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The Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF) Apprentice Program is a successful partnership between the Shipyard, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Honolulu Community College (HCC). Graduating Apprentices earn an Associate’s Degree in Applied Trades, and a certificate from the DOL. An overview of the program’s history follows:
TRADES: PHNSY & IMF supports the 27 trade occupations listed below. Openings in the trades vary from year to year. Hired apprentices are tested and assigned to the trade in which they will specialize.
ELIGIBILTY: All perspective candidates for the PHNSY & IMF Apprentice Program must:
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: What trades are offered for the apprentice program?
Students are selected for various blue-collar trades listed below:
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration: Installs, troubleshoots, maintains, and repairs air conditioning and refrigeration systems aboard submarines, surface crafts, and ashore to include, but not limited to chillers, refrigeration plants, dehumidifiers, and dehydrators. Fabricates temporary cooling manifolds to support repairs of shipboard systems. Accomplish vacuum and pressure tests of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration systems. Conducts operational testing of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration systems.
Electrician: Construct, remove/install, test, troubleshoot, maintain and repair various electrical wiring systems and components, electrical controls, electrically-operated equipment or instruments; light and heavy electrical machinery. Install, maintain and remove temporary electrical and casualty control systems. May be assigned to shop work, crane electrical work, surface craft, or submarine non-nuclear/nuclear electrical work.
Electronic Industrial Controls Mechanic: Provides a comprehensive equipment maintenance program to ensure support needs are continuously met. Performs periodic maintenance; uses the latest technology to troubleshoot, repair, align and test Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) equipment throughout the shipyard such as mills, lathes, electric discharge machines and water jet cutting machines. Uses schematic diagrams and various types of test equipment including oscilloscopes, multi-meters and integrated circuit testers.
Electronic Measurement Equipment Mechanic: Inspect, troubleshoot, repair, overhaul, modify, test, align, measure, and calibrate complex electrical/electronic/electro-mechanical/physical-dimensional/mechanical test instruments and equipment.
Electronics Mechanic: Install, troubleshoot, repair and test shipboard electronic equipment and systems including radar, sonar, fire control, communications, and radio. Manufacture, repair, and test various sonar transducers and arrays.
Fabric Worker: Plan, design, layout, construct, and install containments using clear PVC sheeting, herculite, and other flexible materials. Reupholster furniture, manufacture tool bags, banners, tents, leather articles, items of canvas, naugahyde, herculite and linen.
Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic: Maintain heavy mobile cranes and equipment. Repair and modify combustion powered heavy-duty vehicles and heavy mobile equipment such as portal, truck, and floating cranes. Disassemble, repair, and modify heavy-duty engines, transmissions, and heavy-duty drive and brake systems. Troubleshoot causes of malfunction, and determine the best repair methods on complex mechanical, pneumatic, and hydraulic control systems.
Industrial Equipment Mechanic: Overhaul, operate, repair, and perform operational maintenance and security checks on stationary equipment situated on various graving docks, floating docks, marine railways, and caissons. Equipment, maintained and operated, is located dockside or afloat. Equipment includes various types of pumps, flooding gates, flooding valves, capstans, winches, motor, and other related equipment needed to provide the necessary docking services.
Insulator: Measure, fabricate, remove and install insulation materials on steam turbines, distillation plants, refrigeration plants, ventilation ducts, and other submarine or surface craft piping and component systems to prevent heat loss, to minimize condensation, and to protect personnel from extreme temperatures.
Machinist: Manufacture and/or refurbish ship parts/components using machinery such as lathes, milling machines, boring machines, drilling presses, and computer numerical controlled machines. Disassemble, inspect, repair, machine, reassemble, and test components such as valves, compressors, shafting, pumps, and hydraulic equipment.
Marine Machinery Mechanic: Involves the use of the latest technology to install, remove, test, overhaul, and repair the main propulsion machinery, pumps, valves, steam turbines, engines, pumps, and propeller shafts on submarines and surface craft. Optically align and test steam/gas turbines, internal combustion engines, reduction gears, propeller shafts, pumps, valves, auxiliary engines, masts and antennas, torpedo tubes and associated ordnance equipment, and other shipboard components.
Metals Inspector: Perform Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) of welds and other components on surface craft and submarines. Use visual, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, eddy current, radiography, and ultrasonic-testing methods to inspect work accomplished by welders, shipfitters, pipefitters, riggers, marine machinery mechanics, and machinists. Inspect existing shipboard components to determine if repair or replacement is required due to wear and fatigue.
Painter-Blaster: Prepare surfaces for paints by sandblasting, and sanding. Apply paints, powder coating, or flame spray to preserve metal, wood, or sheet metal surfaces using paint brushes, spray pumps, and/or rollers.
Pipefitter: Remove, repair, install, test/flush, and silver braze piping to all propulsion, auxiliary, and weapons systems aboard submarines and surface craft. Manufacture, install, repair, maintain, and remove all ship-to-shore temporary piping services.
Plastic Fabricator: Remove, layout, manufacture, and reinstall hull insulation. Perform Portsmouth plug encapsulation and pre-pots using polyurethane. Apply Plastisol coating to various metal items. Various rubber applications. Remove, layout, and install sound vibration damping tiles. Fabricate acrylic and polycarbonate plastic sheets and round stock. Install laminate composites to wood and metal items. Work with high pressure laminates. Prep, layout, and install Terrazzo, vinyl tile, rubber matting, carpet, and ceramic tile flooring on decking. Build wooden molds, work platforms, stairs, crates, and boxes. Work with reinforced fiberglass objects using fiberglass cloth and epoxy resin.
Production Machinery Mechanic: Provides a comprehensive equipment maintenance program to ensure support needs are continuously met. Performs periodic maintenance, installs and removes shop equipment. Follows schematics diagrams/drawings to overhaul, troubleshoot, repair and test industrial plant equipment including mills, lathes, presses, compressors, generators and other wood working and metal forming/removing equipment. Equipment are powered by hydraulics, electricity, pneumatic, manual and other mechanical principles.
Rigger: Select, install, and use cables, ropes and other weight handling gear to lift, move and position heavy loads in crane and critical rigging operations. Use complex multi-point suspension techniques to maneuver over, under, and around obstacles by tilting, dipping and turning suspended loads. Other duties include the fabrication, installation, testing, maintenance, and repair of standing and running rigging, wire cable, or fiber rope articles such as slings, towing bridles, and wire rope nets, lines and centering gear to control all ship movements within the drydock.
Sheet Metal Mechanic: Manufacture, install, repair and modify complex ventilation systems, furniture, light gage bulkheads, lockers, and doors on surface craft, submarines, and in the shop. Removes, installs, maintains, and certifies temporary environmental control ventilation systems. Sketch and layout with an NX4 modeling system to program a numerically- controlled turret punch and plasma-cutting machine prior to manual forming. Manufacture various types of label plates using metal and plastic. Follows structural blueprints. Work with different types of metal including CRES, copper, monel, brass, steel and aluminum.
Shipfitter: Following blueprints, layout, fabricate, install, remove, and repair structural parts on Naval ships and support equipment. Utilizes similar principles as a carpenter while working with Welders to assemble various types of metal plates, beams, angles, and pipes. Shapes materials to conform to existing ship structures. Work may require use of heavy presses, saws, drill press, and assorted pneumatic and standard hand tools (hammer, wrenches, etc.).
Shipwright: Install, maintain, modify and remove all staging associated with ship work. Use transits and levels to establish working lines and reference points. Check vessel alignment during docking evolution. Construct docking blocks and shoring. Other work includes rough and finish woodwork, and building mock-ups.
Toolroom Mechanic: Assures the proper quality tools are available to allow workers to safely, efficiently and effectively accomplish assigned tasks. Performs periodic maintenance, overhauls, troubleshoots, repairs and tests hand held and portable power tools and mechanical/electrical equipment. Inspects and maintains personnel protective equipment such as respirators and fall protection gear. Employs shop's standard operating procedures and operates tool rooms to issue such equipment along with various hand tools and precision measuring equipment. Maintains record, reports and conducts periodic inventories.
Welder: Join and cut all types of industrial and marine metals using complex welding and thermal cutting processes during the overhaul, repair, and modernization of surface craft and submarines. Join metals using Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Laser Welding, and Submerged Arc Welding. Cut metals using oxygen/acetylene, plasma and carbon arcing.
Q: How do I apply for PHNSY & IMF’s Apprenticeship Program?
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Q: How can I determine if I submitted my resume correctly?
Log into Application Manager, click on the job announcement for which you applied and it will state “completed.”
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Q: What if I forgot my USAJOBS or Application Manager username and/or password?
On the login screen there is a link “forgot user name or password”. Click on the link and it will prompt you to submit your email address. Follow the directions and you will be able to obtain your username and/or password.
NOTE: The Human Resources Office (HRO) does not have access to your account; therefore, it is imperative that you keep this information for future use.
Q: Is a placement test required?
Each individual applying for PHNSY & IMF's Apprentice Program must take the OPM Wage Grade Performance Potential Assessment exam. The test will be scheduled after the application period closes.