Keeping The Navy Shipshape
By Brandon Bosworth
Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii helps keep the military operating at top efficiency by providing all the necessary facilities engineering products and services to support various commands and federal agencies throughout the state. It is the organization’s mission to ensure that Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and other Department of Defense infrastructure and facilities in Hawaii are properly maintained and effectively modernized. It’s a mission that gives NAVFAC Hawaii’s employees a sense of pride.
“The most rewarding part about my job is that I feel that I am supporting the Navy’s mission to secure a safe and free world, though my projects are a small part in a larger picture,” said construction manager David Chock.
Engineering technician Daniel Crosson appreciates the scale of the work he gets to do at NAVFAC Hawaii, and said the command “provides the opportunity to field large-scale construction projects, giving a sense of purpose while utilizing my construction background from private industry.”
Through worker salaries, contractor construction projects and material purchases, NAVFAC Hawaii contributes substantially to the local economy. In fiscal year 2018, it executed $371.2 million in public works services and $384.4 million on major construction and services contracts.
The history of NAVFAC Hawaii goes back to 1954, and the establishment of the Navy Public Works Center, Pearl Harbor (PWC Pearl). In 2005, PWC Pearl was disestablished and replaced with Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii (NAVFAC Hawaii). The year 2010 saw Naval Station Pearl Harbor and Hickam Air Force Base merge to become Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH). As a result, NAVFAC Hawaii’s workforce increased substantially as it welcomed Air Force service members and civilians into the fold.
The command currently employs approximately 1,340 highly skilled civilian federal workers and 225 Navy and Air Force personnel in a wide range of professions including skilled trades, environmental, construction management, engineering, planning, facilities management, business, clerical/administration and more.
As a federal employer, NAVFAC Hawaii offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package (i.e. health, dental/vision, life insurance, retirement, etc.). Employees also receive a variety of flexible work schedules to sustain a healthy work-life balance.
This consideration of family time is one of the things construction manager Patrick Simmons likes best about working at NAVFAC Hawaii. “I like the flexibility of working hours as long as the core hours are met and I like the options of a regular day off and gliding schedule,” he said.
Additionally, NAVFAC is a global enterprise and has locations on the U.S. west and east coasts, as well as overseas in locations such as Guam, Japan and Italy.
NAVFAC Hawaii offers extensive on-the-job and classroom training, as well as other opportunities such as rotational assignments for development. It also has a broad spectrum of formal leadership programs and internships for employees at all career levels to further enhance their personal and professional growth.
NAVFAC Hawaii has Direct Hire Authority (DHA), enabling the organization to quickly hire qualified individuals into its workforce without having to go through the entire USAJOBS application process. For those who are new to the federal government, applying for positions at NAVFAC Hawaii is as simple as emailing your resume to NAVFACHROHAWAII@ navy.mil. After a job offer is made, pre-employment requirements will be initiated (e.g. security, physical examination, etc.). Once everything clears, a start date will be set. Some DHA hires have come onboard as quickly as 30 days from the initial job offer.
To learn about career opportunities at NAVFAC Hawaii, follow @NAVFACcareers on Twitter for daily jobs updates or visit navfac.usajobs.gov/.
CALLING ALL ENGINEERS!
NAVFAC Hawaii will put on an engineer hiring event on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its human resources office located at 400 Marshall Road, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The hiring event is highly beneficial for anyone who wants to get to know a little more about who NAVFAC is and what NAVFAC does. This event will give job seekers an opportunity to speak directly with hiring managers and potentially land a job offer on-the-spot. Registration is required. For more information, or to register, visit eventbrite.com/e/navfac-hawaii-engineer-hiring-event-registration-67068715333.
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COMPANY: Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii
LOCATION: 400 Marshall Road, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
COMMANDING OFFICER: Capt. Marc Delao
YEAR OPENED: 2005
BENEFITS: Health insurance, life insurance, ~ exible hours, employee assistance programs, child and dependent care, Thrift Savings Plan.
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