For W.T. Williams, work ethic stems from a legacy at HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division. As a third-generation shipbuilder, he was inspired by his mother’s 44-year career at the shipyard.
“My mom started here the year I was born,” said Williams, a project engineer at Ingalls. “She was a very loyal employee. To see how she worked diligently here and still maintained home life was inspiration for me to say, ‘Hey, that may be the place to go.'”
Following his mother’s and grandmother’s footsteps, Williams joined Ingalls 27 years ago and has been learning ever since. As a project engineer assisting the construction of San Antonio-class amphibious transport docks, he works with skilled craftsmen, project managers and the U.S. Navy to prepare ships for delivery.
And after almost three decades, he’s still facing new challenges and opportunities. “I’m like that sponge, sucking up every aspect of this life called shipbuilding,” he said. “I meet those challenges every morning. I repeat those challenges every day,” he said, “but at the end of the day at the close of the shift—whenever that may be, because there are long hours in this profession—I want to see that the support that is needed is given. I want to see the product delivered.”
Quality ships means more than a job well done. For Williams, it means safety for the country and his son.
“I want the ships that we put out to be operating to perfection—to represent this country and serve and protect,” he said. “I want to give my son that’s serving in the Navy a product that he can use and depend on.”