Ship­build­ing & Skilled Trades Voca­tional Train­ing at the New­port News Appren­tice School - Earn While You Study & Work


Founded in 1919, the New­port News Appren­tice School is an edu­ca­tional and career oppor­tu­nity unlike any other. It pro­vides high qual­ity, com­pre­hen­sive 4 and 5-​year appren­tice pro­grams for stu­dents inter­ested in ship­build­ing careers. The pro­grams have pro­duced over 9,000 grad­u­ates in sup­port of the oper­a­tional needs of New­port News Ship­build­ing. The appren­tice pro­gram allows a per­son to receive thor­ough instruc­tion and expe­ri­ence - both the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal - in the var­i­ous aspects of a skilled trade.

You will ben­e­fit by obtain­ing an aca­d­e­mic degree. Dur­ing your 4 or 5 year appren­tice­ship (depend­ing on the option you choose), you will earn while you learn. You will take an aca­d­e­mic load of col­lege tuition free classes while on-​the-​clock that will be of value to you wher­ever your future aspi­ra­tions might take you. The school offers asso­ciate degree tracks in either Busi­ness or Engi­neer­ing. Also, as the school is fully accred­ited, your classes are fully trans­fer­able to other insti­tu­tions if you plan to con­tinue your education.

There two appren­tice pro­grams by Hunt­ing­ton Ingalls Indus­tries two divi­sions at the Appren­tice School. The first divi­sion, New­port News Ship­build­ing (NNS) is the nation’s sole-​industrial designer, builder and refu­eler of nuclear-​powered air­craft car­ri­ers and one of the only two ship­yards capa­ble of design­ing and build­ing nuclear-​powered sub­marines. The sec­ond divi­sion, Ingalls Ship­build­ing (IS) has pio­neered the devel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion of tech­no­log­i­cally advanced, highly capa­ble war­ships for the sur­face Navy fleet, US Coast Guard, US Marine Corps, and for­eign and com­mer­cial customers.

Apprentice Training Programs

New­port News Ship­build­ing Program

Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice Program

New­port News Ship­build­ing Appren­tice Train­ing: An appren­tice­ship is a for­mal train­ing pro­gram, which allows a per­son to receive thor­ough instruc­tion and expe­ri­ence - both the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal - in the var­i­ous aspects of a skilled trade. Today’s appren­tices are fully-​trained, well-​paid men and women acquir­ing skills and knowl­edge that will serve them well through­out their careers. Fol­low­ing are the crafts available:

  • Coat­ings Specialist
  • Dimen­sional Con­trol Technician
  • Elec­tri­cian
  • Elec­tri­cian Maintenance
  • Heat­ing & Air Conditioning
  • Heavy Metal Fabricator
  • Insu­la­tor
  • Machin­ist
  • Mill­wright
  • Molder
  • Non-​Destructive Tester (NDT)
  • Out­side Machinist
  • Pat­tern­maker
  • Pip­efit­ter & Pip­efit­ter Maintenance
  • Rig­ger
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Ship­fit­ter
  • Welder
  • Weld­ing Equip­ment Repairer

Optional, Advanced Pro­grams: Appren­tices selected for the Advanced Optional Pro­grams will spend about two years on the water­front and the remain­der of the appren­tice­ship in the optional pro­gram for which they are selected. Cri­te­ria for selec­tion include aca­d­e­mic grades, craft per­for­mance, atten­dance, per­sonal inter­est, and apti­tude for the work.

  • Advanced Ship­yard Operations
  • Marine Designer
  • Pro­duc­tion Planner
  • Mod­el­ing and Sim­u­la­tion Analyst
  • Nuclear Test Technician
  • Cost Esti­ma­tor

Ingalls Ship­build­ing Program

Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice Program

Ingalls Ship­build­ing Appren­tice Train­ing: The present sys­tem of appren­tice­ship train­ing at Ingalls Ship­build­ing, is designed to pro­vide an oppor­tu­nity for young men and women to mas­ter one of the crafts of ship­build­ing. The reg­u­lar inden­tured appren­tice pro­grams con­sist of well-​balanced cur­ricu­lum of on-​the-​job train­ing and related class­room instruc­tion. Fol­low­ing suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the pro­gram, the appren­tice is pro­moted to the sta­tus of jour­ney­man. All related course work com­pleted in the appren­tice cur­ricu­lum will apply as col­lege credit, and appren­tices who com­plete the addi­tional required courses will be awarded an Asso­ciate of Applied Sci­ence degree in Occu­pa­tional Edu­ca­tion. Fol­low­ing crafts are covered:

  • Boil­er­maker (ship­fit­ter) - 6,000 Hours
  • Marine Elec­tri­cal - 8,000 Hours
  • Main­te­nance Elec­tri­cal - 8,000 Hours
  • Sheet­metal - 8,000 Hours
  • Welder - 4,000 Hours
  • Pipewelder - 6,000 Hours
  • Painter - 6,000 Hours
  • Pip­efit­ter - 8,000 Hours
  • Pipe Insu­la­tion - 8,000 Hours
  • Out­side Machin­ist - 8,000 Hours
  • Inside Machin­ist - 8,000 Hours
  • Joiner/​Insulator - 8,000 Hours
  • Car­pen­ter - 8,000 Hours
  • Com­pos­ite - 4,000 Hours your social media marketing partner