New Veterans Marine Welder Training Program | Thomas Nelson Community College

New Veterans Marine Welder Training Program

January 23, 2018

Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) needs welders to build the next generation of US Navy aircraft carriers and submarines and places a priority on hiring transitioning military personnel and veterans. If you are a transitioning service member or recently discharged veteran who currently is unemployed or under-employed, you may qualify for the Veterans Marine Welding Program.

Transitioning service members and recently discharged veterans are invited to join Thomas Nelson at a Veterans Marine Welder Information Session.

Information Session Dates:

  • Thursday, February 22, 2 - 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 1, 6 - 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 15, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 22, 6 - 7 p.m.

All sessions will be held in room 1117 of the Peninsula Workforce Development Center, located at 600 Butler Farm Road on the Hampton campus.

Thomas Nelson Community College is collaborating with HII-NNS and the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development to offer the Veterans Marine Welder Training Program, a three-week, 120-hour intensive course in American Welding Society (AWS) Shielded Metal Arc Welding.

The program qualifies you to earn $18 an hour with full benefits, and train for further national industry certifications to advance in your field, all while making a vital contribution to the nation’s defense. 

The training is provided in Thomas Nelson’s state-of-the-art welding center. Best of all, the Thomas Nelson SMAW course is offered at little or no cost depending on your program eligibility and available funding.

Attending the information session begins the application and screening process and is required for enrollment. You must RSVP to attend. Reserve your place by contacting Gary Pounder at