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Ingalls to Hire Approximately 3,000 Full-time Shipbuilders

June 9, 2021

(Photo: Derek Fountain / HII)

(Photo: Derek Fountain / HII)

America's largest military shipbuilding group Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) said its Ingalls Shipbuilding division plans to hire approximately 3,000 full-time shipbuilders.

Ingalls’ talent acquisition team has been recruiting across Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, and will return to Pascagoula on June 10 to host a hiring event at Ingalls’ new human resources building. The company is hiring ship fitters, electricians, pipefitters, pipe welders and structural welders and seeking applicants with mechanical, hot work or carpentry experience.

“We are steadily adding new team members to our growing workforce,” Ingalls Shipbuilding president Kari Wilkinson said. “Shipbuilding is a challenging, extremely rewarding and potentially life-changing career, and we are excited to offer so many full-time, stable, full-benefits opportunities to our community.”

HII said Ingalls offers competitive pay and health insurance, 12 paid holidays annually, a health care clinic for shipbuilders and their families and more. The shipyard recently completed facilities enhancements, including more than a million square feet of covered work area, improved access to work sites and tool rooms, cool down and hydration stations and a second dining area in the shipyard that features a Chick-fil-A. No-cost, pre-hire training is available to those without the required skills or work experience.

“Workforce development is critical to the sustainment of a strong talent pipeline,” said George S. Jones, Ingalls vice president of operations. “We maintain longstanding partnerships with local schools and community stakeholders to make training opportunities readily available to those who want to start their career in shipbuilding at Ingalls.”

“As Mississippi’s largest industrial employer, we remain committed to the long-term viability of our workforce,” said Edmond Hughes, Ingalls vice president of human resources and administration. “We continue to evaluate and enhance the employee experience so that we are able to attract the talent we need to build ships that protect and defend our nation.”

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