VIRGINIA SHIP REPAIR FOUNDATION

Marine Trade Training Program

The Virginia Ship Repair Association’s Marine Trade Training Program is designed to help you get a head-start on a rewarding career in the Ship Repair Industry.

Virginia's Ship Repairers ensure our Navy & commercial fleet operate at maximum readiness. Ships entering the Port of Virginia are transporting goods to and from the far reaches of the globe, while Navy ships leave Hampton Roads to defend our freedom all around the world. The hard-working men and women who maintain and modernize these vessels are pivotal to the nation's economy and security.

WITH THOUSANDS OF HIGH-PAYING CAREERS OFFERING GREAT BENEFITS, THE SHIP REPAIR INDUSTRY IS LOOKING FOR PROUD, PASSIONATE, AND PATRIOTIC INDIVIDUALS TO BECOME A PART OF THE STRENGTH BEHIND THE FLEET.

With course offerings in coatings, electrical, outside machinist, pipefitting, sheet metal, and welding, the Marine Trade Training program offers entry-level skills needed to begin the journey to a fulfilling career.

CHALLENGING? YES. REWARDING? DEFINITELY.

HOW IT WORKS:

Applicants must be selected by a VSRA Member Company to participate in the Marine Trade Training Program. First, you’ll complete your information form and WorkKeys Assessment, and input the information on this website. Once selected, you will be contact by someone from the Virginia Ship Repair Association to arrange an interview. You’ll then be directed to enroll in one of our courses at a local Community College. There, you’ll pay your $250 tuition fee. Once you successfully complete the course and are hired by a VSRA Member Company, you’ll have to meet their short-term employment requirements, at which time the $250 will be refunded to you!

Questions? Contact us at PreHire@VirginiaShipRepair.org!

Step #1:

Complete your Pre-Hire Course Information Form

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Step #2:

Print the WorkKeys Access form and schedule your WorkKeys Assessment

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Step #3:

Enter your CRC WorkKeys Scores

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Our Courses

WELDING

Welders harness intense heat to fabricate and put together metal parts which are critical to the structure of a ship. If you’re detailed, focused, and interested in working with a wide variety of different materials, welding may be the future you’re looking for!

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PIPEFITTING

Pipefitters must be able to read and interpret drawings in order to install and assemble pipe systems on-board vessels. These pipe systems carry a variety of substances which are critical to the safe operation of any ship!

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COATINGS

Coatings protect all surfaces of a ship from rust and corrosion, including the underwater portion! Marine Painters must learn to apply the correct types of coatings to protect both the ship and the environment.

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MARINE ELECTRICAL

Marine Electricians install and repair wiring, fixtures, and equipment for electrical services both on-board ships and in facilities using blueprints and wiring diagrams!

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OUTSIDE MACHINIST

An Outside Machinist has one of the most challenge jobs in a shipyard! Outside Machinists manufacture, install and repair equipment on-board vessels.

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SHEET METAL

Sheet Metal workers fabricate, assemble, and install a wide variety of sheet metal components on both Navy & commercial vessels!

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Marine Trade Training Course Enrollment Requirements

Ship Repairers take great pride in the work they do to ensure the country’s commercial and Navy fleet operates at maximum readiness. As a backbone to the nation’s defense, Ship Repairers must be safe and secure.

Prospective Marine Trade Training Students must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Drug Free: Applicants will be subject to a drug screening prior to enrolling in any MTT course.
  • Background Check: Applicants may also be asked to submit to a background check prior to entering the MTT program. Students exiting the program will need to qualify for security access in order to work in the Ship Repair & Shipbuilding industry.
  • At least 18-years old: Due to safety requirements, students must be at least 18 to enter the program.
  • Reliable Transportation: Attendance is mandatory throughout the program, so participants will need access to reliable transportation to get to and from class on time every day.
  • Citizenship: Due to government restrictions, this course is only open to United States Citizens

This course provides the skills necessary for entry-level employment in the Ship Repair industry. However, completion of the course does not guarantee an offer of employment. Individual employers may have additional requirements that must be met prior to entry into MTT courses. If you have questions, please contact us at PreHire@VirginiaShipRepair.org.

CLICK HERE to complete the online Information Form

CLICK HERE to print the CRC WorkKeys Access Form

CLICK HERE to enter your CRC WorkKeys Scores Online