Structural Welder (Current Employee), Newport News, Va 23605 – May 17, 2012
Pros: great co-workers, laid back atmosphere
Cons: lack of equpiment, hard to find working equpiment
A typical day starts with a safety meeting to remind everyone to be safe and to look out for the guy next to you. Then we receive our job assignments and head to assigned work place. Once we have found our job we then need to find a machine line and wire feeder and claim it with our tool bag. We then look over our job to see what all we will need to – more... do it, ie; mirrors, mirror holder, half shield, respirator, ect. After we check all the base material to make sure everything matches we'll sign out job assignment sheets and then proceed to get our wire for the job.
In the little over 3 years I have been working for the ship yard I have learned a lot. I came into the ship yard without any welding experience and have now become proficient in FCAW, GMAW, SMAW, and TGAW. I have also had the opportunity to work on some important joints that received MT and UT testing, and have passed all the joints I have done.
The management at the ship yard want to see people succeed and will do what they need to do to help you get where they need you to be. If that means one on one help, or just a little help setting your heat and wire speed.
Your co-workers make the ship yard the reason why its a great place to work. They will help you pull a line, find a line, find a wire feeder ect. They help pass the time and are full of knowledge seeing how most of us are from all different kinds of backgrounds.
The hardest part of the job is the tight work, when you can only get a mirror into your job and you have to weld one handed with your non-dominate hand. Or just the fact that if you can get into any position at any time and have to weld, even if you're almost upside down.
To me the most enjoyable part of the job is once you finish your assigned job and you look it over and you know you did a great job. The weld looks great and even your supervisor comes and looks at it and agree with you. – less
CNC Robot Operator (Current Employee), Gulfport, MS – February 13, 2013
Pros: relaxed atmosphere
Cons: long commute
A typical day involves little to no stress where emphasis is placed on the production of quality parts, manufactured and machined to tight tolerances. While working here I learned how to operate a five axis robot and modify G code based programs. Management personnel are all highly experienced and easy to work for. My co-workers have always been committed – more... to being part of the team and to getting the job done. The hardest part of my job comes when a 4500 sq/ft part lands on the cutting table. Getting these parts properly aligned is physically demanding but worth it because it leads directly to the most enjoyable part of my job. Knowing that I am trusted with such a expensive and complex machine gives me a great sense of pride. Also, producing parts for the military gives me the opportunity to do my part for the country. And knowing that service men and women will utilize the parts that I make to do there job leaves me with a great sense of satisfaction. – less
Admin (Former Employee), Pascagoula, MS – January 27, 2013
Pros: i love to work with people and stay busy.
Handled all office work for the electrical dept. I ordered supplies, answered phones, filed paperwork. I also had to maintain a calendar for my general superintendent along with charts, graphs and anything he needed done. I updated all files that needed to be updated and resent out. I did it all.
Engineer Mechanical (Former Employee), Newport News, VA – January 18, 2013
Good and solid company to work for on a daily basis. Works on carriers and submarines. Mechanical to structural to electrical to everything else in between. Reports for engineering construction. Passion for building carriers and submarines.
Administrative Functional Support (Former Employee), Newport News, VA – January 15, 2013
Pros: great security for building and parking.
Cons: space was very limited. lunchtime too short.
Under the Engineering area worksite, the job itself was very interesting and the working environment was enjoyable. It was generally a great place to work. Co-workers were very friendly and family oriented, while management was usually distant. Sitting for long periods of time was hard on the body which was the hardest part of the job. The type of work – more... along with the teamwork spirit from co-workers was the best part. The knowledge gained was very valuable and would be appreciated by companies requiring the same skill and performance. – less
Test Engineer V (Current Employee), Pascagoula, MS – November 16, 2012
Pros: good benefits
Cons: job security
It's very competative. Applying research to the planning, design, development and testing of mechanical and/or electromechanical systems, instruments, controls, engines and/or machines along with all required supporting auxiliary systems. Responsible for performing routine engineering work requiring application of standard engineering techniques, procedures – more... and criteria. Responsibilities included all aspects of marine engineering, design,integration, and test. – less
Sheet Metal Mechanic (Former Employee), Newport News, VA – October 16, 2012
Cons: work/life balance
The shipbuilding industry is different at Huntington Ingalls. There is more to focus on than just rip out and installing. There are more areas of interest for an individual to focus on. Workers can become more involved in new construction, overhaul, or nuclear work. There are vast opportunities for workers to advance within this company.