Kittery Shipyard to hire 715 in 2015

By Jesse Scardina

December 23. 2014 6:03AM

Shipyard to hire 715 new employees

KITTERY, Maine – Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on Thursday announced that it will hire approximately 715 new employees through Sept. 30, 2015, nearly double its usual yearly total.

Recruitment for the positions will be ongoing throughout the fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1, 2014 through next September, and will be posted on

The shipyard will be recruiting applicants for the following positions: engineers; engineering technicians; administrative; and various trade skills such as shipfitters, plastic fabricators, shipwrights, outside machinists, pipefitters, temporary services (piping and electrical), sheet metal, welders, electricians and riggers.

“The shipyard’s hiring plan is based on attrition and increased workload challenges,” said shipyard commander, Capt. William Greene. “Taking into account planned attrition, we will grow our workforce from approximately 4,700 to 5,200 civilian employees. The success of this plan is critical to our ability to execute our workload over the next few years and is a top priority for the shipyard. ”

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte welcomed the announcement of more than 700 planned hires, saying she “could not be more proud of the shipyard and its dedicated workforce.”

“Because of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard’s exceptional performance, the Navy continues to have great confidence that the shipyard’s skilled workers will conduct top quality maintenance and send submarines back to the fleet expeditiously — often ahead of schedule,” Ayotte said. “That’s why the projected workload at Portsmouth is so robust and is a major reason the shipyard must hire more workers.

The shipyard will be hiring more than 100 engineers and approximately 25 administrative personnel. The remaining positions will be hired through the Trades Apprenticeship and Worker Skills Progression Program.

“The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard continues to prepare for hte future with a hiring plan that is based on projected submarine maintenance workload and budget limitations,” said Libby Morin, Public Affairs Specialist for PSNY in an email. “Hiring revitalizes the workforce and effectively positions the shipyard to execute the future increased workload.”

Morin said the shipyard typically hires about 370 employees per year, and the estimated total of 715 is higher than years past.

With more than $450 million in civilian and military payroll alone, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is one of the largest economic engines in the Seacoast. The shipyard continues to prepare for the future with a hiring plan based on projected submarine workload, anticipated workforce attrition and budget limitations, officials said.

The shipyard is the Navy’s center of excellence for attack submarine maintenance, modernization and repair. As a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command, Portsmouth is committed to maximizing the material readiness of the fleet by safely delivering first-time quality, on time and on budget.