Not Ignoring Shipping!
We certainly do not want to overlook the huge economic impact companies related to Newport News shipyards and maintenance facilities provide the area. With modern shipbuilding techniques now weaving electronics and traditional methods, a worker trained as an electronics engineering technician can find not just gainful employment but a career along the James River.
Your skills could be applied to construction of vessels for our own or foreign navies. You could be troubleshooting a weapons system one day and an information visualization system the next.
Behind These Doors
Another entire avenue of mechatronics work in Newport News is related to industries that would prefer to go unnoticed. Many companies have contracts with major federal agencies for work that looks upward and outward. Newport News Industrial Corporation, for example, does work for NASA, the Department of Energy, and Department of Defense.
In the region, the skills a mechatronics technician brings to prototyping, problem-solving, and maintaining cutting-edge systems can find outlets with NASA Langley Research Center, the CIA, the NSA, and Langley Air Force Base, to name a few.