Marine Outside Machinist Training Program | NNS

Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, along with several local Virginia community colleges in Hampton Roads have partnered together to offer a two-week Marine Outside Machinist Trainee Program.


No experience is necessary! The program is designed to prepare trainees to work with hand tools, power tools, measuring, fasteners, drawings, flanges, and the safety and quality standards required in a marine environment working aboard ships in various stages of construction.

Basic Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Must complete job application
  • Work Keys Testing in Reading for Information and Applied Mathematics
  • $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. Those selected to participate must then pass work keys testing, a drug screen, physical and background check to be accepted into the program.
  3. Once accepted, complete the community college’s enrollment process and pay the $250 tuition fee
  4. Attend the two-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 Marine Outside Machinist. The $250 tuition fee will then be reimbursed by NNS under the shipyard’s tuition reimbursement program.

Participating Schools

Career Profile Highlight: Outside Machinists

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.