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Ingalls Shipbuilding looking to hire 3,000 new employees

For more information about careers at Ingalls Shipbuilding, visit buildyourcareer.com.
Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 4:52 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 6:51 AM CDT
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PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WLOX) - Ingalls Shipbuilding just announced a plan for the future that includes hiring approximately 3,000 full-time shipbuilders. And if you don’t have the right experience or skills, don’t worry. No-cost, pre-hire training is available.

The company’s talent acquisition team has been on the road recruiting across the region. On June 10, they held a hiring event at Ingalls’ new human resources building.

Job seekers like Darian Vandiver quickly filled out applications, eager to hire and begin a longtime career with the shipyard.

“I know a few people who work here and I heard they have great benefits as far as career-wise and it’s a great company to work with if you want to stay with someone for the long term and retire and build a bunch of benefits,” said Vandiver. “They have things from the business side to the labor side no matter what you’re looking to get into.”

Experienced journeyman can make around $28 per hour. Training programs are also being offered for anyone looking to gain more experience.

“One (new training program) is Hire Up, where we use many of the high schools after hours and we train here on-site and we also have harbors through the community colleges. There are opportunities for individuals who do not have shipbuilding experience to gain that experience with us,” said Edmond Hughes, Ingalls’ Vice President of Human Resources and Administration Edmond Hughes.

With training programs like that, it makes it possible for anyone interested in a shipbuilding career to gain the knowledge they need, especially those just entering the workforce at a young age.

“I feel like this is a very good time for the youth to get out and explore opportunities that they don’t get everyday,” said Vandiver. “This is a great opportunity for the next generation of the workforce to come out and show their hand and what they have to offer.”

Hughes says having to hire this many new employees shows how well the shipyard is growing.

“I think it does reflect on what’s going on in the shipyard,” said Hughes. “We’re looking to bring individuals onboard to help us meet our contractual obligations.”

Just this week, Ingalls announced that it has been awarded a contract with a potential total value of $724 million for planning yard services. Those services will provide more support for amphibious transport dock (LPD 17), assault (LHD 1 and LHA 6), command (LCC 19), and dock landing (LSD 41/49) classes of ships.

That’s just one example of how the shipyard is growing and hiring new employees is a sign of that growth, said Ingalls’ new president.

“We are steadily adding new team members to our growing workforce,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Kari Wilkinson said. “Shipbuilding is a challenging, extremely rewarding and potentially life-changing career, and we are excited to offer so many full-time, stable, full-benefits opportunities to our community.”

Among the positions Ingalls is hiring for are ship fitters, electricians, pipefitters, pipe welders and structural welders. The company is also seeking applicants with mechanical, hot work or carpentry experience.

Huntington Ingalls Industries offers competitive pay and health insurance, 12 paid holidays annually, a health care clinic for shipbuilders and their families and more. The shipyard recently completed facilities enhancements, including more than a million square feet of covered work area, improved access to work sites and tool rooms, cool down and hydration stations and a second dining area in the shipyard that features a Chick-fil-A.

“As Mississippi’s largest industrial employer, we remain committed to the long-term viability of our workforce,” said Edmond Hughes, Ingalls vice president of human resources and administration. “We continue to evaluate and enhance the employee experience so that we are able to attract the talent we need to build ships that protect and defend our nation.”

Until all 3,000 job openings are filled, Ingalls Shipbuilding will continue hosting hiring events in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Interested applicants can learn more about a career at Ingalls on their website: buildyourcareer.com.

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