Justin joined the Valkyrie team over four years ago in March of 2009, as a part-time Junior Draftsman/Engineering Aide in the Marine Engineering Design Division. Still in high school and attending the Virginia Beach Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in their newly established Marine Engineering and Design curriculum, Justin worked 2-3 hours each afternoon to start. As an intern, he was exposed to as many different facets of the industry as possible.
During his employment here at Valkyrie, Justin has been mentored in the accomplishment of ship check/site checks (including climbing the mast of an Aircraft Carrier!), honing his skills in freehand/mechanical sketching, data collection/research, and development of detailed Ship Installation Drawings (SIDs), all necessary skills to support a career in the Marine Engineering and Design industry. He has provided drafting support for various programs including our Alteration Installation Team (AIT) installs (JPALS and N-UCAS), Army Watercraft Service Life Extension Program (SLEP), IP Modernization Shore Facility Upgrades, and numerous other special projects. He has been exposed to the Hull, Mechanical and Electrical (or HM&E as we call it) functional areas of marine design to provide him with a better understanding of the field and aid him in selecting a career path forward.
Based on this exposure, he has expressed an interest in the Hull/Structure side of the business and is currently pursuing an engineering degree in Civil/Structure engineering at Tidewater Community College. Justin has established himself as a hard, dependable worker and a valuable part of the division and we are pleased to promote him to a full-time position as a Junior Designer. Please join us in congratulating Justin!