Shipbuilders Needed to Join JMAF Team

Published October 19, 2021

The Joint Manufacturing and Assembly Facility (JMAF) allows Newport News Shipbuilding to build the pressure hull sections of bows and sterns of submarines faster, more efficiently and in a less labor-intensive manner.

This fixture is designed to build both Virginia– and Columbia-class submarine modules. The production team is working innovative new shifts to ensure the most productivity. The team is looking for additional fitters and welders.

NNS is adding X11 fitters and X18 welders to support work in Bldg. 1908. Fitters will have to have the ability to learn how to run automated equipment and pass semi-automatic machine tack qualifications. Welders will have to show they have the ability to pass Class 1 UT with semi-automatic and mechanized Pulse Arc and MIG qualifications. Candidates are needed for both first and second shift. Employees will work a nonstandard 12-hour shift. First shift will work 12 hours with paid lunch periods for four consecutive days (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and then be off from work for four consecutive days. The shift schedule will continue with start days moving to the right of each new week. See example below.

  • Week One: Employee works Monday-Thursday (6 a.m. until 6 p.m.) and is off Friday-Monday.
  • Week Two: Employee works Tuesday-Friday (6 a.m. until 6 p.m.) and is off Saturday-Tuesday.

Second-shift employees also will work the same 12-hour, four-day schedule (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.) but will additionally receive shift premium pay. Any employees assigned to one of the nonstandard work shifts will be paid time and one half for all time worked after eight hours in the workday and/or for hours over 40 in the work week. In addition, an employee on a nonstandard shift who works an unscheduled Saturday and/or Sunday will be paid in accordance with the current Labor Relations agreement.

For holidays, an employee on a nonstandard shift shall receive holiday pay regardless of whether scheduled to work, providing eligibility requirements are met. In reference to vacations, an employee on a nonstandard shift who takes a full day (12 hours) of annual leave on a scheduled workday shall be paid as though the scheduled shift has been worked.

Shipbuilders interested in joining the team should visit or contact Craig Hooten at 757-897-3283 (if no answer, leave a message with name, PERNR, current shift and work location).

For more information, employees should contact their labor representative in O21.