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Shipyard Trades Apprenticeship Program and Opportunity to earn MGCCC Certificate & AAS Degree with Ingalls Apprentice School in Pascagoula, MS

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Established in 1952, the Ingalls Apprentice School of Ingalls Shipbuilding is housed in the Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime Training Academy in Pascagoula, Mississippi and the school has partnered with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) to award associate degree. The academy is a 70,000 square-foot facility which features 24 classrooms, three computer labs, a library, a bookstore, 26 offices/conference rooms and several state-of-the-art craft labs for students to practice the various shipyard trades.

The Apprentice School has produced more than 4,000 graduates in support of Ingalls’ operational needs. The program involves comprehensive two- to four-year curriculum for students interested in shipbuilding careers. More than 1,500 apprentice alumnae fill approximately 50 different types of jobs at Ingalls, from pipe welders to senior executives.

Training at the Ingalls Apprentice School is designed to provide an opportunity for young men and women to master one of the crafts of shipbuilding. The regular indentured apprentice programs consist of well-balanced curriculum of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction. Following successful completion of the program, the apprentice is promoted to the status of journeyman.

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Apprentice Training Programs


Ingalls Apprentice Programs

400 to 600 apprentices trained in 13 different program areas and who are co-enrolled as both students at MGCCC and in the Ingalls Apprenticeship Program. A person who has completed an approved apprenticeship program may receive 36 semester hours of credit toward the MGCCC Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Education (AASOE) (Maritime Technology) degree.

  • Boilermaker: Boilermakers learn to use multiple tools, machines, and blueprints when they become members of the boilermaker team. Their job tasks involve layout, fitting, tack welding, service burning, and metal grinding. A boilermaker fits the plates and shapes that make up the ship structure.
  • Carpenter: Carpenters in the shipbuilding environment are responsible for scaffold erection and removal; providing temporary flooring of ship’s compartments and suspended platforms; installing permanent and temporary ladders and handrails; and, more.
  • Electrician: Electricians master the techniques involved in the layout, installation, hookup and testing of every electrical system aboard ship. As today’s modern warship becomes more dependent upon its technological infrastructure, the skill and expertise of the electricians tasked with its construction is of vital importance.
  • Inside Machinist: Inside Machinists are skilled in operating the different machines and tools used in a typical machine shop. The inside machinist is taught the basic principles of each machine and masters the techniques for cutting tools, adjustments, measurements, speeds, feeds and how to apply them in each process. In addition, the inside machinist will learn how to operate a computer numerical control machine known as the CNC machine.
  • Insulator: Insulators begin their careers with the Ingalls family in the pipe insulator apprentice program mastering proper insulating techniques for different types of pipe and ventilation systems aboard ships.
  • Joiner: Joiners are skilled craftsmen who working with their hands. Joiner apprentices master the techniques required to install furniture, join bulkheads, and finish the living quarters on the naval vessels.
  • Outside Machinist: Outside Machinists are skilled in the installation of propulsion machinery, sea valves, steering gear, anchor handling equipment, elevators, pumps, ventilation fans, cooling coils, refrigeration units, compressors, weapons systems, remote operators, radars and antennas.
  • Pipefitter: Pipefitters perform some of the most precise work in the shipbuilding industry due to the large amount of piping required to be installed in a limited amount of space aboard naval vessels. Pipefitters work in all phases of ship construction and must install many complex piping systems. Pipefitters are trained in the fundamental skills and techniques of piping fabrication, installation, inspection and testing. Pipefitters also become expert blueprint readers.
  • Painter: Painters are trained as experts in the painting processes, from proper preparation techniques to the ever-changing weather conditions such as dew points and relative humidity.
  • Pipe Welders: Pipe welders in shipbuilding are required to weld more types of metal in more types of positions than any other pipe welders. Pipe welder apprentices are trained in the fundamental skills of blueprint reading, burning and welding. Pipe welders become certified with the U.S. Navy to use the SMAW (stick welding) and GTAW (tig welding) processes for various types of material. Ingalls pipe welders are required to become expert “mirror welders”.
  • Rigger: The rigger apprentice is trained on the proper hand signals involved in heavy lifts. Riggers must also be able to calculate the weight factors and angles used in the proper lifting and transferring of those heavy loads. They are responsible for installing the safety nets, anchor chains, elevator cables, and mooring ropes onboard the ships and for line handling of the cables and ropes when docking or undocking the ships.
  • Sheetmetal: Sheetmetal workers are essential to the shipbuilding team. The sheetmetal apprentice explores the trade of ventilation and air conditioner systems consisting of fabricating air ducts, and using various gauges of steel, stainless steel, and aluminum.
  • Welder: Welders learn proper welding procedures, processes and how to prepare various types of AC and DC electric arc welding equipment.

MGCCC Maritime Technology Apprentice

Apprentice Certificate (30 credits) and Apprentice Associate of Applied Science Degree (30 credits) programs

  • Carpenter
  • Coatings
  • Electrical Apprentice
  • Inside Machinist
  • Joiner
  • Outside Machinist
  • Pipe Fitter
  • Pipe Welder
  • Rigger
  • Sheet Metal
  • Shipfitter
  • Welder 

LAST UPDATED ON Sep 29, 2018

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