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 being launched into a shipbuilding career. Since 1950, the BIW Apprentice School has produced over 1,250 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 at a minimum coursework leading to an Associate of Science degree, but could also lead to a full bachelor’s or master’s degree. In addition to a college education, BIW Apprentices will also receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship from the State of Maine and a diploma signifying graduation from the prestigious BIW Apprentice School.
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.
A strong academic background is preferred! Applicants are encouraged to include a resume (Word or PDF) outlining all academic, training and extra curricular accomplishments!
To be considered for the BIW Apprentice School, applicants must:
Note: Selected 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 https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/
Most community colleges around the country offer the test. Please contact your local college for testing locations and hours. For those who are local to BIW, a popular location is SMCC’s Midcoast Campus located in Brunswick, ME.
While a strong academic background 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).
Intercollegiate Athletics at The BIW Apprentice School?
The intercollegiate athletic program provides apprentices with an opportunity to participate in college athletics at the Division III level in a variety of varsity sports. While we currently have a well-established men’s and women’s wrestling team, our hope is to bring on basketball, baseball, and golf in the coming years. If you are insterested, please send an email to BIWRA@gdbiw.com