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Alion Science and Technology

Painting and Finishing Apprentice - 38003

Alexandria, VA

Job Description

Commonwealth Technology Innovations, an Huntington Ingalls Industries company, is an R&D firm with in-house manufacturing capabilities for prototype and low volume production. As part of its manufacturing work, CTI applies finishes including paint, powder coating, stain and clear finishes to a variety of products. This is very high-end work with extremely careful color-matching and above automotive-level quality. The candidate for the position must have a good knowledge of finishing/painting of metal and composite materials. This is a Commonwealth of Virginia approved apprentice program.


  • Assist the Finisher in applying finishes to CTI Products.
  • Learning all aspects of the Finishing/painting apprentice program.
  • Learn the proper use of finishing equipment and finishing area including paint booth.
  • Ability to perform detailed sanding processes and other surface preparation.
  • Understand how to properly use all related respirator equipment.
  • Ability to identify color variances.
  • Learn to estimate quantities of materials required
  • Read and interpret work instructions.
  • Learn and follow all safety procedures and policies required to fulfill duties.
  • Learn Preventative Maintenance procedures on equipment.
  • Keep tools and finishing equipment clean and well maintained and work area orderly.
  • Ability to follow instructions.
  • Maintain no less than a "B" average on all academic courses required by the apprentice program.
  • Maintain accurate time keeping for the Apprenticeship log book.
  • Perform duties in accordance with company policies.
  • Take a proactive approach to continuous improvement including productivity, quality, safety

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and shop environment.
  • Ability to work well with others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, written and verbal.
  • Performing other duties as required.

May require occasional work at our facility in Sterling, VA.

Candidates who enter this program without a Secret Security clearance will work on electromechanical assembly and other duties until they attain a Secret clearance.

Job Requirements:
  • US Citizenship and and ability to obtain Secret clearance
  • Good basic math skills
  • Strong mechanical aptitude
  • Good hand eye coordination
  • Good color matching skills
  • Ability to do multi-step processes
  • Able to lift 50 lbs. and stand for 8 hrs.
  • Willingness to learn and ability to work under close supervision and as part of a team
  • Strong Work ethic
  • Ability to pass respirator training and fit test
  • Ability to listen and communicate with others
  • Organized

Security Clearance: None
Telework - Not Eligible

Diversity Statement

We are an EOE that values our employee's talent – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion or other protected characteristics – Your Talent Is Our Strength .

Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and Veterans are encouraged to apply. Alion will provide a reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans who need assistance to apply. Please visit the Alion Careers site for more information. U.S. Citizenship Required for the majority of our positions.

Covid Notice

A new Federal Executive Order requires that employees of Federal contractors and subcontractors be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by December 8, 2021. Accordingly, as a condition of employment with Technical Solutions, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, employees will be required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption prior to starting employment.

Job ID: Alion-ub5O6KuTglnA
Employment Type: Other