Marine Electrician Training Program – NNS

Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, along with Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development, and several local Virginia community colleges in Hampton Roads have partnered together to offer a three-week Marine Electrician Trainee Program.


No experience is necessary! The program is designed to prepare trainees to perform the basic marine electrician skills necessary to work safely in a shipyard industrial environment. Trainees will learn and practice basic electrical skills including: understanding electrical terminology/principles, workplace safety, electrical safety, hand and power tools, wire ways, cable preparation, and electrical and equipment hook-ups.

Basic Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Must complete job application
  • Work Keys Testing in Locating Information and Reading Tests
  • $250 tuition fee (paid to community college where training will take place)

How to Participate

  1. Apply for the program Note: Applications are currently not being accepted for this program, please check back often for updates.
  2. Selected candidates will then be scheduled to complete WorkKeys testing and an interview with Newport News Shipbuilding
  3. Those selected to participate must then pass Work Keys testing, a drug screen, physical and background check to be accepted into the program.
  4. Once accepted, complete the community college’s enrollment process and pay the $250 tuition fee
  5. Attend the three-week program, Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  6. After completion of the program, start work with Newport News Shipbuilding as a full-time marine electrician. The $250 tuition fee will then be reimbursed by NNS under the shipyard’s tuition reimbursement program.

Participating Schools

Career Profile Highlight: Electricians

Additionally: Are you interested in a welder training program? Learn more about the 120-hour Fast Track Welding Program with Paul D. Camp Community College.