Know Your Numbers Program
Amy Iveson, HII’s manager of health and wellness strategy, says the recently launched “Know Your Numbers” campaign is an important component of HII’s transformation.
“It’s saying that well-being is important,” she said. “In my 30 years of health care experience, I have never seen a company invest so much in well-being. That alone is going to transform not just the company and the culture, but it’s going to transform the business by employees being able to bring their best selves to work every day.”
Talent Development Labs at Ingalls
Ingalls Shipbuilding‘s Talent Development Labs—a year-old partnership with Gulf Coast high schools—are another example of how the division is developing the shipbuilders of the future.
“The talent labs are transforming our communities,” said Edmond Hughes, Ingalls’ vice president, Human Resources and Administration, “by allowing us to show students what are the careers that are available and the options that are out there for them if they want to remain here in the community.”
Laser-Scanning at Newport News Shipbuilding
HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division is using laser-scanning to transform the work done on aircraft carrier catapult troughs during a refueling and complex overhaul.
“It shows the forward-thinking process that we’re looking at,” said Woody Woods, a Newport News designer, “bringing the technology in and changing the game and not building the ships the way we used to—leveraging the technology to improve that process.”
Ingalls' Workforce Development
HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division is transforming workforce development with its Signing Day and Future Shipbuilder Discovery Day initiatives.
“Signing Day is really important for our students because … they’re choosing to go to work instead of go to college,” said Victoria Hunt, manager of Ingalls’ Shipbuilder Academy. “So we wanted to make sure that our students knew that it was just as amazing for them to receive job offers at the age of 18 than it was to go to college.”
How Do We Build A Transformation Culture?
“Everybody has to recognize that where they are in their current position today, there are improvements that could be made along the way,” Melanie Anderson, vice president of human resources at HII’s Technical Solutions division, said at this year’s vice president offsite. “They shouldn’t wait for an external force to suggest something needs to change or improve or a customer wants something different.”
Who Is Responsible For Transformation?
“Everyone is responsible for transformation,” Xavier Beale, vice president of trades at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division, said at this year’s vice president offsite. “It’s not just the leader. … Every person within this organization—within HII—is responsible for transformation.”
'Life Changing' Watch Rotations
HII’s Technical Solutions division helped develop new watch rotations that will improve the health and safety of U.S. Navy sailors.
“The results were phenomenal,” John Cordle, a director in Technical Solutions’ Fleet Support Group, said of their research. “One of the crew members said the words ‘life-changing.’”
The project is representative of HII’s transformational culture. “If you have a passion, you have a platform, and you have patience,” Cordle said, “you can be an agent for change.”
Integrated digital shipbuilding (IDS) is transforming the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) program at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division.
“This is actually one of the first ships that we’ve had a large presence of integrated digital shipbuilding on the RCOH program,” Jason Ipock, a lead general foreman, said of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) overhaul. “One of the biggest things that we’re seeing from it is that it’s actually taking the way we’ve always done it before, and it’s allowing us to be a little bit more efficient, a little bit more effective, a little bit quicker in our day-to-day operations.”
Robotic Automation at Ingalls Shipbuilding
Kevin Roossinck, a welding engineer at HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division, says computer modeling has facilitated the integration of robots in the Pascagoula shipyard.
“Robots are helping transform the shipyard,” he said. “I think this is an exciting time at Ingalls because we’re putting hundreds of millions of dollars into the shipyard in improving our facilities, increasing the amount of technology, making everything faster, smarter, more efficient, and I’m just excited to be a part of it.”
Laser Scanning at Sea
After testing laser-scanning technology on stationary ships, HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division was challenged by the U.S. Navy to prove that the tests are also reliable under sea conditions. It succeeded.
“I’m just real excited to be part of laser-scanning,” said Woody Woods, a Newport News designer. “After being in the shipyard for 32 years, I never thought I’d be working with technology like this, and I can only imagine where we’ll be 30 years from now, using this technology.”
HII Talking Points Podcasts on Transformation
Dec.17, 2018: Brian Cuccias on Enterprise Transformation. Brian Cuccias, president of HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division, discusseshow the “Shipyard of the Future,” changes in onboarding new employees and Ingalls’ Ideas Program are transformational.
Nov. 27, 2018: Andy Green on Enterprise Transformation. Andy Green, president of HII’s Technical Solutions division, says “Transformation means we’re doing something totally different from the way that we used to do it.” He shares how TSD is transforming itself and the services business.
Nov. 6, 2018: Jennifer Boykin on Enterprise Transformation. Jennifer Boykin, president of Newport News Shipbuilding, continues the discussion on Enterprise Transformation. She shares how NNS is transforming the workforce and the leadership factory, and how the company is leveraging current technology.
Oct. 17, 2018: Scott Stabler on Enterprise Transformation. HII Executive Vice President and and Chief Transformation Officer Scott Stabler provides an overview of transformation efforts at HII.
Aug. 28, 2017: Mike Petters on Innovation and Disruption. Hear from HII President and CEO Mike Petters talk about what they mean for HII.