Apprenticeship Program

Job ID
2022-2389
Posted Date
3 days ago(9/22/2022 8:01 AM)
Category
Programs
Type
Regular Full-Time

Overview

Colonna’s Shipyard Inc. is excited to announce we are hiring for our January 2023 entering cohort of Maritime Trade Apprentices.

 

Colonna’s Shipyard Inc. located in the Historic Berkley area of Norfolk, VA is the oldest family owned and operated private shipyard in the United States. Since 1875, we have acknowledged our employees as our strength and value their dedication to the family.

 

Colonna's Apprenticeship Program is a four-year program that combines classroom/college level instruction alongside on- the-job training under the guidance of experienced craftspeople.

 

Over the course of the four years, apprentices will receive on-the-job training (OJT) and classroom instruction (RTI) while learning a skilled trade. Apprentices will perform shipboard work in support of repair and industrial fabrication of Navy, Commercial and Private maritime vessels.


Program Basic Qualifications

  • United States Citizen
  • 18 Years of Age or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Must be able to pass a Background Check
  • Eligible to receive DBIDS (Naval Yard Access)
  • Pass Drug Test and Physical
  • Demonstrate a reasonable degree of mechanical, math and verbal aptitude
  • Review Maritime Trade Description Document (Link Below)
  • Complete required Screening Questions to complete application (Link Below)

Maritime Trade Descriptions

 

CSI Apprenticeship Application, Screening Questions

 

Interview Process Outlined

  • Applications and Screening Questions Reviewed
  • Invited to Mandatory Information Session
  • 1 on 1 Interviews
  • Final Panel Interviews with Leadership
  • Candidates Selected – Physicals/Drug Test/Background Check
  • January 2023 Start Apprenticeship Program

 

2023 Offered Apprenticeships

  1. Crane & Rigging

Riggers in the ship repair and industrial fabrication industry are responsible for: lifting, removal and installation of equipment, materials, and structural components whether aboard vessels or around the shipyard utilizing hooking cranes, scaffolding, quality assurance and other advanced rigging practices.

 

The Rigging Apprentice will learn to calculate the weight factors and angles used in the proper lifting and transferring of heavy loads. Riggers are responsible for installing the safety nets, anchor chains, elevator cables, and mooring ropes onboard the ships and for line handling of the cables and ropes when docking or undocking the ships.

 

  1. Marine Electrician

Marine Electricians in the ship repair and industrial fabrication industry are responsible for: the installation, troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair of electrical components on shipboard systems such as wiring, controllers, motors, panels, and switchboards.

 

  1. Structural Welder

Welders in the ship repair and industrial fabrication industry are responsible for the repair of metal structures by performing cutting and joining of marine materials using advanced welding and thermal processes onboard vessels.

Welding Apprentices will perform burning, welding, and grinding and become specialist in the fusing of materials together such as: Steel, Aluminum, Brass and Stainless Steel.

 

Structural welding is used to create metal frameworks for boats, ships, vessels, buildings, bridges, vehicles, and a variety of other complex structures.

 

  1. Shipfitter

In the ship repair and industrial fabrication industry Shipfitters are responsible for the repair, including fabrication, repair, removal, and installation of ship structures such as foundations, decks, bulkheads etc. onboard vessels.

 

Shipfitters work alongside structural welders on the repair of metal structures or fixtures.

 

  1. Fabrication Welder

Welders in the ship repair and industrial fabrication industry are responsible for the construction of metal structures by performing cutting and joining of marine materials using advanced welding and thermal processes onboard vessels.

Welding Apprentices will perform burning, welding, and grinding and become specialist in the fusing of materials together such as: Steel, Aluminum, Brass and Stainless Steel.

 

Metal fabrication uses a variety of methods to build new structures, machines, and other products from raw materials. These materials can include castings, formed, and expanded metals, flat metals, plate meal, and welding wire.

 

  1. Structural Fitter 

In the ship repair and industrial fabrication industry Fitters are responsible for the construction, including fabrication, repair, removal, and installation of ship structures such as foundations, decks, bulkheads etc. onboard vessels.

 

Fitters work alongside structural welders on the construction of metal structures or fixtures.

 

  1. Inside Machinist

Inside Machinist in the ship repair and industrial fabrication industry are responsible for the operation of various machines and tools used to produce precision metal parts in large quantities. Inside Machine shop equipment includes lathes, milling machines, drill presses and spindles.

 

Inside Machinist Apprentices will learn the basic principles of each machine and masters the techniques for cutting tools, adjustments, measurements, speeds, feeds and how to apply them in each process.

 

  1. Outside Machinist

Outside Machinist in the ship repair and industrial fabrication industry are responsible for repair, removal, overhaul, and installation of mechanical components on shipboard systems such as engines, valves, deck equipment etc.

 

Along with the process of installing equipment Outside Machinist Apprentices will gain experience reading and interpreting blueprints.

 

  1. Marine Painter

Marine Painter Apprentice in the ship repair and industrial fabrication industry are trained to paint vessels and structures using specialized spray equipment, brushes, and rollers. In some cases, apprentices will use unique compounds that prevent corrosion or create a membrane that seals the boat.

 

  1. Marine Pipefitter

Marine Pipefitters in the ship repair and industrial fabrication industry are responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of high temperature and high-pressure piping systems such as: hydraulic, nitrogen, oxygen, steam heating, and steam-generating systems.

While gaining experience reading and interpreting blueprints Pipefitting Apprentices will gain fundamental skills and techniques of piping fabrication, inspection, and testing.

 

  1. Gas Free Technician

In the ship repair and industrial fabrication industry gas free technicians are responsible for maintaining tanks and handling of all hazardous and nonhazardous materials.  Technicians will work with ventilation, hoses, and pumps.

 

  1. Dock Mechanic

In the ship repair and industrial fabrication industry dock mechanics are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of docking platforms, dry docks, and marine railways.

 

Responsibilities

Physical Demands 

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to:

  • Sit, stand, walk, bend, squat, climb, reach, push, pull, stoop, crawl, kneel, balance, lift and carry various objects and equipment
  • Use hands to handle objects, to control objects and/or tools
  • Reach with hands and arms
  • Work in confined spaces such as boilers, tanks, and voids
  • Access areas of facility and vessels by inclined and vertical ladders
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus

Qualifications

  • United States Citizen
  • 18 Years of Age or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Must be able to pass a Background Check
  • Eligible to receive DBIDS (Naval Yard Access)
  • Pass Drug Test and Physical
  • Demonstrate a reasonable degree of mechanical, math and verbal aptitude
  • Review Maritime Trade Description Document
  • Complete required Screening Questions to complete application

Compensation & Benefits

Colonna’s Apprenticeship Program compensation is based on a graduated pay scale. Every six-months apprentices are evaluated on skill, performance, and grades to be eligible for the next scheduled pay increase.

 

 Benefits Include:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Education paid by Colonna's Shipyard
  • Competitive Wages 
  • Bi-Annual Pay Increase
  • Bonus Opportunities for Grades
  • 401K (with company matching)
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • (6) Paid Holidays
  • Legal Services
  • On-site gym
  • Free and close parking
  • Employee perks/gifts and more

EEO

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: MALE / FEMALE / DISABILITY / VETERAN

 

Colonna’s Shipyard and our affiliates are pleased to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

VALUES:

  • Respect
  • Pride
  • Truth
  • Family

These VALUES are the guidelines that make us a leader in our industry. We are pleased and confident in stating that our skilled employees are among the most respected experts in the ship repair industry.

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