Naval Facilities Engineering Command (Port Hueneme, CA)

Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center

Am I eligible?

Only U.S. citizens will be considered for positions at this lab. Dual Citizens will not be considered for this facility. Students must be 18 years old by the first day of the internship in order to be eligible. Majors of interest to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command are Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Biosciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer and Computational Sciences and Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Geosciences, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Information Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Operations Research, and Physics.

What is unique about the Command?

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (EXWC), located in Port Hueneme, Calif. (Ventura County), is the Navy’s principle research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) center for shore and near-shore facilities, underwater facilities, and expeditionary equipment.  EXWC delivers specialized engineering and innovative technology solutions, in-service engineering, and life-cycle management for the Navy, Marine Corps, federal agencies, and other DOD commands. 

NAVFAC EXWC offers a wealth of opportunities in areas such as environmental science, ocean and seafloor engineering, facilities engineering, energy science and engineering, and information security. The NAVFAC EXWC team has approximately 1,000 employees (900 civilian and 100 Military). The warfare center employs more than 450 scientists, engineers, and architects in specific programs such as cyber security and defense, water security and sustainability, environmental restoration and conservation, energy security and technology integration, undersea and waterfront facilities sustainment, and facilities sustainment.  To accomplish the Navy’s mission, NAVFAC EXWC boosts unique capabilities and facilities to create solutions for the warfighter.

Vision: Accelerate innovation to enable fleet lethality at sea and ashore.
Mission: Provide research, development, testing and evaluation and in-service engineering to deliver specialized facility and expeditionary solutions to the warfighter.

What might I do at the Command?

During the summer program, in addition to assisting mentors with guided research projects, students may have the opportunity to participate in the following activities:

  • Job and project shadowing
  • Networking with other interns and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals
  • Professional development and/or team building workshops
  • Skill building and/or technical seminars
  • Touring labs
  • Volunteering at outreach events

What are the Command’s areas of opportunity?

The following are areas where interns may contribute to the Command mission:

Cyber Security and Cyber Defense for Navy Facilities, Construction, Property, Environmental, Energy & Expeditionary Systems:  Provides the expertise in cyber security necessary to manage the cyber risk of operating information technology (IT) and operational technology (IT) systems.  Efforts are focused on prevention, detection and incident response to cyberattacks and intrusions.  Personnel are experts in risk management framework processes as well as in cyber security strategies such as: forensics, security incident response, system hardening, and information assurance.  Performs "white hat" vulnerability testing to validate the security posture of systems.

Expeditionary Systems Development, Procurement, Fielding, and Sustainment:  Provides full-spectrum support for all Navy expeditionary materiel, including equipment, facilities, and training systems.  Supported program areas include expeditionary logistics over the shore (LOTS) and sealift, amphibious systems, motor transport, heavy construction, light construction, and littoral expeditionary facilities. Directs delivery, manages inventory, manages configurations, develops and prototypes designs and alterations, coordinates RESET, maintenance and overhaul, and phased replacement/technical refresh to support warfighter requirements.

Restoration and Conservation:  Provides expertise in environmental restoration and conservation approaches and technologies for returning or maintaining military lands for training purposes.  Mitigates risks to human health and the environment from past waste disposal operations and hazardous material spills in a cost-effective manner through environmental engineering concepts practices and advanced technologies, including solutions for assessment of marine resources and protection of living marine resources, and climate change assessment and adaptation technologies in relation to natural and cultural resources sustainment.

Shore Energy Technology Development, Integration, and Sustainment:  Combines the strengths of the Navy's recognized leaders in utility scale electrochemical power sources (e.g. batteries and fuel cells) R&D and leadership in grid integration modeling and analysis.  Provides personnel, equipment, and facilities to investigate, develop and implement programs in utility efficiency, energy reliability, security, and resiliency, and emerging alternative energy source technologies, energy storage, energy savings performance contracting, geothermal exploration and geothermal systems management, ground source heat pumps, alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure, critical power applications, expeditionary power and energy, high efficiency photovoltaic, and wave energy conversion.

Shore Facilities:  Develop and integrate the technologies required to provide installation infrastructure through development, testing, evaluation, and adaptation of facilities engineering concepts practices, programs, materials and advanced technologies for improvement of shore facilities.  Capability in aircraft engine test cells, airfield pavements, boiler and UPV systems, cathodic protection systems, corrosion and weathering, explosion effects and consequences, explosive safety siting, fixed submarine broadcast systems, ground source heat pumps, high efficiency HVAC, shore-based manned hyperbaric and diving systems, industrial control systems, industrial ventilation, lighting systems, linear segmentation, materials science and engineering (concrete & pavement materials, materials chemistry, and metallurgy), occupational health and safety engineering, paints and coatings, roofing, structural modeling and analysis, thermal and power systems engineering, trackage system engineering, and vertical transportation equipment engineering. 

Undersea Cable Facilities:  Provides underwater cable system design, physical modeling analysis, survey and route planning, procurement, and installation and repair methods for critical fleet ranges, undersea surveillance and tactical communication facilities, and power cable infrastructure.  Develops and provides engineering based geotechnical guidance for field operations and acquisition activities that enable effective decisions regarding interactions with the seafloor.  Provides in service engineering of installed heavy load handling shipboard cabled sensor systems.

Waterfront Facilities:  Provides technical expertise for engineering, installing, and maintaining waterfront facilities in the areas of cathodic protection, corrosion and weathering, metallurgy, concrete and pavements, and paints and coatings.  Develops and provides engineering based guidance for field operations and acquisition activities for dry-dock and harbor facilities as related to climate change adaptation and seismic structural analysis.  Provides specialized engineering for pier, wharf, water tank, dams, and bridge condition assessments, marine and off-shore structures, specialized and fleet moorings, and for underwater construction.  Provides development of wave energy conversion technology and manages a wave energy test site in Hawaii for the full scale test and evaluation of commercial wave energy devices.  Provides development, evaluation, installation and sustainment of passive water barriers used to protect naval waterfront assets.

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