Oceaneering International Graduates Apprentice Class
One of the SMART Center's original partners in the Hampton Roads area - Oceaneering International - recently graduated its first class of registered apprentices in the company’s marine services division. The Oceaneering apprentices were able to earn academic credit for their required classroom-based technical instruction at Tidewater Community College (TCC) as a result of the SMART Center's work to create its ground-breaking SMART Maritime Technologies pathway featuring stackable credentials.
The eight Oceaneering apprentice graduates completed 8,000 hours of on-the-job training and a total of 576 hours of classroom instruction over four years in a wide variety of critical shipbuilding and repair technical fields including welding, inside and outside machinery, pipefitting, shipfitting and industrial engineering. Through the program the apprentice graduates gained critical competencies such as blueprint reading, technical writing, safety and teamwork under the supervision of a master craftsman.
In addition to learning critically-needed skills, the Oceaneering apprentices earned a portable, nationally-recognized Journeyman’s Certificate from the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, a Certificate in Maritime Technologies from TCC, and progressive wage increases for their demonstrated competencies.
"Registered apprenticeship is a proven, successful model of workforce development," said Guy St. John, Oceaneering International apprenticeship program manager. "Apprentices are Oceaneering employees who earn a salary and benefits while gaining critical skills and credentials; the advantage for our company is that we are training our next generation of leaders." Watch the SMART Center's latest video featuring the Oceaneering apprentice graduates and their families sharing what the program has meant to them.
Congratulations apprentice graduates!