Newport News Shipbuilding Marine Trades Trainee Programs

Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, has partnered with the Virginia Ship Repair Association and local Virginia community colleges and maritime training facilities to offer several course-to-hire Marine Trades Training (MTT) programs for individuals interested in learning a trade and working full-time for Newport News Shipbuilding.

Courses are offered once a month with 8-10 students per class. 

How it Works:

  1. APPLY for the program(s) you are interested in – candidates must be 18 or older, a U.S. citizen, and be able to work any of our 3 shifts – when applying you must complete the entire application and provide up to 10 years of work experience (if applicable to you)
  2. Selected candidates will be scheduled for an interview, background check, and drug screen and physical
  3. Candidates that successfully complete the pre-hiring process then pay $250 tuition fee to the community college where training is taking place
  4. Complete 2 or 3 week training program
  5. Candidates that successfully complete the training will start working for Newport News Shipbuilding full-time
  6. Once employee starts work, NNS will reimburse the $250 tuition fee back to the employee

WATCH TRAINEE PROGRAM VIDEO to learn more

Deck Electrician Trainee Program

Program offered at Thomas Nelson Community College (Hampton, VA)

Deck Electricians work on many electrical systems aboard the ship including lighting, power distribution, communications or navigation. Deck Electricians can quickly switch between different tasks ranging from lighting and receptacle hook-ups, installing wire way racks and electrical controls, lighting maintenance, and performing preventative maintenance

WATCH VIDEO to see if Deck Electrician is the trade for YOU

Currently – applications are not being accepted for this program

Fitter Trainee Program

Program offered at Paul D. Camp Community College (Suffolk),  Thomas Nelson Community College (Hampton, VA) and Tidewater Community College (Portsmouth, VA)

Fitters are often called “carpenters of steel.” Fitters weld ship ceilings, floors, hulls and walls. Experience in carpentry, construction and mechanics lends itself to a career as a Fitter.

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Machinist Trainee Program

Program offered at Paul D. Camp Community College (Suffolk, VA)

Two-week program (80 hours)

7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Monday thru Friday)

Inside Machinists work in NNS shops operating various manual and CNC machines. Inside Machinists are responsible for troubleshooting operations and performing quality inspections.

Outside Machinists work on propellers and shafts, elevators, periscopes, missile and torpedo launchers, turbines, pumps, valves, diesel engines, air conditioning, catapults, steering gear and dive planes. Outside Machinists work with various complex tools and and machinery and can work indoor or outside in all climates.

WATCH VIDEO to see if Machinist is the trade for YOU

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*A $2,500 sign-on bonus is now being offered to participants that successfully complete this program who hold an Active Security Clearance (Confidential, Secret, Top) 

Marine Coatings Trainee Program

Program offered at Tidewater Community College (Norfolk, VA)

Two-week program (80 hours)

7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Monday thru Friday)

Nearly every element aboard a ship requires coatings. Painters are responsible for a wide variety of marine coating systems. Painters wear a respirator often and must be clean shaven daily.

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Pipefitter Trainee Program

Program offered at Tidewater Community College (Norfolk, VA)

Pipefitters are responsible for more than 23 MILES of pipe on a nuclear submarine and more than 230 MILES of pipe on a nuclear aircraft carrier. WOW! As a Pipefitter, you will learn how to read blueprints, fabricate, install, inspect, and test the many piping systems onboard a ship. The ability to perform mathematical conversions is required.

WATCH VIDEO to see if Pipefitter is the trade for YOU.

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*A $2,500 sign-on bonus is now being offered to participants that successfully complete this program who hold an Active Security Clearance (Confidential, Secret, Top) 

Welder Trainee Program

Programs offered at Paul D. Camp Community College (Suffolk),  Thomas Nelson Community College (Hampton, VA) and Tidewater Community College (Portsmouth, VA)

As a NNS welder, you will first be qualified through the shipyard’s nationally recognized welding school. Welders weld (not fabricate) using a wide range of filler metals and welding processes to perform structural and/or pipe welds in all phases of ship construction. We employ the most skilled nuclear welders in the nation.

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