Jim Suthers

Montgomery, AL

#1 Jun 12, 2013
Is Ingalls hiring? I had heard that they are reducing their work force.
Jim Suthers

Montgomery, AL

#2 Jun 12, 2013
Is Ingalls hiring? I've been told that they are reducing their workforce.
Gulf

Sioux City, IA

#3 Jun 15, 2013
Hell no they aren't hiring. They make a lot of loaded statements in the press saying they're hiring so & so many people but they aren't hiring any new apprentices. I've tried on multiple times to get on with the apprentice program over the yrs & passed all the tests. They're not going to hire you unless you know somebody.

If you have like 5 year minimum experience as a 1st class tradesman they might be hiring. You'd have to go on their website & check.

If you're from Montgomery I'd urge you to not waste your time coming down here, unless you have a job lined up. There's more work in Mobile or in your state, up in Huntsville. People are moving away from this area. Or at least the natives are, because nobody can find work. The people coming in are a few Mexicans who's relatives find them low-pay work & poor people from north Mississippi coming down here looking for work & they end up on welfare.

That's par the course what usually happens.

Go on their website though. Other than that you'd be much better off going to either Louisiana or the Houston area, if you wanna find work.
Jim Suthers

Montgomery, AL

#4 Jun 16, 2013
Thanks, Gulf.
Outsider

Valdosta, GA

#5 Jun 16, 2013
Don't listen to gulf I have read his posts he is opposed to anyone not from Jackson county coming and taking jobs there Ingalls is not a hard job to get I and several friends worked out there and hired in with no industrial experience but just check their website
Gulf

Sioux City, IA

#6 Jun 16, 2013
Outsider wrote:
Don't listen to gulf I have read his posts he is opposed to anyone not from Jackson county coming and taking jobs there Ingalls is not a hard job to get I and several friends worked out there and hired in with no industrial experience but just check their website
Then they "know somebody" like my old friend does.(his dad got him on in the sheetmetal division. I've passed the KEY test or whatever they call their skills test. I've been interviewed 3 times by them, twice by the "dual union/company" interview team. Once for electrician trade & once for welding trade. I also was interviewed the other time for sheetmetal trade. At all 3 times where were well over 100 people going for only about 20 jobs.

20 years ago I would have been hired on the spot. My former co-worker who now works at a gas station has done the "dual-interview" thing 5 or 6 times for multiple trades. I don't care what anybody says, its gotten as bad as Chevron. If you don't have a connection to get into the apprentice program or if you don't have years of experience you aren't getting on. And even then it doesn't really mean jack shit. My foreman on the oil spill back in 2010 was a black guy, 1st class welder, 10 years experience at Ingalls & 2 years @ Halter in Moss Point. No criminal record & worked 4 times as hard as me & a member of the Boilermakers(welder) union in Moss Point. He couldn't get on either any more. That was 2 1/2 years ago.

If we were "overflowing" with work I could care less who came here as I'd be out there myself.

My advice to the gentleman asking the question though is this -- check out the NASA related contractors & companies in the Huntsville area. And if they're not hiring to go check out Austal or the other yards in Mobile. Or better yet -- check out the new Airbus hiring program. I'm trying to get on with them right now.

But my family isn't from this area originally. We came here a few decades ago to work at Ingalls & stayed far too long.(my parents worked there back in the day, or should I say "the hey day out there")

If anybody doesn't believe me go to the WIN Job Center at the corner of Hwy 90 & Market Street & ask the job counselors in there how hard it is to find anything outside of retail or restaurant work unless you're a 1st class craftsman, & even then there's no guarantee you'll find work. Or go to Lowe's or Walmart & ask around some of the people in there why they aren't out @ the shipyard instead of stocking crap at Lowes or Wally World.

They're closing the Avondale yard in New Orleans which is one of 3 regional Ingalls yards. They're moving some of those workers over here -- that shows you just how few jobs there are. From what my friend who works @ the other Ingalls outfit -- the composite yard in Gulfport -- as soon as this recent navy contract session/awards session wraps up they're probably shutting that next & moving those people to Pascagoula.

Then they're moving everything else to Newport News. The navy is the main customer there. Where's the money going to come from to keep these billion dollar contracts going? The military budget is about to get gutted. You have 75 million people about to retire in the next ten to fifteen years. What do you think is gonna happen to the military budget when those Medicare & Social Security costs shoot up in the coming years?

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