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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.

Entry Level Engineering Positions Available
Announcement closes November 26, 2017. Upload DD-214s (if applicable), transcripts, and resume when applying. Be sure to complete the assessment questionnaire when applying.

Pathways Internship Available
Announcement opens October 3, 2017 and closes November 3, 2017. Upload DD-214s (if applicable), transcripts, and resume when applying.
Applicants will receive an email from assessments@USAHire.opm.gov. The assessment must be completed by November 3, 2017 to complete the full application. The assessment takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete.
A sample assessment can be found at https://usahire.opm.gov/assess/default/sample/Sample.action

Questions can be directed to the Engineering Recruiter at (207) 438-3451 or PNS-ENG-RECRUITING@navy.mil

All positions are filled through the usajobs.gov website.  

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard employs 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

Resources For Applicants

DON Applicant Toolkit:

USAJOBS Resource Center: