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Take the Outside Machinist course, earn the credential, and receive a $1,000 award as a VA Ready Scholar. 

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Outside Machinist – VSRA Pre-Hire Program*
Associated Credential: Outside Machinist Level 1*
September 14 – 25, 2020
October 5 – 16, 2020
October 19 - 30, 2020
November 2 – 13, 2020
November 30 – December 11, 2020
Instructors: H. Gibson, E. Wilkerson
Days/Times: Mondays – Fridays, 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: Camp Hobbs Suffolk Campus 271 Kenyon Road Suffolk, VA 23434
Tuition: $2,000
WCG Price: $667


  • Please wear steel-toe shoes to class and bring a notebook. Pencils are provided.
  • Lunch can be brought in a small cooler (no refrigeration available) or students may leave Campus to buy their lunch.

The course is 2 weeks (80 hours) long designed to prepare candidates to enter the outside machinist department at NNS. The course will cover safety, an introduction to a variety of tools and machinist skills, a validation of basic machinist competencies, and an evaluation of employability skills. This program is designed to be 90% hands-on, focusing on a candidate’s ability to follow verbal and written instruction, display manual dexterity consistent with the craft, accomplish specific tasks in a reasonable time, and perform all activities in a safe manner.

Student must also attend OSHA 10 training class conducted by the Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA) as part of completion of this course. Dates to be determined by VSRA.

*Students for this class will be screened and selected by the Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA) for this class.

Outside Machinist Pre-Hire Program must apply online for the “Outside Machinist Trainee” position with Newport News Shipbuilding or visit, click on the Trades/Crafts jobs and search for “Outside Machinist Trainee”.