Industry Guest Blogger: USC Viterbi Alumni working @ Pearl Harbor

Generations of Shipyard workers have witnessed more than a century of war, conflict, and evolving global interests from this critical geographic vantage point. They strengthened our nation’s rise from an historic attack to provide pivotal support in World War II, earning the motto “We Keep Them Fit to Fight”.

Today, the men and women of Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility continue the resilient lineage of dedicated professionals who repair, maintain and modernize the Navy’s ships and submarines.  As our nation’s largest, most comprehensive fleet repair and maintenance facility between the U.S. West Coast and the Far East, we build upon our time-tested foundation, by providing a capable, ready and “Fit to Fight” fleet, as one of our nation’s leading strategic assets in the Asia-Pacific theatre.

  • Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and IMF (PHNSY & IMF), the largest industrial employer in the State of Hawaii with over 5400 civilian and military employees, is in the business of repairing and modernizing naval ships and submarines. Our engineers, from a variety of disciplines, are involved in the planning and supervision of the highly challenging work of providing technical guidance through written work procedures and on-the-job direction of the workforce. On a day-to-day basis, our engineers spend their time working onboard submarines or surface ships and working in an office setting.  PHNSY & IMF is looking for energetic self-motivated engineers to join the select group of men and women in our various Engineering Departments.  We offer competitive pay, generous vacation benefits, paid overtime, excellent retirement system and federal health benefits.
  • Here’s what USC alums have to say:
    • I work as a Shift Test Engineer for Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. At the shipyard, our motto is keeping ships “Fit to Fight.”  My job requires me to be on a submarine for the majority of the day working with Ship’s Force to ensure that testing is performed in a safe and controlled manner and that conditions are established for workers to perform their jobs safely.  While it can be difficult at times, I enjoy not sitting at a desk all day and being able to interface with different organizations throughout the shipyard.  As far as engineering jobs in Hawaii go, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard is a great place to work and offers very competitive pay and benefits.
    • As Head of the Nuclear Fluid Systems & Mechanical Engineering Division, I run a division of approximately 65 engineers and 7 supervisors. The division is responsible for the maintenance and repair of valves, piping, pumps, heat exchangers, and other components of a nuclear powered submarine.  An engineer in the division writes technical procedures for qualified mechanics to perform the work, troubleshoots and resolves problems that occur, and issues official correspondence to outside agencies.  An engineer’s day is spent in the office writing the technical procedures and on the submarine investigating problems and watching the work being performed.

From the big picture perspective, I enjoy it when the submarine arrives into the shipyard in need of critical repairs or maintenance.  Through the hard work and dedication of our people, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard is able to complete those repairs and maintenance.  We get a lot of job satisfaction when a nuclear powered submarine is returned to the Fleet and she is able to continue on with her mission for national security.

Engineers enjoy working with the mechanics and other personnel in order to solve a problem.  They also enjoy going to the submarine and actually watching the mechanics perform the work of their procedure.  The engineers get a sense of accomplishment once their job is complete.  A component was broken and now it is fixed.

Come visit us at the Career Fair on October 11th on Trousdale!

Attend our informational session after the Career Fair (10/11) in SGM 101, starting at 5:30 pm we’ll tell you more about what we’re about and how to apply for (over 100) engineering job openings!

M. Lilian Barajas

Author M. Lilian Barajas

Lilian Barajas, assistant director of the Viterbi Career Connections office, is responsible for advising students, managing student communication including social media, the lead for large scale events such as the Career Fair and Career Conference, and connects Viterbi student organizations with employers. She has worked at Viterbi since 2007, first as a graduate assistant and now as the assistant director. Prior to working at USC, Lilian spent a number of years teaching. Lilian received a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences from California State University, Long Beach, and a master’s degree in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA) from the Rossier School of Education at USC. She is also a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and the Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers (MPACE).

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