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Employment Opportunities

How do you go about planning your career? It takes time and thought to decide what you’d like to do, or where you’d like to go. Be sure to hand carry your employment records and resumes so you can look for employment as soon as you would like after your move. Planning your career, or career development, is for everyone. It is also very personal, because it starts with your career goals. At every stage of your career you should be considering career development.

There are several steps in the career development process: 

  1. Set your career goals
  2. Create a career development plan to help you reach these goals 
  3. Capture this plan on an Individual Development Plan (IDP) Form 
  4. Discuss your career plans with your mentor 
  5. Finalize your IDP with your supervisor

Take some time and really think about what you want to do with your career. Follow the steps in the career development process, and you will be well on your way to the career of your choosing!

Fleet and Family Support Center Services

There are a variety of contracting companies who offer employment onboard Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, CA. The Fleet and Family Support Center offers classes such as:

Resume Writing: Focuses on resume development, soliciting letters of recommendation and thank letters to potential employers.

Winning Interview Techniques: Designed to provide information on how to effectively present yourself before, during and after the interview process.

Finding Federal Employment: The course provides information on obtaining vacancy announcements, completing federal applications, eligibility and hiring preferances.


The Transition Assistance Management Program (TAMP) includes Transition Assistance Programs for military personnel that are within one year of separation such as TAP (Transition Assistance Program) class, designed to assist Active Duty Military (any branch) with a smooth transition into civilian life by educating them on benefits and resources available to them upon exiting the US Armed Forces. We also do encourage Spouses to attend seminars.

Labor Law Quick Facts

California’s minimum wage increased effective 2009. The new minimum wage per hour will be $8.00.

Federal Civil Service

All recruiting for positions at NAWC China Lake and our serviced activities is now handled by the Human Resources Services Center, to submit an application go

Non-Federal Civil Service Positions  (Non-Appropriated Funds)

The Navy Exchange has some employment opportunities. Go to  or check at the Main Store. NEX provides employment opportunities. Applicants may apply for positions by contacting the NEX Personnel Employment Office,

Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) also employs NAF (Non-Appropriated Funding) personnel on base. Applicants interested in employment with Recreation, Food Service, and Child Care Programs may contact the MWR Personnel Office.

Listed are some of the  contracting companies who offer employment at China Lake.
NAVAIR Lockheed Martin Service
Boeing New Directions Technologies Inc. (NDTI)
Systems Application & Technologies Inc. Sa -TECH Tybrin Corporation
Raytheon Systems VSE
AECOM Synectic Solutions
L-3 Communications Arcata
Wyle Laboratories Saalex Solutions
DCS Corporation Computer Science Corporation
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Electronic Warfare Associates, Inc.
Booz Allen Hamilton Entron Systems Company
General Dynamics Information Technology Jacobs Naval Systems Group, Inc
MIL Corporation Naval Systems, Inc NSI

Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment Insurance is intended to provide partial income replacement for those who become unemployed through no fault of their own. These benefits are a temporary source of income while the unemployed individual is seeking work, or in authorized cases, attending training. Request for benefits can be filed over the phone or on-line. Benefits are received weekly. Maximum weeks to receive benefits are 26. The lowest weekly benefit amount is $122. The maximum weekly benefit is $515. The average weekly benefit in 2006 was $315. For additional information please go to theUnemployment Benefits State website.

Tuition Assistance


For information on MyCAA and Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities, visitMilitary OneSource.

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