Portsmouth Naval Shipyard wants to hire 160By KIMBERLEY HAAS
Union Leader Correspondent
November 13. 2017 9:51PM
ELIOT, Maine — Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is hiring to meet workload demands.
The shipyard is looking to fill approximately 160 engineering, trade, inspection and chemist positions with experienced candidates.
A job fair will be held today from noon to 8 p.m. at the Regatta Banquet & Conference Center on Route 236 in Eliot, Maine.
Public affairs specialist Libby Morin said Monday that the shipyard’s hiring plan is based on submarine workload, budget and workforce attrition needs.
“Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is a vital element of the Navy’s submarine maintenance industrial base and continues to plan and prepare for the steady workload maintaining our Los Angeles and Virginia-class attack submarines. The Navy has a comprehensive Life Cycle maintenance plan for its submarines to ensure safe, reliable and mission capable operations,” Morin said.
Morin explained that periodic maintenance and modernization begins immediately after construction and continues throughout the life of every vessel.
In addition to its workload, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Detachment-San Diego supports the intermediate maintenance and emergent repairs on attack submarines homeported and operating in the San Diego Area of Responsibility, Morin said.
“The Navy looks to Portsmouth for quality work on time and on budget. We are looking to this job fair to find dedicated individuals who can help us continue to deliver excellence for the Navy and the nation,” Shipyard Commander Capt. Dave Hunt said in a statement.
Select positions at the job fair may be available for expedited hiring. Representatives from major departments will be on hand to meet with attendees and answer questions.
Applicants should bring multiple copies of their resume, professional certifications and academic transcripts. Veterans should bring copies of their DD-214.
Resumes will not be accepted for entry-level positions, but information will be available about the shipyard’s Engineering Pathways, Worker Skills Progression, and Trades Apprenticeship programs.
Anyone interested in entry-level opportunities must apply online through www.USAJOBS.gov.
The shipyard may add as many as 800 jobs in the 2018 fiscal year. That would bring the civilian workforce to 6,100 Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts residents.