Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard plans to hire 150 apprentices, engineering personnel

Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Public Affairs

In tough economic times, Pearl Harbor N a v a l Shipyard is providing career opportunities to thousands of men and women here in Hawaii. By the end of the year, the shipyard plans to add about 150 more employees to its nearly 5,000-member workforce.

The shipyard needs to fill openings for at least 100 apprentices and roughly 50 engineer, engineering support and various other positions to help carry out its vital mission of repairing and maintaining U.S. Navy ships and submarines.

As part of the hiring effort, the shipyard will hold a career fair from 8 a.m. to noon March 26 at Honolulu Community College (HCC), 874 Dillingham Blvd. in Honolulu.

Representatives from 18 trades and the engineering department will set up displays at the career fair and be on hand to answer questions about their occupations. Human resources personnel will also be present.

Individuals hired as apprentices will begin their employment in January 2012. Apprenticeships are four-year, work-study programs that pay trainees while they earn an associate’s degree in applied science from HCC and learn a trade on the job. The average starting pay is $19 an hour. At the end of four years, apprentice program graduates will earn $28 or more an hour.

Eligible applicants must be at least 18 years old by Jan. 15, 2012, U.S. citizens, and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Applicants must pass a physical exam, academic skills test and be able to obtain a security clearance. Males must be registered with the Selective Service System. Engineering positions available include naval architects, and mechanical, structural, welding, electrical and nuclear engineers. Engineering support positions include physical science technicians, engineering technicians and equipment specialists. The starting pay for engineers ranges from $45,000 to $68,000 a year, depending on their qualifications.

Engineer development opportunities include full-time positions as well as two-year paid internships. These internships could result in the intern being hired on a full-time basis.

Applications will only be accepted online. Apply for apprenticeships from March 28 to April 9 (Eastern Daylight Savings Time) at Apply for engineering positions at

For those without computer access, computers are available at HCC and Work Links Centers on Oahu and One-Stop Job Centers on the neighbor islands.

For more information about the shipyard, visit rds/pearl. For more information about shipyard career opportunities, visit rds/pearl/phnsy/Careers.

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