Pierrette Swan
Training Rep 1
Huntington Ingalls Industries 
 

"Manufacturing is special because you get to see your hard work become a tangible product. You can say, 'I made this. I built this. I added value.' It is a quite personal experience that can be shared by everyone involved in the process."
 



Pierrette has been garnering accolades as a trailblazer in her field since she began in the industry.  She won her first Employee Recognition Program Award in 2011 within her first six months of welding, on a job that many veteran welders stated could not be done. In 2014, she was selected to represent The Apprentice School in an article written for the 2014 issue of "R U Ready" Magazine. The article stated that only 17 percent of the school's students were female and quoted Pierrette as saying it was "empowering" working in a male dominated industry, where she was the only student of 157 in her class to graduate with the highest honors. From 2015 to 2016, Pierrette served as the only female representative on the director of welding's advisory team. 
 
For the past two years, Pierrette has participated in the Girls with Engineering Minds in Shipbuilding (GEMS) after-school activity at two Newport News middle schools. This program, sponsored by NNS Engineering and Design Vice President Jennifer Boykin, serves to expose young women to STEM careers and create awareness that STEM is not just for boys! 
 
Over the past 10 years, Pierrette has volunteered at several events with the City of Virginia Beach Mayor's Youth Leaders in Action as an Alumni and founding member of the program. In 2016, Pierrette was asked to represent Newport News Shipbuilding in working with Career Pathways to develop soft skills and career readiness in students through job shadowing, mentoring, career expos, after-school activities, and STEM activities.

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