Advanced Apprenticeship Programs

Apprentices who excel in the Basic Apprenticeship may be considered for an additional 4000-hour advanced discipline (approximately 2-years), where they complete strategically timed on-the-job training and academic coursework for either 1) an associate degree at minimum, or 2) coursework leading to a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Criteria used in selection includes academic grades, craft performance, attendance, personal interest, and aptitude for the work.

Advanced Operations

This program allows apprentice to continue in the trade for an additional two-years and includes added special rotations in key areas throughout the company. It is designed to develop leadership skills that will enhance the apprentice’s capability to function as a team member/leader and to improve quality and efficiency of production, manufacturing, and maintenance processes.

Cost Analyst

This occupation perform an important role within the Business Management organization. Cost Analysts develop material and man-hour estimates, analyze and compare cost information for proposal variances, project funding progress, and compile estimate documentation to support contract negotiations. Cost Analyst apprentices evaluate customer requirement documents, participate in job scope development and budget distribution, assist with planning workflow for trades departments, and analyze performance to budget.

Front Line Supervisor

This program is designed to further develop talented individuals for Front Line Supervision (FLS). It is an opportunity for highly motivated individuals interested in taking college coursework while being launched into the Operations Division at BIW. Embedded as an actual FLS, participants develop professionally, technically and personally using supervisory/management competencies as an organized coaching platform and leveraging existing organizational strengths and innovation, including special job rotations, the Leadership Academy, and strategically timed on-the-job experiences, the program prepares apprentices to be supervisors as they transition legitimately but gently into the supervision community.

Marine Design

Apprentices selected for this program will prepare a variety of engineering documents including drawings, liaison and discrepancy reports. Students will utilize PC based design software including computer aided drafting and specification/technical libraries. Design students will take courses specifically developed for the Marine Design apprenticeship including marine engineering and naval architecture.

Marine Engineer

The marine engineer apprenticeship allows current qualifying apprentices to gain on-the-job engineering experience in the manufacturing, construction, and maintenance of U.S. Naval ships while earning a Bachelor or Master of Science in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.

Planning Tech

Planning technician apprentices become proficient in the use of various computer systems that are used for planning and controlling work on various product lines. They will rotate through related work areas to become experienced in program planning and scheduling, work breakdown structure, operational planning, and shop floor planning.

Supply Chain Management (SCM)

SCM apprentices will spend time as a Buyer where they will be tasked with developing and managing purchase orders as well as building relationships with suppliers for both Navy contract work and purchasing for various areas in the company (Operations, Facilities and Maintenance, Construction, Manufacturing, etc.). Apprentices will also gain experience in the compliance office where they will focus on Purchasing, Property and Material Management, Accounting Systems. SCM Apprentices will also learn about the storage and movement of material, and the practices, procedures and requirements associated with material management. This experience is gained by job rotations in various shipyard warehouses, storage facilities and working very closely with the company’s transportation department. Apprentices complete this program as Buyers for the company.


Surveyors perform comprehensive industrial measurement surveys of the ship, its systems, and components. Technicians use metrology equipment for precision setting, alignment, and dimensional verification of structures, weapons systems, machinery, and propulsion systems. Electronic Accuracy Control Plans are used to predict and reduce the variability of fabricated, machined and assembled products through the various stages of the shipbuilding and manufacturing processes.

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