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Travel Opportunities - Assistant Welder (Mastertradesperson 2) - 7537

Date: Sep 8, 2022

Location: Chesapeake, VA, Virginia, United States

Company: HII's Mission Technologies division

Requisition Number: 7537 

Required Travel: 51 - 75%

Employment Type: Full Time/Hourly/Non-Exempt

Hours Per Week: 40 

Security Clearance: Ability to Obtain 

Level of Experience: Mid 

Come Join HII! Where Hard Stuff Is Done Right!

When a U.S. Navy ship needs repairs, they call us.

Join HII Marine Services Operations (MSO) in Chesapeake, VA as we keep the most powerful Navy the world has known afloat and ready to serve. MSO trades teams provide expert solutions on shipboard alterations and installations for fleet modernization. The selected Assistant Welder candidate will support MSO, working closely with our skilled trades teams on surface ships performing a number of welding processes and related duties on shipboard structural removals, installations and upgrades for industrial equipment. Selected candidate will be required to travel to shipyards and military bases located around the country and abroad when not assigned to a local task. Per Diem provided based on location when on travel. Travel and lodging expenses are covered by the company. #LI-MJ1 *TL 


**Candidate must be able to demonstrate welding ability on needed processes through qualification testing and pass with a satisfactory grade from our Quality Assurance Team within the first three weeks from start date for continued employment. 

What You Will Do...

  • Display levels of quality, integrity, safety, respect, engagement and performance consistent with company values.
  • Support trades team by working on active class surface ships to assist with alterations and installations for fleet modernization
  • Assist to meet standards on various contracts such as Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Naval Information Warfare Systems Command and Naval Surface Warfare Center.
  • Install, operate, maintain, repair and modify structural elements and equipment.
  • Assist in a variety of maintenance and technical support on products such as shipboard systems, integrated systems and related equipment/software at company, customer and/or field locations.
  • Troubleshoot and diagnose malfunctions to eliminate problems in minimum time.
  • Maintain effective customer communications and relations. May provide onsite training of customer support personnel.
  • Apply understanding of production and processes to assignments.
  • Perform a variety of simple and complicated tasks related to shipboard maintenance.
  • May assist in the development and use technical documents including controlled work packages, formal work processes and procedures, test documents, reports and task or trip reports.
  • Perform duties outside of specialty in order to complete installation or work assignment.

What You Must Have...

  • Must have High School education/equivalent, and 2 years of related experience.
  • Must have welding experience with stick welding (SMAW) process.
  • Must be able to work from blueprints, weldments, technical manuals, engineering sketches, charts and/or work orders as well as written and verbal instruction.
  • Must have knowledge of quality control steps and procedures.
  • Must be able to follow safety procedures.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a DoD secret security clearance, and maintain clearance level throughout employment.
  • Must be able to obtain base access credentials within 60 days of start date, and maintain credentials throughout employment.
  • Must be able to travel between 50% - 75% when not assigned to local tasking.
  • Must be able to provide hand tools per trades designation.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.

Preferred: Bonus points for...

  • Candidate with experience/knowledge in gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW) and/or flux cored arc welding (FCAW) processes/positions preferred
  • Candidate with current or prior welding certificates applicable with MIL-STD-248 preferred.
  • Candidate with shipboard experience highly desired.
  • Candidates who are currently enrolled or have graduated from and/or completed a vocational school or skilled trades certificate program are preferred.
  • Current Shipyard Competent Person Certification preferred.
  • Current OSHA 10 Maritime Certificate a plus.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to lift, carry and transport heavy equipment and boxes. The exact weight requirements will be determined by the specific job, but no less than 30 lbs. Able to work on and climb ladders, work in extreme temperature environments, aboard ships, in shipyards, under industrial conditions and in confined spaces. Able to perform other duties as required which may involve high heat, humidity, noise and dirty conditions, working aloft or over the sides of vessels. May ride ships at sea for extended periods. May require wearing a respirator. Travel may be required within and outside of the continental United States.

This opportunity resides with Fleet Sustainment, a business group within HII’s Mission Technologies division. For 40 years, the U.S. Navy has entrusted HII to maintain and modernize the vast majority of its fleet. From small watercraft to submarines, combatants and aircraft carriers, our systems and maintenance experts help the Navy maintain a high state of readiness. And, we deploy with the most advanced technology and capability available.


HII is a global engineering and defense technologies provider. With a 135-year history of trusted partnerships in advancing U.S. national security, HII delivers critical capabilities ranging from the most powerful and survivable naval ships ever built, to unmanned systems, ISR and AI/ML analytics. HII leads the industry in mission-driven solutions that support and enable a networked, all-domain force. Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s skilled workforce is 44,000 strong. For more information, please visit:


HII is an Equal Opportunity/Vets and Disabled Employer. U.S. Citizenship may be required for certain positions.