A Huntington Ingalls Industries division is partnering with Old Dominion University on a joint apprentice and degree program where students will have the opportunity to earn a bachelor of science degree while completing a marine engineer apprenticeship, Huntington Ingalls said Wednesday.
Newport News Shipbuilding says it will provide on-the-job engineering experience on some of the most complex ships in the world while students earn a mechanical or electrical engineering degree.
“This is not just a degree program,” said Everett Jordan, The Apprentice School’s director of education.
“This program aligns academics with real-life, on-the-job utilization of skills in a 550-acre laboratory. Our relationship with Old Dominion University has helped to make it happen, and this program puts us on solid footing,” Jordan added.
HLL said students would finish their degree and apprenticeship in five to eight years and be paid starting salaries of $60K upon graduation.