The Kitsap Sun saed starting pay is $15.11 an hour.
Shipyard spokeswoman Mary Ann Mascianica said the new helpers will boost the workforce to more than 11,500.
Major projects are underway on the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis, ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky and fast attack subs USS Jimmy Carter and USS Connecticut.
The newspaper said helpers work full time at the shipyard and can attend classes on their own time to get ahead.
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