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1600 new positions on the Virginia Peninsula from 2012 to 2016

Start: $ 11.88/hr. $ 24,700/yr.
Ave: $ 17.01/hr. $ 35,400/yr.


Employer website, Peninsula Worklink, Virginia Employment Commission

Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School

Virginia Wizard


Job Description: Fabricate, lay out, position, align, and fit parts of structural metal products.

Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent plus some postsecondary technical education and applied work experience (supervised apprenticeship, coop, internship or OJT)

Career Pathway: Most plumbers, pipelayers, pipefitters and steamfitters train on the job through jointly administered apprenticeships and in career or technical schools or community colleges. Attainment of this certification may help people trained in this area to get more jobs and advance more quickly.

WorkKeys Scores Needed:: Applied Math (5), Reading for Information (3), Locating Information (4) and Observation (5)

October 31, 2020


1) Review Essential Skills Below.  Take our skills check up to see how you qualify against employer standards.

2) Visit Employer website, Peninsula Worklink, Virginia Employment Commission to learn about education and training programs.

3) Current employers of record for Fitters:
Newport News Shipbuilding, Norfolk Navy Shipyard, BAE Systems

Essential Skills for Fitters

Technical Skills:
Equipment Selection: determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Operation and Control: controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Operation Monitoring: watching gauges, dials or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Quality Control Analysis: conducting tests and inspections of products, services or processes to evaluate  quality or performance.

Easily translates a word problem into a computational one.
Adds and subtracts whole numbers, including negative numbers.
Changes numbers from one form to another using whole numbers, fractions, decimals or percentages.
Converts simple calculations with money, volume, length and weight.
Adds, subtracts, multiplies and divides all units of measurement.
Combines ratio, rate and percentage.
Draws and interprets bar graphs.
Performs mathematical calculations using decimals and fractions.

Follows directions correctly.
Communicates effectively orally and written with customers and fellow employees.
Listens well and applies what is learned.
Reads and applies safety warnings and simpler equipment instructions.
Writes sentences with minor grammar and punctuation errors.

Workplace Skills
Creativity, innovation, adaptation: contributes new ideas and adapts to changes in the workplace
Diversity awareness and application: communicates and works well with customers and coworkers of different ages, genders, races, socioeconomics, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds.
Professional ethics: abides by workplace policies and laws, and demonstrates personal integrity.
Personal hygiene and safety: follows safety guidelines and manages personal health.

Professional Skills
Personal appearance: appears neat and clean and presents well as a job applicant or employee or candidate seeking promotion.
Time and resource management: punctual, timely with work deadlines, manages time and other resources well.
Lifelong learning: demonstrates desire for continuous learning and interest in new procedures and technology and in improving skills.
Team player: demonstrates commitment to the success of the team, assists others, requests help when needed and resolves conflicts effectively.
Positive work ethic: arrives ready to work, is supportive of accomplishing tasks at hand, completes work
assignments in effective and efficient way, is willing to take on additional tasks.
Reasoning, problem solving: identifies, breaks down, prioritizes and resolves problems that arise in completing assigned tasks.
Locating information: knows how to research, locate and ethically apply reliable information to solve problems.
Systems thinking: understands his or her role in fulfilling the mission of this workplace.