Build Submarines

The U.S. Navy has outlined a once-in-a-generation plan to build one Columbia-Class, and two Virginia- Class submarines each year over the next decade. The Submarine Industrial Base (SIB)—which includes two prime shipbuilders and more than 16,000 suppliers across the country—faces a fivefold increase in workload and numerous headwinds to successfully meet that demand.

The Mission

With an estimated 20% of the Columbia-Class supply chain coming from the Delaware Valley and its surrounding regions, the DVIRC is working to support the urgent demand for increased workforce and capacity in the region’s SIB. Our goal is to spur broad community engagement to connect more people to the mission—recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining a skilled workforce to support the SIB.

This mission is vital to our national security and will create significant education, training, and career opportunities for thousands of individuals.

Over the next ten years, an estimated 100,000 workforce members across critical manufacturing trades are needed to successfully build the U.S. Navy’s next-generation submarine fleet.

Meeting this challenge will require a range of efforts and investments, including the rapid scale of advanced manufacturing technologies and the deployment of a national communications strategy to align people with the mission.

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Get connected to the thousands of employers and training opportunities dedicated to the mission of constructing the next generation of U.S. Naval submarines.


Job Openings

Actalent • Lansdale, PA

Pennsylvania Machine Works, LLC • Aston, PA

Cadrex • Southampton, PA

Pennsylvania Machine Works, LLC • Aston, PA

Pennsylvania Machine Works, LLC • Aston, PA

Pennsylvania Machine Works, LLC • Aston, PA

Eaton Aerospace • Glenolden, PA

EcoLab • King of Prussia, PA

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Become a Supplier to the Navy

To support the Navy’s need to strengthen and expand the SIB, DVIRC will work to create opportunities for area manufacturers to learn about what it takes to become part of the submarine supply chain.

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Want to Host a Dream Team Presentation at Your School?

The Build Submarines Dream Team introduces students to STEM career opportunites at submarine industrial-based companies. Young employees working at local companies share their stores and unlock interest in STEM and CTE education and career pathways at area manufacturers.

Get in touch with us to learn more about the Dream Team program and request a presentation.

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Randolph Technical High School
Ben Franklin High School
Eastern Center for the Arts and Technology
Central Bucks Soth High School
Monsigner Bonner High School
Agora Cyber Charter School

Dream Team Ambassador Companies

Greene Tweed
Lockheed Martin
ThermOmega Tech

Community Based Organizations

North10 Philadelphia
Girls Inc PA NJ
Widener University Engineering Summer Camp
Philadelphia School District Big Bus Tour


Pennsylviania Talent Pipeline Project
Philadelphia Region

The Philadelphia Region Talent Acquisition and Retention Project Team will energize and engage the greater Philadelphia Region economy by creating and sustaining a maritime and defense industrial base focused Talent Acquisition and Retention pipeline enabling employers to re-capitalize their workforce through recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining skilled workforce members with critical trade skills for one year as productive and engaged new employees.

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The submarine industrial base is a vital part of the United States’ national security. For decades, this skilled and patriotic group of industry partners have provided critical components, products and services to ensure the design, construction, maintenance and modernization of the U.S. Navy submarine fleet. The millions of hands that ultimately build these great vessels hail from every state in the country, and a vast network of over 16,000 suppliers that range from small, family-owned businesses to vast ship builders. The industrial base’s dedication to the mission and continued innovation have enabled the Navy to stay ahead of the curve and anticipate needs, providing a strategic advantage and a fundamental differentiator in the defense of the nation.