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
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
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
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.
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 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
Small Company with Big Ambitions Celebrates 25 Years On the occasion of Metal Craft Marine’s 25th anniversary, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News ventured north, to the boat builder’s Kingston, Ontario headquarters, to discover the secret to its success. Metal Craft Marine is well regarded in maritime circles for designing and building high performance craft outfitted for the most demanding work conditions
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
Apprentice George Woolliss, 18, found himself hovering above the rooftops of Bournemouth & Poole College last week. George, from the village of St Leonard’s near Ringwood, was given a bird’s-eye view of the latest high-tech equipment loaned to the college on a long-term basis by Raymarine, one of the region’s leading marine electronics company based in Fareham. The Raymarine equipment, fixed to the roof of the new Marine Engineering Centre which opened last year
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
Altogether, 35 apprentices and 13 graduates of dual study courses were handed their diplomas at a graduation celebration tin Plant 2 of Tognum subsidiary MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH. Steffen Besserer, head of personnel development, praised the achievements of the young job starters
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.
Merseyside engineering firm Cammell Laird announced its largest ever intake of apprentices since it restarted its apprenticeship program in 2008. Birkenhead-based Cammell Laird has taken on 22 apprentices working across a range of skills which brings the total number within the business to 71
The next generation of engineering and maritime stars was recognized at the annual Maritime and Engineering College North West (MECNW) Apprenticeship Awards. The ceremony on November 14, held at MECNW in Birkenhead, celebrated the achievements of learners across 11 different award categories
OilCareers.com and Expro reveal industry shift to permanent positions OilCareers.com has released statistics suggesting that staff roles offered by employers in the Gulf of Mexico have increased almost sixteenfold in the last three years.
A&P Falmouth has launched an apprenticeship recruitment search to find raw talent in Cornwall (SW England). The purpose of the scheme is to train and hone into the skilled engineering and marine workers of the future. In the last five years A&P
A cutting edge ferry, which is the second of two hybrid vessels, was launched on the Clyde today at Ferguson's shipyard in Port Glasgow. The ferries are being built following a Scottish Government investment worth over £20 million, which has continued the proud heritage and tradition of
Huntington Ingalls Industries announced that Don Perkins has been named vice president of contracts and pricing for the company's Ingalls Shipbuilding division. Operationally, Perkins' organization is responsible for contract administration, proposal formulation, estimating, pricing
Statistics suggest an industry shift to permanent positions accompanied by inflation in packages worldwide as recruiters attempt to stem the global skills gap. OilCareers.com announced that it has seen a significant rise in the amount of roles offered by recruiters in relation to unconventional
Nautronix gave young people across Aberdeen City and Shire an insight in to the oil and gas industry and the exciting career opportunities available to them. Working with Coaching Training Consultancy Ltd, (C-T-C) and their SCIP program, Nautronix invited 14 pupils aged between 16 and 17 from St
BC Ferries cut time loss injuries in half; it reduced serious injuries by two-thirds; it slashed annual insurance claims costs by more than three-quarters.
For the second consecutive year, cadets from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy are spending time on board tugboats and towboats this summer as part of a program under the auspices of the Coast Guard-American Waterways Operators (AWO) Safety Partnership
Insights: John Lotshaw, Gulf Coast Director of Training and Workforce Development Ingalls Shipbuilding
When it comes to training, recruitment and retention issues – serious matters facing all maritime employers today – John Lotshaw probably knows better than most; what’s best for you. And, no matter what end of the maritime business model that you hail from
Willard Marine, Inc. announced Monday that David “Smokey” Glover will join its east coast Virginia Beach facility as Director of Operations. Glover’s career in the maritime industry dates back to 1974 when he completed a four-year apprenticeship as marine machinist for Norfolk
Vigor Industrial Opens Maritime Training Center on Seattle’s Harbor Island Looking toward the future and with a weather eye on what could come next, Oregon-based Vigor Industrial launched a six-month training program this July in welding