Naval Sea Systems Command

Entry Level Engineering Opportunities

Looking for a Challenging Career?

Are you interested in a career that provides you with the opportunity to earn good money and affords you new challenges? If so, then consider applying for an engineering career with the U.S. Department of the Navy.

All of our positions are filled through the website.  

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is currently accepting applications for the following engineering disciplines:
Chemical  Civil
Computer Electronics
Electrical General
Industrial Mechanical
Materials Naval Architecture
Nuclear Welding

Starting positions include GS-5, GS-7, and GS-9 levels and salaries are based upon qualifications. 

Advancement/Career Progression is toward the target grade of the specific position being filled (GS-11 or GS-12).

Each announcement includes a questionnaire and your answers determine your ranking.  All qualified candidates will be ranked into one of three categories – Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. 

To be considered for a position you must meet the minimum qualifications below:

GS-5 level positions
Bachelor's degree in Engineering (required for all levels)

GS-7 level positions
One year of graduate-level education or Superior Academic Achievement (GPA 2.95 or higher, class standing or Honor Society membership) or one year of specialized experience at the GS-5 level.

GS-9 level position
Two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree or one year of specialized experience at the GS-7 level.

AND be found Best Qualified based on your answers to the questionnaire.

Individual Development
Each new engineer has an Individual Development Plan (IDP) that covers organizational structure, admin, safety, security issues, organizational products and work methods, technical skill development, job resources and tools, submarine systems and culminates in actual job rotation assignments.

Benefits Package
Vacation & Sick Leave  Health & Life Insurance
Retirement Plan (401K equivalent)    Matching Contributions
Paid Federal Holidays Family Friendly Leave
Flexible Work Schedules Promotional Opportunities

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