Welcome to Colonna's Shipyard Career Development Programs;
We provide the opportunity, you take the first step!
Since 1875, Colonna’s Shipyard has built a reputation of excellence in ship repair, fabrication and machining. As one of the oldest shipyards in America, we understand the value of recruiting the best employees in the maritime industry. Our diversified workforce represents a combination of skill, experience and education across a wide range of careers, from entry level to experienced professionals. Most importantly, Colonna’s Shipyard is committed to providing a safe and productive work environment for every employee.
Colonna’s Shipyard is focused on developing our workforce and training the future leadership of our company. Our career development programs are designed to provide our employees with the skills necessary to learn, grow and enjoy a fulfilling career in the ship repair industry.
Apprenticeship Program: in partnership with Tidewater Community College, Colonna’s Apprenticeship Program is a registered four-year program that combines on-the-job training with internally created instructional content.
Management Training Program: a twelve-month training program that gives selectees exposure to multiple aspects of how our company operates on the waterfront through hands-on experience with actual contracts and projects.
Internship Program: a 10-12 week internship that rotates the selectees through different production departments of the company for exposure on how our company operates.
Helper to Mechanic Program: a 5 year, 10,000-hour training program which is designed to develop helpers into top-notch mechanics.
No matter the skill, experience, or education of an applicant, we offer multiple career development opportunities.
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Colonna's Shipyard is currently hiring for our Management Trainee Program.
The objective of the Management Trainee program is to allow selected new employees a broad understanding of Colonna’s Shipyard and its primary business of ship repair and Steel America’s heavy industrial fabrication during the first twelve months of employment. In order to accomplish this, each selected trainee will get the opportunity to spend time with the various divisions, departments and shops working on actual projects to gain an understanding of how our company operates. The ultimate goal is for these employees to be our future leaders and Managers
Colonna's Shipyard’s Helper to Mechanic Program (HTM) is a 5 year, 10,000-hour training program which is designed to develop entry-level helpers into our best well-rounded 1st class mechanics. Our program is recognized as the backbone of a well-trained workforce. Every effort is made to provide each HTM with opportunities to learn all the phases of a selected trade. This is done by job shadowing, which allows the HTM to perform in the various job assignments within the particular trade.
Are you looking for hands-on experiences in the trade’s field while at the same time earning class credits and getting paid? Look no further than Colonna’s Shipyard, Inc.’s Apprenticeship Program. Our Apprenticeship Program provides employment while learning a skilled trade under the guidance of experienced craftspeople. Apprentices are employed fulltime and earn a competitive wage while advancing to the journeyman level. By attending classes at Tidewater Community College and receiving on-the-job training, we will invest in your training and development, and provide you with the technical skills you’ll need to be successful in your respective trade.
WE ARE HIRING FOR THE FOLLOWING TRADES:
- Fabricator/Welder: you will be building of metal structures by cutting, bending, and assembling processes. You will specialize in fusing materials together. The materials to be joined can be metals (such as steel, aluminum, brass, stainless steel etc.)
- Pipefitter: you will be involved in the installation, maintenance, and repair of high temperature water and high-pressure piping systems such as hydraulic, nitrogen, oxygen, steam heating, and steam-generating systems
- Inside Machinist: you will learn how to operate various machine tools (including lathes, milling machines, drill presses, and spindles) to produce precision metal parts in large quantities
- Outside Machinist: you will learn how to remove, repair, overhaul, install and align main propulsion machinery and associated equipment/components
- Electrician: you will be involved in the installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of electrical wiring systems, fixtures, controls, and equipment in various areas
Apprenticeships are a blend of classroom and paid, on-the-job training. Typically, this will be 144+ hours in the classroom (community college and internal classroom instruction) and 2000+ hours on the job, and last about 4 years. Apprentices learn theory, mathematics, document writing, how to read blueprints and schematics, safety, and more.
Once training is complete, Apprentices become journeyman level.