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News: Austal Apprenticeship Program Completes First Year

In June 2002, the fast expanding Austal USA yard, in Mobile, AL, introduced an apprenticeship program to its recruitment efforts. Since then, this program has introduced three classes to its shipbuilding curriculum, which is recognized by the U.S. Labor Board, and has successfully entered into its second year of operation. Shortly after Austal USA opened its new aluminum shipbuilding facility in February 2001, they joined forces with the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and Bishop State Community College to formulate a 2-year program: Recent high school graduates of Mobile and Baldwin County would be hired as full-time Austal employees (working 34 hours a week in our purpose-built facility) as part of an apprenticeship program. They would also attend shipbuilding, aluminum welding, and general engineering classes at Bishop State for 6 hours a week. These employees are paid an hourly wage for a full 40-hour work week and are eligible to receive full benefits, including health, dental, 401k, vacation, and paid holidays. Students within this program have the opportunity to receive a performance-based hourly wage increase every six months. Upon completion of the program, they receive aluminum welding and shipbuilding certification and are promoted to aluminum fabricators at Austal. To promote this program, representatives of Austal USA, The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce


HSOG Launches Apprenticeship Program

HS Ocean Group (HSOG ) celebrates National Apprenticeship Week by committing to long-term Apprenticeship program. The marine services specialist HSOG has launched a formal Apprenticeship training program following the successful progression of its first ever apprentices. The global company – which has offices in 12 countries across four continents – engaged six apprentices at its McTays Shipyard and Warbreck Engineering facilities in Merseyside last year.


Shipyard Lays Keel of 14th Product Tanker in Philadelphia Yard

Apprentices, officials at ceremony: Photo credit Aker

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard holds ceremonial keel-laying, yard apprentices attend Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (Oslo: AKPS), a leading U.S. commercial shipyard, has held a ceremonial keel laying for Ship 018, the 14th product tanker being built at the yard. The small ceremony was conducted with the most recent class of the shipyard’s Apprenticeship Program and two apprentice graduates who have risen to the position of supervisor


SeaKing Invests in Sector-specific Training

Dave Gillam

Merseyside industrial engineering firm SeaKing Electrical said it has undergone a major investment in staff training in a bid to drive growth in the marine, offshore and windfarm sectors. The Birkenhead-based company has invested across a number of areas including offshore survival training and working at heights. Staff have undergone rigorous courses at the Offshore Survival Centre at Blackpool and The Fylde College, which is the only site on the U.K


Newport News Shipbuilding's Apprentice School to partner Old Dominion University

The Signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Apprentice School and Old Dominion University (ODU) will take place tomorrow (23rd April) at 3101 Washington Ave. in downtown Newport News for offering a bachelor's degree program in mechanical and electrical engineering. The Apprentice School is the only registered apprenticeship program in the country to offer a bachelor's degree as part of its academic instruction program, thanks to a partnership with ODU.


BAE Systems Seeks 710 Apprentices for 2015

Photo: BAE Systems

BAE Systems in the U.K said it will take on 710 apprentices in 2015, the highest intake in the company’s history.   Next year's intake surpasses the record set in the previous year by 142 places and includes 45 places for apprentices who will eventually join companies in BAE Systems' supply chain or work in local engineering companies. The latter are funded under the government's Employer Ownership Program.  


Kuhn Joins Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Photo courtesy Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Jennifer Kuhn of Seattle, Wash. has joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD as a shipwright apprentice. Prior to joining CBMM, Kuhn earned her applied science degree from Seattle Central Community College’s marine carpentry program and her BA in fine arts and education from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. Through work with Seattle Shipwrights, Kuhn helped repair and restore a variety of boats including longliners


NNS Employee Named Outstanding Apprentice 2012

Greg Hoefflin: Photo credit HII

Newport News Shipbuilding employee Greg Hoefflin has been named an Outstanding Apprentice for 2012 by the Virginia Apprenticeship Council. Hoefflin, a 2012 graduate of The Apprentice School at NNS, is the ninth Apprentice School graduate to receive the honor since it was first awarded in 1998. The Virginia Apprenticeship Council, in association with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, sponsors the annual awards program to honor outstanding apprentices who represent the best of


Canada's Seaspan Confident NSPS On-Track

Seaspan CEO  addresses concerns raised by the Parliamentary Budget Officer about the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS). (Seaspan affiliate companies include Vancouver Drydock, Vancouver Shipyards and Victoria Shipyards). Seaspan ULC’s CEO Jonathan Whitworth's statement is as follows: We are confident the NSPS program as described in 2010, as awarded in October 2011, and as signed in the umbrella agreement (UA) on February 14, 2012, is solidly on track.


Maritime Industry Loses Labor Leader Jesse M. Calhoon

Jesse M. Calhoon

The Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (M.E.B.A.) is sad to announce that Jesse M. Calhoon, the M.E.B.A.’s longest serving President who is widely credited with ushering the Union into the modern era, died on Tuesday October 22. He was 90 years old. Calhoon served the M.E.B.A. as a powerful and visionary leader, and a tough negotiator who employers viewed as a formidable but trustworthy adversary. His dynamic service as M.E.B.A


Mississippi Governor Visits Ingalls Shipbuilding

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant tried his hand in a crane simulator during a tour of Ingalls Shipbuilding’s Maritime Training Academy. Also pictured is Larry Porter, a master trainer at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, which partners with Ingalls and the State of Mississippi in administering Ingalls’ apprenticeship program. Photo by Andrew Young/HII

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant visited Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding facility, meeting with shipyard officials on workforce development and training initiatives and touring Ingalls' Maritime Training Academy, the company announced.  


Learning & Development Roadmaps Instantly Updatable

Aviation Boatswains Mate (Handling) 3rd Class James Carson, from Ozark, Ala., studies for the upcoming advancement exam aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush

Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) announced Feb. 10 that the Navy's comprehensive enlisted career guides, Learning and Development Roadmaps (LaDR), have transitioned to a Web application that is easily-accessed and instantly updatable.


BAE Systems Gets $1.3b for New UK Warships

Image: BAE Systems

The U.K. Ministry of Defense has signed a $1.3 billion contract with BAE Systems for equipment to build the next generation of warships for the British navy, Prime Minister David Cameron announced today. BAE Systems has been working on plans to provide Britain with 13 new warships since 2010


Apprentices Graduate to Newport News Shipbuilding

(From left) The Apprentice School Director Everett Jordan presented the school’s 10,000th graduate, Sara Ruggles, with a plaque to commemorate the milestone as Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin and Newport News Shipbuilding Vice President of Trade Operations Ray Bagley joined other shipyard leadership in applause. Photo by John Whalen/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted commencement exercises Saturday to graduate 157 apprentices from the company's Apprentice School located at Newport News Shipbuilding. The graduation, held at the Liberty Baptist Church Worship Center in Hampton


Dutch Minister Visits Damen Cape Town

Shed 6 photo with Minister Ploumen, Bonnie Horbach, Sam Montsi-Zuma, Friso Visser and Ambassador Adre Haspels

Dutch Minister Ploumen visits Damen Shipyards Cape Town and honors newly qualified welders and boilermakers The Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, and a Dutch Trade Delegation visited Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) on Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Holton Tours Newport News’ Apprentice School

Apprentices Jason Marshall (left) and Matthew Stanley (center) greet Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton in the lobby of The Apprentice School before her tour led by the school’s director, Everett Jordan (right). Photo by Chris Oxley/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton Wednesday for a tour of The Apprentice School at the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division. Danny Hunley, Newport News' vice president of operations, and Everett Jordan


Dutch Minister Ploumen Visits Damen Shipyards Cape Town

With Minister Ploumen

The Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Ms Lilianne Ploumen, and a Dutch Trade Delegation visited Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) on Tuesday, July 8th 2014. The goal was to get an impression of the way South African and Dutch companies and entrepreneurs are working


Scottish Sea Farms Orders Newbuilds

Image: Macduff Shipyards

Macduff Shipyards Ltd. has received a contract worth more than £3.3 million pounds from Scottish Sea Farms for the design and build of four 19.8-meter 150T steel salmon feed barges and two 15m landing craft general purpose fish farm vessels.


Senator Kaine Tours NNS Apprentice School

Senatorial visit: Photo HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) apprises that it has hosted Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., for a tour of The Apprentice School at the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division. The visit provided Kaine an opportunity to meet with shipyard and Apprentice School leaders and discuss the importance


Five Minutes with Gulf Copper’s Dennis Buffo

Dennis Buffo

Gulf Copper Vice President and USMMA grad (’71) Dennis Buffo has more than four decades of maritime experience. Here he shares 40+ years in five minutes with Maritime Reporter. Can you tell us a bit about your background.     I graduated from the U.S


CEVA Opens European Center of Logistics Excellence

CEVA logo with tagline

  CEVA Logistics, a leading global supply chain management company, today announced the opening of its first Center of Logistics Excellence in Europe. Situated in Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom, the opening marks CEVA’s third Center following the launch of Centers in Jacksonville


MTU Plant 'S.C. Manufacturer of the Year’

Palmetto award gala: Photo MTU

The MTU Aiken Plant, which produces world-class diesel engines and components, has been named South Carolina Chamber of Commerce‘s 2014 Small/Medium Manufacturer of the Year. The facility is operated by MTU America Inc. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Marine


CTruk Sets Plans for Expansion

Image courtesy of CTruk

More than 120 new jobs in the cards if Advanced Composite Technology Center project receives grant funding support CTruk signed the lease on a 6,400m² site on the Colne Estuary, a few miles upriver from its current Brightlingsea base


Mustang Marine Launches Recruitment Drive

Stewart Graves, managing director, and Rita Beard, safety officer, observing work being carried out by Benjamin Cardew, Paul Hethrington and Richard Davey on the 20m BMT Nigel Gee design wind farm support vessel (Photo courtesy of Mustang Marine)

Mustang Marine, which is under a new ownership and management structure after being bought out of administration in May 2014 by a group of nine investors, has completed a broad range of orders in what was a successful second half of 2014, the company reports


A&P Contracted for Navy Tanker Maintenance

Image by A&P Group

A&P Group, the UK’s largest ship repair firm has bagged a £15 million military contract to complete the fit-out of the Royal Navy support group’s new fleet of tankers.   The Cornish shipbuilder will customize and maintain the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s four new






 
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