Professional Development Program

Marine Engineer Apprenticeship

The marine engineer apprenticeship, offered through The Apprentice School's Professional Development Program, allows apprentices* to gain on-the-job engineering experience in the manufacturing, construction, maintenance and overhaul of some of the most complex ships in the world while earning a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.

Marine engineer apprentices:

  • Complete two years' on-the-job training in a shipbuilding discipline.
  • Complete three years' specialized engineering work rotations.
  • Earn a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University.

Marine engineer apprentices are full-time employees of Newport News Shipbuilding. Time spent in academic classes is generally part of an apprentice's paid work week, resulting in a unique, specialized combination of on-the-job-training and related academic instruction.

*Click here to learn how current apprentices can be considered for the marine engineer apprenticeship.

Apply

Step 1: Complete online application and pay a non-refundable $30 processing fee.

The application fee is required once, valid for two years and waived for current Newport News Shipbuilding employees. A secure PayPal link for payments via credit/debit card transactions will be provided through email upon submission of the application.

  1. Go to www.huntingtoningalls.com/careers.
  2. On the menu select Careers > Job Search.
  3. Click on Hourly or Professional.
  4. If you already have a profile, login with your username and password. Otherwise, click on the blue link in the gray box that says Click here to create a new account.
  5. Click on Search openings and enter "MARINE ENGINEER APPRENTICE" in the keyword field and select Newport News- Virginia-United States for desired location.
  6. Click the first Search button
  7. View the open positions based on your criteria
  8. Select Apply at the bottom of the job description screen.
  9. Fill out application COMPLETELY (all education history, work history, references, criminal background, etc.).
  10. Click Submit.

Step 2: Electronically submit a typed, 500- to 700-word essay, in which you respond to the following questions:

Applicants must submit an online application and pay a non-refundable $30 processing fee. (Fee waived for current Newport News Shipbuilding employees.) A secure form for credit card transactions will be provided via email upon submission of the application.

  • How do your educational background, work experience and other activities demonstrate how you excelled in leadership, scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities and community service?
  • The marine engineer apprenticeship requires significant on-the-job training in a combination of waterfront production, engineering and/or business environments. How do you plan to successfully adapt to the various work environments? What challenges do you anticipate and how to you plan to meet them?
  • What are your long-term career aspirations and how will the marine engineer apprenticeship help you achieve your career goals?

Email the essay as a Microsoft Word or Portable Document Format (PDF) file to apprenticeschool@hii-nns.com. Include your first and last name and "Marine Engineer Application Essay" in the subject line of the email. Paper submissions are not accepted.

Step 3: Mail two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to your character, professional experience, qualifications and academic preparedness for the marine engineer apprenticeship to:

The Apprentice School Admissions Office
4101 Washington Avenue
Bldg. 1919
Newport News, VA 23607

Step 4: Mail official transcripts from all high schools and post secondary schools attended to:

The Apprentice School Admissions Office
4101 Washington Avenue
Bldg. 1919
Newport News, VA 23607

Requirements

To be considered for the Professional Development Program marine engineer apprenticeship, external applicants must:

  • Hold an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts and Sciences in Engineering or a minimum of 60 credit hours of relevant undergraduate coursework in engineering satisfying the first two years of the BS in Engineering at Old Dominion University.
  • Be an honors graduate or have honors standing
  • Be neither a current apprentice nor an alumnus of The Apprentice School.
  • Submit a 500- to 700-word essay.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation.
  • Submit official transcripts from all high schools and post secondary schools attended.

What's Next?

Admissions staff reviews applications upon receipt of the processing fee and official transcripts from all high schools and post secondary schools attended. All applicants will receive email notification of their application status.

The recruitment, selection, employment and training of apprentices are based on bona fide occupational requirements and are done without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. The company takes affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and operates the program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 30, and the Virginia State Plan.

The Admissions Office can be reached by calling (757) 380-3809 or emailing apprenticeschool@hii-nns.com.

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