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Cool Jobs at the Navy Yard: Whitney Taylor, Quality Assurance

The Navy Yard is filled with thousands of people doing amazing things! We had the opportunity to meet one of those people, working inside the industrial district of the Navy Yard. Meet Whitney Taylor, Quality Assurance Coordinator at Philadelphia Ship Repair.

Whitney has been working at Philadelphia Ship Repair for two years where she spends her time assuring a level of quality in the services Philadelphia Ship Repair provides.

What does your company do? Philadelphia Ship Repair makes up a larger company called Northeast Ship Repair, which is comprised of both Boston Ship Repair and Philadelphia Ship Repair. Since 1995, both east coast facilities have provided personalized services for domestic, international, and government vessels. Northeast Ship Repair provides required vessel maintenance, repair, overhaul, and conversion services that is unsurpassed in the industry.

Describe your typical work day. My typical work day as a Quality Assurance Coordinator consists of following a schedule of inspections that I would have generated and sent out the day before.  Every day has a different schedule, so it is never the same thing two days in a row.  I am responsible for coordinating the inspections with the vessel owner, the ship’s crew, our employees, American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), and United States Coast Guard (USCG).  A typical day will include weld inspections and testing, tank inspections, and paint inspections. On any one job there will be over 1,000 inspections aimed at ensuring the quality of the work, and safety of the vessel.

What’s your favorite thing about working at your company? At Philadelphia Ship Repair, there’s always something new. I am constantly exposed to new systems, new ships, and new problems. I love being able to find solutions and uphold the quality standards of our vessels. This year, I had the pleasure of working on USNS Bob Hope. The USNS Bob Hope is the lead ship of its class of large, medium-speed, roll-on roll-off (LMSR) vehicle cargo ships for the US Navy.  I have grown quite fond of this class of vessel. The photo below is me taking wear down readings on the starboard main bearing of the USNS Bob Hope.

Do you have a cool job at the Navy Yard? Submit your nomination today! 

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20+ Navy Yard Events to Enjoy this November!

The days may be getting shorter and the temperature a little colder, but the Navy Yard is jam-packed with opportunities and events to enjoy all year long! This month, don’t miss your chance to Enter the Cocoon, enjoy a free lecture, or recenter yourself in a yoga class!


Tape Philadelphia: Enter the Cocoon
Saturday, November 9, 2019 – Sunday, December 1, 2019
Tape Philadelphia: Enter the Cocoon 
is free to view most Thursdays through Sundays beginning Saturday, November 9, 2019, through Sunday, December 1, 2019. Open hours are Thursdays and Fridays at 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The installation will be closed on November 28 for Thanksgiving, as well as November 17.

Yin Yoga + Massage
Friday, November 1, 2019; 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
The practice of Yin Yoga is one of release. Release into floor poses for 3-5 minute intervals and traction the body to create deep opening and release. Beginner appropriate, located at Nava Yoga Center.

Philly Ship Run 5k
Saturday, November 2, 2019; 9:00 AM
Seamans Church Institute (SCI) hosts its second 5k run/walk with proceeds from the event benefitting SCI’s mission to support seafarers in our community.

HDSA’s Team Hope Walk
Sunday, November 3, 2019; 9:00 AM
Walk with HOPE and support the mission of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) to improve the lives of those with Huntington’s disease, held in Crescent Park!

WMMR Preston & Steve’s Camp Out For Hunger Food Drive
Monday, November 4, 2019 to Friday, November 29, 2019
In support of WMMR Preston & Steve’s Camp Out For Hunger, the Navy Yard will be collecting nonperishable food donations for Philabundance. Last year, we collected 2,305 lbs of food. This year our community goal is 5,000 lbs. Look for drop-off collection bins in offices & lobbies of: 150 Rouse, Adaptimmune, Bar Amis, Building 100, Building 101, Courtyard Marriott, EMD Performance Materials, FS Investments, Geodis, GSK, One Crescent, Penn State at the Navy Yard, RevZilla, Rhoads Industries, Unique Industries, URBN, Vincera Institute, and Wuxi AppTec!

PECO Presents Energy Efficiency Programs for Your Business
Wednesday, November 6, 2019; 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
PIDC and PECO continue to partner to bring energy saving opportunities to the Navy Yard community. Join PECO for a FREE lunch to learn about a portfolio of programs to help your company save energy and money! A panel of experts will provide an overview of the energy efficiency solutions available, while presenters who have already benefitted from these opportunities will share their experiences. Registration closes November 1.

Thursday, November 7 & 21, 2019; 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Building 543 hosts an ever-changing roster of local entrepreneurs, gardeners, artists, shops, and designers who bring items like handmade jewelry, homemade chocolates, vintage clothing, home goods and much more – to give the community a chance to browse and shop unique items. Each month’s vendors are announced on Instagram @URBNCommunity.

STEM Goes Red
Wednesday, November 13, 2019; 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women empowers people, communities, and organizations to build a sustainable culture of health. This day-long event, hosted at Penn State at the Navy Yard, inspires girls to explore STEM outside the classroom and embrace being heart healthy.

Noontime U: Climate Catastrophe Comes to Philadelphia
Thursday, November 14, 2019; 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Join Franklin Institute’s Environmental Scientist Dr. Rachel Valletta in exploring the local impacts of climate, what that means for our well-being, and what we can do about it. Noontime U is free, but pre-registration is required. Hosted by Penn State at the Navy Yard.

Easy Like Sunday Morning Restorative Yoga
Sunday, November 17, 2019; 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Ease your way into the holiday season with 90 luxurious minutes of relaxation at Nava Yoga Center. Restorative yoga offers a much-needed respite for the body and mind, allowing you to connect to your breath – the epitome of self-care!

TRICARE Q&A Information Sessions
Wednesday, November 20 & 27, 2019; 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The Chapel of Four Chaplains host’s Q&A information sessions with Tammy Cartagena on TRICARE benefits available for military beneficiaries.

Curate Your Kitchen October Open House
Thursday, November 21, 2019; 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Stop by the Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Showroom for an evening of information, ideas, and inspiration to help you curate your kitchen with the finest appliances. Event is free, but reservations are required.

Wendell Hobbs’ Masters of Jazz Orchestra: A Philadelphia Christmas
Saturday, November 30, 2019; 6:00 PM
The Wendell Hobbs’ Masters of Jazz Orchestra proudly presents their Christmas concert & show: “A Philadelphia Christmas – Dedicated to the Children of the World” featuring the Fellowship Community Church Ballet Troupe at the Chapel of Four Chaplains.


Lunch Truck Lineup
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays; 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, end November 21, 2019
Join Philly’s favorite mobile vendors for lunch all summer long! Keep an eye out every week as we announce the lineup on the Navy Yard’s social media channels.

  •  Tuesdays & Thursdays at the Marine Parade Grounds, Broad & Intrepid Ave
  • Wednesdays at 19th & Kitty Hawk Ave in the heart of the industrial campus

Navy Yard Running Club
Tuesdays beginning at 5:45 PM
We run all year long! Join your fellow Navy Yard employees for a free, weekly all levels group run around the Navy Yard! The Navy Yard Running Club will meet for a 2-5 mile run or interval run, ending with runners’ specials at Bar Amis. Follow us on instagram @NYRC_phila.

Lunch & Learn with Penn State at the Navy Yard
Various Dates & Times in August
Penn State at the Navy Yard offers opportunities to expand and grow your career with professional certificates, Six Sigma trainings, and a MBA program offered at the Navy Yard. Register for a lunch and learn to find out more about program details, scholarships, and admission information.

Toastmasters Sub & Surface Club
Every second & fourth Wednesday of the month; 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. The Toastmasters Sub and Surface Club meets at the Navy Yard. Please contact the Club at 215-983-4897 for meeting details and more information.

Sunday Worship Service at the Chapel
Sundays, beginning at 8:30 AM
In partnership with the 19th Street Baptist Church, the Chapel of Four Chaplains hosts an 8:30 AM bible study/Sunday school and a 10:30 AM church service.