Electric Boat, among the region’s largest employers, is actively looking for hundreds of new employees as it prepares to fulfill a recently awarded $5.1 billion contract from the U.S. Navy to complete the design of the Columbia-class submarine.

Working in collaboration with Skills for Rhode Island’s Future, a non-profit affiliated with the Rhode Island Department of Labor, the Westerly Education Center, and other partners, Electric Boat is filling some 700 jobs at its Quonset facility in 2018, according to Brian Howard, chief of human resources for Electric Boat’s Quonset facility.

He said the company has filled 200 of the jobs and is actively interviewing hundreds of candidates drawn to its website, referred by Skills for Rhode Island’s Future, or who visit any one of several job fairs with which the company is either sponsoring alone or participating with other companies.

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Once the positions are filled, Electric Boat’s Quonset workforce will reach 4,500, Howard said but will grow to 6,000 in 10 years. The company, he said, is also filling some 200 jobs at its Groton facility bringing its Connecticut workforce to 12,000.

Most jobs will be in the trade skills: welding, sheet metal workers, CNC machinists, pipefitters, with some management positions also available. There are also job possibilities in other support areas, most of which are located at the Groton facility.

The main requirement for employees is to possess an excellent work ethic and be willing to work second or third shift.  The company, Howard said, will provide training for qualified employees.

Electric Boat is holding a job fair on Thursday, Jan. 11 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Westerly Education Center, 23 Friendship St., Westerly, and another on Wednesday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Skills for Rhode Island’s Future, 30 Exchange Terrace, Providence.

Skills for Rhode Island’s Future is holding a job fair on Friday, Jan. 12 at the Warwick Mall, 400 Bald Hill Road, Warwick from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nina Pande, executive director of Skills for Rhode Island’s Future, said several companies, including Electric Boat, will participate in Friday’s job fair as part of an effort to fill 1,000 jobs available at participating companies.

If unable to attend one of the job fairs, potential job candidates can visit Electric Boat’s website at www.gdeb.com or call Skills for Rhode Island’s Future at 401-680-5960.

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