Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, along with the Virginia Ship Repair Association and local Virginia community colleges in Hampton Roads have partnered together to offer a three-week Marine Welder Trainee Program.
No experience is necessary! The program is designed to prepare candidates to enter the welding school program at Newport News Shipbuilding. The three-week (120 hours) course will cover safety, an introduction to welding and welding skills, a validation of basic welder competencies, and an evaluation of employability skills. This program is designed to be 90% hands-on, focusing on a candidate’s ability to follow verbal and written instruction, display manual dexterity consistent with the welding craft, accomplish specific tasks in a reasonable time, and perform all duties in a safe manner.
- Must be at least 18 years old
- U.S. Citizen
- Must complete job application
- Must complete interview
- Successfully complete Work Keys Testing
- Pass a criminal background investigation, drug-screen, and physical
- Must be able to be respirator qualified
- Must be able to work any shift
- If accepted into the program pay $250 tuition fee (paid to community college where training will take place)
How to Participate
- Apply for the program
- Those selected must complete an interview, then pass work keys testing, then pass a drug screen, physical and background check to be accepted into the program.
- Once accepted to participate, complete the community college’s enrollment process and pay the $250 tuition fee
- Attend the three-week program, Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- After completion of the program, start work with Newport News Shipbuilding as a full-time Structural Welder. The $250 tuition fee will then be reimbursed by NNS under the shipyard’s tuition reimbursement program.
Current Participating Schools