Gaylene McHale

Director, Shipyard Integration and Production Engineering

Gaylene McHale

As Director of Shipyard Integration and Production Engineering, Gaylene serves as the program lead for Ingalls’ Shipyard of the Future initiative. She is responsible for assessing enterprise-wide process changes and integrating strategic affordability improvements, ship construction build strategies, facility and equipment technology upgrades, and driving our future shipyard investment efforts.

Over her thirty years of shipbuilding experience, Gaylene has held multiple leadership roles in Program Management, Supply Chain, Operations and Fleet Support.

Gaylene joined Ingalls Shipbuilding in 2004 and has held various management positions including: Program Manager for Large Deck Amphibious Ship Programs (LHD 8 and LHA 6), LHA 6 Proposal Manager and Advanced Capabilities Group interface to Production. She was also assigned to the New Orleans shipyard and managed the construction of LPD 18 as Ship Program Manager.

Prior to joining Ingalls, Gaylene spent more than 20 years at General Dynamics/Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. During her tenure at BIW, she held professional and management positions in Design, Procurement, Construction, Post-Delivery Support, and Programs Management.

A native of Bowdoinham, Maine, Gaylene earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and earned her MBA from New Hampshire College. In addition, she holds Level III Advanced Program Management certification from the DoD Defense Acquisition University. Professional memberships include the Society of Women Engineers, Surface Navy Association and American Society of Naval Engineering.

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