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Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is the organization responsible for engineering, building, buying and maintaining the U.S. Navy’s ships, submarines and combat systems.

NAVSEA is the largest of the U.S. Navy’s five systems commands, with a force of 74,000 civilian, military and contract support personnel and a fiscal year budget of nearly $30 billion—one quarter of the U.S. Navy’s entire budget.

NAVSEA manages more than 150 acquisition programs and is responsible for establishing and enforcing technical authority in ship and combat system design and operation. NAVSEA also manages foreign military sales cases for the construction and modernization of ships and ship systems.

Yes, you must be a United States citizen when you apply to work for NAVSEA. We do not assist individuals in applying for U.S. citizenship.

No. NAVSEA seeks candidates for civilian careers in support of the Navy. You will be a federal government civilian employee, not a member of the uniformed armed forces.

As a civilian employee at NAVSEA, you will perform vital work that enables the safety of the United States and allows our Sailors and Marines to defend our nation abroad.

You may work side-by-side with active duty men and women, but NAVSEA is staffed predominantly by civilians.

Federal government salaries are comparable to those in the private sector.  Additionally, your earning potential will increase based upon your performance and tenure with NAVSEA.

In addition to providing a competitive salary, NAVSEA also offers generous employee benefits.

While you should always maintain a current resume, you will build and submit your resume, along with your application, through the federal government’s staffing site, USAJOBS.

Federal internships for students from high school through post-graduate school are available throughout the year.  For more information go to our Internship page.

NAVSEA participates in the Naval Acquisition Development Program and the Pathways for Recent Graduates program. More information is available on the employment programs web page.

Visit our Veteran and Wounded Warrior site for more information.

No, there are not specific service commitments. As a civilian government employee you are hired at-will.

As with any job in the federal government, the application process will vary. If you are a qualified candidate, you will be contacted by a hiring manager, who may proceed to conduct an in-person interview at his or her discretion.

The application process typically takes between four and eight months.

You may need to attend an in-person interview, though this is based on the discretion of the hiring manager.

Possessing an active security clearance is not required for immediate employment with NAVSEA. However, applicants must be able to meet the requirements to obtain a security clearance. Due to security requirements, applicants must be 18 years of age or older and a U.S. citizen.

Reimbursement may be provided for relocating certain personnel, but it is ultimately up to the hiring manager and depends on program funding.

The NAVSEA Commanding Officer reports to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), who in turn is responsible for carrying out orders from the Secretary of the Navy.

NAVSEA Organizational Chart

Numerous divisions exist within NAVSEA: Comptroller; Contracts; Logistics; Maintenance & Industrial Operations; Ship Design Integration & Engineering; Warfare Systems Engineering; Undersea Warfare; Corporate Operations; and Nuclear Propulsion.

Across NAVSEA activities, including 11 warfare centers, four shipyards, seven regional maintenance centers, headquarters and five program executive offices (PEOs); the command offers fascinating careers in engineering, program management, logistics, finance and technology.

Employee development programs, management training, student loan repayment programs and performance awards are in place to encourage and support learning and progress at every level.

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