Engineering Leadership Development Program

Program Overview

Our Engineering Leadership Development Program (ELDP) is a highly competitive, early-career development program intended to prepare selected engineers for future technical leadership roles. During the three years in the ELDP, the engineers work on carefully chosen, highly rigorous and challenging projects while concurrently pursuing an advanced graduate degree. The program culminates in a high visibility, 12-month long technical capstone project.

The overall objective of the ELDP is to expose engineers to challenging work and field assignments, the heavy academic work load of graduate school, and leadership opportunities (e.g., the Naval Nuclear Laboratory sponsored leadership training colloquiums and community outreach opportunities) in which to develop and demonstrate their potential capacity as future technical leaders. In conjunction with the advanced technical and graduate coursework, the rotational and field assignments provide program members with a broad range of technical and programmatic work experiences and instill a comprehensive understanding of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.


ELDP engineers are required to pursue and successfully meet the academic requirements for an advanced graduate level degree in an engineering discipline of their choice, if they do not already have one, consistent with our technical business needs. Local and distance learning options are available, and all tuition, books, and associated non-discretionary fees are reimbursed by the Naval Nuclear Laboratory (a grade of “B” or better is required).

Selection Requirements

Candidates for the ELDP are selected based upon demonstrated high academic achievements, strong communication and teaming skills, the evident ability to learn complex technical systems and processes, and demonstrated leadership initiative. If you have a bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline from an ABET accredited institution, and a demonstrated ability to take on and successfully deliver on technically challenging assignments, you should consider applying to the ELDP. 

Herminio, Electrical Engineer
"Working at NNL as an electrical engineer has been an amazing, challenging, and rewarding career. I have worked in many areas of equipment design, testing, and training, and have worked side by side with Navy crews in the lab and onboard the ships. These experiences have given me the firsthand opportunity to see the impact my work has on the Sailors who protect our freedom, and the meaningful contributions that I make to the security of our nation."
Electrical Engineer