Huntington Ingalls Industries plans to hire about 3,000 people to fulfill existing orders to build ships, according to an AL.com article.
Fred Howell, director of talent acquisition at Ingalls Shipbuilding, said structural welders, shipfitters, pipe welders and pipefitters are needed now and electricians, painters and other support trades will be needed later on.
“It’s hard to find these good, skilled workers, and we’re reaching out in various ways all across the region. Actually, we’re recruiting nationally,” said Bill Glenn, manager of public affairs for Ingalls Shipbuilding.
According to the article, the jobs will be long term opportunities because the ship orders currently on the books are not slated for completion until 2015 or 2016.
Howell warned that the ship work is exhausting and there is sometimes a physical agility test prior to receiving a position.
“What we do is physically hard work. You’re dealing almost completely with steel. When it’s hot, it’s hot and when it’s cold, it’s incredibly cold,” he said.