BIW Apprentice School

Job ID Number
Bath, ME, US
Manufacturing and Production
Employment Type
Full Time
Business Unit
Bath Iron Works

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BIW Apprentice School


Req ID: 2022-3262
Type: Regular Full-Time
Remaining Positions: 60
Post End Date: 12/31/2022
Category: Manufacturing
Salary Grade: ..
Shift: 1st


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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 successful shipbuilding career ( Since 1950, the BIW Apprentice School has produced over 1,300 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 bachelors or masters degree. In addition to a college education, BIW Apprentices may receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship from the State of Maine and a diploma signifying graduation from the prestigious BIW Apprentice School.
Popular apprenticeship offerings are listed below. Apprentices are selected and hired to the program as vacancies occur. On-the-job training begins immediately after hire, while academic course work begins within the first six months of the apprenticeship. Upon completion, you will remain gainfully employed in your residing occupation. However, you will be positioned well for advancement into a variety of professional occupations needed throughout company.

Basic Programs

- Designer
- Planning Tech
- Surveyor
- Carpenter
- Marine Electrician
- Shipfitter
- Machinist
- Outside Machinist
- Tinsmith
- Pipefitter
- Welder
- Insulator
- Preservation Technician
- Rigger
- Safety Inspector
- Stage Builder
- Maintenance Electric & HVAC
- Maintenance Mechanic

Advanced Programs
- Advanced Waterfront Operations
- Accuracy Control

- Designer
- Production Planning
- Front Line Supervision
- Cost Analyst
- Marine Engineering
- Supply Chain Management
- Purchasing

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 well-established wrestling, track and field, and golf teams, our hope is to bring on basketball, and baseball in the coming years. If you are interested, please send an email to


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:
- Be at least 18 years of age at the time of hire
- Have a high school education or equivalent (GED)
- Submit official transcripts from all high schools and colleges attended within 90-days of applying
- Submit and demonstrate college readiness in reading, writing, and mathematics through taking the ACCUPLACER test at your local community college within 90-days of applying.

After submitting the initial on-line application, you will have 90-days to provide all supporting documentation e.g., high school and college transcripts, and your ACCUPLACER score. Further communication/emails will direct the applicant regarding how to take the ACCUPLACER and submit documents. The admissions staff reviews applications only after receiving all documentation.


Meeting the minimum requirements specified does not ensure selection into the program.

Supporting documentation (transcripts and ACCUPLACER scores) must be submitted within 90-days of submitting your application.

For more information about The BIW Apprentice School, please visit us at:

The ACCUPLACER test is administered at most local community colleges throughout the United States. For those who are local to BIW, a popular location is SMCCs Midcoast Campus located in Brunswick, ME. However, if you live in another state and your local community college offers a different placement test, we may accept them as a replacement to the ACCUPLACER. For more information on the test please visit


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).


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General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is a full service shipyard specializing in the design, building and support of complex surface combatants for the U.S. Navy.

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