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Austal Graduates Four-Year Apprentices

Austal USA honored 15 graduates of Austal’s cutting-edge four-year apprenticeship program.

Part of Austal’s growing talent pool – 3,000 and counting.   Austal USA honored 15 graduates of Austal’s cutting-edge four-year apprenticeship program yesterday at a ceremony held in the new Office Complex Multi-Use Room. This was recently the same backdrop for a ribbon-cutting ceremony which celebrated the official opening of three new buildings at Austal’s state-of-the-art shipbuilding operation in Mobile, Ala. The graduates received their certificates of completion and designation as Department of Labor Class A Journeymen. The graduating class consisted of 6 electrical journeymen, 4 pipe fitting journeymen, and 5 fabrication journeymen.   Special recognition went to Bill Ray Stroup, Jr., as the class valedictorian, as he was presented with the “Ross Latapie Award of Excellence”. This award was named in memory of Mr. Ross Latapie, a former apprentice who worked tirelessly to increase his knowledge of the electrician trade by completing extra classroom and laboratory assignments from his instructors. He currently holds the record for the highest Austal USA apprenticeship academic GPA of 4.0. Commenting on the continuing success of Austal’s apprenticeship program, Mr. Brian Leathers, Austal USA Interim President / CFO said, “This is a shining moment for these 15 graduates and their families


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


Gladding-Hearn Co-Founder Dies at 87

Richard C. “Dick” Hearn, who co-founded Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, died July 3rd at his home in Arizona. He was 87. Born in London, Mr. Hearn emigrated to the U.S. with his family at the age of six. They settled in Rhode Island, where Mr. Hearn later studied business administration at Bryant College before serving with the Army-Air Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After the war, he returned to R.I


Austal Honors Future Leaders

On the evening of September 2, 2009, Austal’s US operation in Mobile, Ala., honored the first graduates of its four-year apprenticeship program. The graduates honored at this banquet received their certificates of completion and designation as Department of Labor Class A Journeymen. Austal USA’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Joseph J. Rella, was the key speaker at the celebration. Rella stated, “the apprentice training does more than ensure skill sets that far exceed


Austal Graduates 21 Apprentices

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Austal USA honored the second set of graduates of our four-year apprenticeship program with a banquet in Mobile, Ala. The 21 graduates honored at this banquet received their certificates of completion and designation as Department of Labor Class A Journeymen. President and Chief Operating Officer, Joseph J. Rella, was the key speaker at the celebration. Rella stated, “The apprentice training program at Austal challenges the students both academically and practically


HII Hosts STEM Call-to-Collaboration Conference

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Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) informs that it has hosted a STEM Workforce Call-to-Collaboration conference to help increase the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and the quantity of STEM-educated graduates for the future workforce. The two-day conference featured insight from HII President and CEO Mike Petters, Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), who provided a keynote address via video.


Austal Gets Government Funds for Skills Training

A Letter of Intent has been signed between the Australian Government, Department of Defence and Austal regarding the Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Program (SADI). Subject to confirmation of a formal agreement, Austal will conduct the following general activities in order to receive payments of up to $1.1 million over the 2005-06 financial year. · Recruitment Programs including: attraction activities, additional apprentices, dual apprentices and mature age apprenticeships.


DP World London Gateway Launch Apprenticeship Scheme

Prospective Apprentices Tour: Photo credit DP World London Gateway

The hunt is on for six apprentices to undertake a 4-year programme combining study, training, & hands-on work experience in engineering. DP World London Gateway will pay an annual salary for six students to study at college and carry out work experience on-site over a four year period. This will culminate in the award of a Higher National Certificate in engineering. During the launch, Brandon Lewis MP, Minister for Thames Gateway


UK Shipyard Invests in Cornwall Apprentices

The apprentices & trainers: Photo courtesy of A&P

5 new apprentices have started work at A&P Falmouth shipyard, underlining the company’s long-term commitment to Cornwall (in the extreme Southwest of England) and the future of the dockyard there. The apprentices beat off stiff competition from almost 70 applicants to be awarded the opportunity with A&P, one of the biggest commercial ship repair companies in the UK. They are electricians Dave Blizzard, aged 21, from Falmouth and Ben Casley, aged 23


Shipyard Boss Abseils Down Drydock

Peter Child: Photo A&P Falmouth

UK shipyard, A&P managing director, Peter Child tested his nerves when he joined a dozen others to abseil down the largest dry dock on the UK’s south coast to raise money for charities. Mr Child and Adrian Richards, Chief Executive of BF Adventure in Penryn, were the first to test the ropes 50 feet above the huge dry dock at A&P Falmouth, which is 40m wide and 253m long – the size of two Wembley football pitches.


Austal Graduates 48 4-Yr Apprentices

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  Austal USA combined two classes to graduate a total of 48 members of Austal’s cutting-edge four-year apprenticeship program yesterday at a formal ceremony held at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center. The graduates received their certificates of completion and designation as


BAE Systems Investing in San Diego

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A discussion with Bob Koerber, General Manager, BAE Systems Ship Repair, San Diego, Calif. Bob Koerber, general manager of BAE Systems Ship Repair in San Diego, served on active duty as a surface warfare officer from 1981 to 1987, then continued to serve as a Navy Reservist


Mainstay Marine Looks Ahead Following Rebrand

Stewart Graves, Managing Director of Mainstay Marine Solutions outside the companys build hall on Pembroke Dock (Photo: Mainstay Marine Solutions)

South Wales maritime engineering company Mustang Marine has rebranded as Mainstay Marine Solutions.   The Pembroke Dock based workboat, marine energy device and waterside infrastructure specialist has adopted a new name and corporate image following its first year under new ownership.


SeaKing Bags Mersey Ferries Framework Agreement

Dave Gillam (Photo: SeaKing)

Birkenhead based SeaKing Electrical has been appointed to a four-year framework agreement for Mersey Ferries. The maritime firm, which has supported the ferry fleet for many years, has been formally accepted onto the marine engineering consultants framework for Mersey Ferries until 2019.


Five Minutes with Gulf Copper’s Dennis Buffo

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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

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  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

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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


BAE Systems Seeks 710 Apprentices for 2015

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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'


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

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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


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

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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






 
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