Huntington Ingalls Industries FITTER in Newport News, Virginia


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X11: Fitters

External Job Description:

The Fitter Trainee program is a joint partnership between Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, Workforce Development, and several local Virginia Community Colleges. This program provides a candidate with the unique opportunity to build a career in shipbuilding.

This course is 3 weeks (120 hours) long designed to prepare candidates to enter the Fitter Program at NNS. The course will cover safety, an introduction to basic welding skills, a validation of basic welder competencies required to be a successful Fitter, and an evaluation of employability skills. This program is designed to be 90% hands-on, focusing on a candidate's ability to follow verbal & written instruction, display manual dexterity consistent with tack welding often done as a Fitter, accomplish specific tasks in a reasonable time, and perform all activities in a safe manner.

All candidate are required to complete a NNS job application. Selected candidates will be scheduled to complete work keys testing, and an interview. Offers of employment will be given to those candidates selected to participate in this program. The offer will include several contingencies including a drug scree, physical, and background check. once the candidate has cleared the drug screen and physical, they will be accepted in to the program.

The Training program will be for 3 weeks from 7am to 3:30pm, Monday - Friday. If selected to participate in this training program, then the candidate will need to complete the college's enrollment process and pay a $250 tuition fee to the community college where the training will take place. With the completion of the training program, along with meeting all other contingencies previously mentioned, the candidate will be given a start to work date through Newport News Shipbuilding and hired as a Fitter. Once the employee starts to work, they will be reimbursed the $250 (subject to tax withholding) by NNS.

Fitters are often called the “carpenters” of shipbuilding or “Artists of Steel”. Fitters read, interpret, plan and execute from drawings and procedures. Fitters measure, cut, grind, fit, align and tack weld parts as small your finger nail to the large sub-assemblies and super lifts that form the structural body of the ship.

Fitters build in-place all interior structures, hatches, doors, bulkheads, etc., to complete all the steel work in the ship.

A fitter will apply their skills in the shops, platens, dry-docks and onboard ships in support of new construction, ship repair and ship overhauls.

Watch this trainee video to learn more: Trainee Video

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Fitter Trainee (X11)

Basic Qualifications:

Trainee Class is taught at Thomas Nelson Community College or Tidewater Community College you must be able to attend either school. This is a 3 week trainee class that is unpaid and requires a $250 fee which is reimbursed once you begin work at Newport News Shipbuilding.

Must be able to be respirator qualified. This is a construction environment involving extreme heights, confined spaces, physical labor and various weather conditions within a shipyard environment. Must be able to work any shift.





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Company Statement:

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Missions Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 37,000 people operating both domestically and internationally.

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No relocation assistance available

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Newport News-Virginia-United States

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EEO Statement:

Equal Opportunity Employer - Veterans/Disabled Welcome. U.S. citizenship required for most positions.

Preferred Qualifications:

High school graduate preferred.