Marine Welder Training Program | NNS

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.

Basic Qualifications

  • 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

  1. Apply for the program
  2. 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.
  3. Once accepted to participate, complete the community college’s enrollment process and pay the $250 tuition fee
  4. Attend the three-week program, Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  5. 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