John Walks, P.E.
Shipbuilding is a major industry inside the DoD and its largest shipbuilder is Ingalls Shipbuilding. Ingalls invests in Research and Development to be in constant improvement and take advantage of new technologies to reduce costs and increase the quality of their ships.
Mr. Walks is a Professional Engineer who has been working at Ingalls in the R&D Department for over two decades. In his lecture, students got the opportunity to learn about the shipbuilding process and some of Ingalls' projects!
The presentation started with Mr. Walks playing a video where employees were interviewed about their experience working there. He then proceeded to talk about the different services that the shipbuilding company offers such as Nuclear & Environmental Services and Unmanned Maritime Systems.
Slide regarding Ingalls Shipbuilding facility
Mr. Walks then spoke about the new drydock in use in Mississippi. It has computerized controls for flooding and can support more weight compared to their old one. The new drydock also helps to launch and pick up ships during trials.
The presentation contained enough information to motivate anyone to want to work at Ingalls. Engineer John Walks spoke about the industries that Ingalls manages and the process of its shipbuilding. He included some technology insertions such as the Hybrid Laser Arc Welding. At the end, he encouraged students to apply for a job from the different areas they have available.