The SMART Center aims to help build a skilled maritime and transportation workforce by facilitating the development and use of apprenticeships and partnerships between industry and educational professionals. Included here is information for students about how to get started in an apprenticeship, and for educators and industry in building an apprenticeship program.
Are you interested in an apprenticeship program in maritime and transportation technologies? There are a number ofopportunities available both in shipyards and at sea. Examples of shipyard apprenticeship positions include rigger, shipwright, machinist, electrician, pipefitter and more. At sea, apprentices can learn the skills of an able seaman, deckhand, steward, and engineering, just to name a few. Find a program near you by visiting our list of apprenticeship programs in maritime and transportation technology.
- Select a trade/occupation for which you have an aptitude or some previous experience.
- Find out if you meet the minimum qualifications for that occupation.
- Decide whether you can work under the required job conditions, which may be hazardous, dirty, uncomfortable or otherwise unpleasant.
- Apply for an apprenticeship either directly to an employer in the occupations, the appropriate union, your state’s workforce development department, or the college or school sponsoring the program.
- Take aptitude or other tests where required.
- If the apprenticeship committee has a waiting list of applicants, decide whether you’re interested enough to wait for an opening, or whether you should seek another option.
Educators and Administrators
If you are interested in starting an apprenticeship program at your school or organization, contact the SMART Center for more information.
If you are an industry representative looking to connect with skilled technicians by creating an apprenticeship program, contact the SMART Center for more information.