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Mass hiring at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard

PEARL HARBOR (HawaiiNewsNow) -

If you're looking for a job, there is no shortage of openings at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. For the next fiscal year the shipyard is looking to bring in 731 new employees.

This hiring spree comes as a response to offset nearly 270 departing employees through retirement and other means.

Putting this mass hiring in perspective, normally Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard only takes on 100 to 150 new apprentice each year. This time around they plan to hire 306. The peak amount of apprentices the shipyard has ever had came during World War II when there were about 200 on sight.

40 to 100 engineers are typically hired during a year's time; this fiscal year there will potentially be 200 new hire engineers.

The combined amount of new hires for the fiscal years of 2012 (163) and 2013 (371) is still less than what Pearl Harbor is looking to hire this fiscal year.

The increased need for new personnel is due to a rise in demand for "submarine and surface ship maintenance across the Navy, as well as support to the new home-ported submarines in Hawaii and Guam as part of the Navy's rebalance to the Pacific."

In addition to apprentices and engineers, the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard is in need of IT specialists, contracts specialists, and other waterfront production helpers and laborers.

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