Engineers: In the Navy, you can find a new career

In the Navy, you can be an engineer. Naval Sea Systems Command finds new civilian engineering recruits among displaced auto industry workers, without having to enlist.

By Control Engineering Staff May 22, 2009

Washington, DC – The U.S. Navy’s Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) , is finding many new recruits among mid-career engineering professionals cut loose from the struggling automotive industry. Engineers find new opportunities to put their skills to work, without having to enlist.

With a workforce of 53,000 civilians and military personnel, NAVSEA continues to need mid-career employees, particularly engineers, scientists, and skilled tradesmen. Positions are open at NAVSEA’s headquarters and affiliated program executive offices in Washington, D.C., as well as naval warfare centers, shipyards, and Navy-sponsored University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) across the country.

“These are experienced, mid-career men and women who can immediately make a contribution to our organization,” says Vice Admiral Kevin McCoy, NAVSEA Commander. “They come from diverse backgrounds, and can help us think in different ways in terms of manufacturing: Lean initiatives, production line techniques, and modern design. These are great Americans whose skills and experience across the engineering/project management disciplines would prove a great addition to our workforce.”

At a career fair in Livonia, MI, NAVSEA recruiters collected more than 240 resumes from qualified applicants who were interested in transitioning from designing cars to developing and maintaining U.S. Navy ships and systems.

NAVSEA will hold the first round of interviews next week with more than 30 candidates for the Naval Acquisition Associates Program (NAAP), a two-year developmental program designed to prepare mid-level professionals to transition to careers in Navy acquisition.

“I always wanted to work on military technology, but didn’t want to join the military,” said displaced automotive supply engineer Mike Gojcaj. “And, going to engineering school in Detroit pretty much programs you to end up in the automotive sector. It was exciting and motivating to finally realize that I could work for the Navy as a civilian”

NAVSEA engineers, builds, buys, and maintains the U.S. Navy’s ships, submarines, and combat systems. More recruiting information is available online .

-Peter Welander, process industries editor
Control Engineering news desk, www.controleng.com
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