General Dynamics - Bath Iron Works

Apprenticeship Program

Location US-ME-Bath
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Job Description

Apprenticeship is an educational and career opportunity unlike any other, and is often equated to as a $250,000 scholarship. We offer high quality, comprehensive apprenticeship opportunities for highly motivated students interested in getting a college degree while launching into a shipbuilding career. Since 1950, the BIW Apprentice Program has produced over 1,200 graduates in support of the operational needs of Bath Iron Works. Every day, our apprentices push new boundaries of achievement and explore new opportunities in a complex and challenging workplace. Come with us and earn while you learn, and gain the pride that comes with building ships for the United States Navy.

The program combines both academic and on-the-job training that, upon completion, provides coursework leading to an Associate of Science degree from Maine Maritime Academy, a Certificate of Apprenticeship from the State of Maine and a diploma signifying graduation from the prestigious BIW Apprentice Program.

Our current apprenticeship offerings are in the following occupational areas, however, upon completion you will be positioned well for advancement into a variety of professional occupations.

  • Carpenter
  • Marine Electrician
  • Shipfitter
  • Machinist
  • Outside Machinist
  • Tinsmith
  • Pipefitter
  • Welder

Required/Preferred Education/Training

To be considered for BIW’s apprenticeship program, applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time of hire
  • Have a high school education or equivalent (GED)
  • Demonstrate college readiness in reading, writing, and mathematics. College readiness is measured through the ACCUPLACER test administered through the Southern Maine Community College’s Midcoast Campus located in Brunswick, ME.


Note: Only candidates that meet the minimum requirements will receive communication with further instructions regarding taking the ACCUPLACER test and submitting scores. For more information on the test please visit  
Applicants will be required to take the test through SMCC’s Midcoast Campus located in Brunswick, ME.

Required/Preferred Experience

While relevant work experience is preferred, the applicant must be able to meet the physical requirements of the job (e.g. able to use hand tools, pneumatic tools and able to wear a respirator).


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