The Virginia Ship Repair Association’s Marine Trade Training Program is designed to help you get a head-start on a rewarding career in the Ship Repair Industry.
Virginia's Ship Repairers ensure our Navy & commercial fleet operate at maximum readiness. Ships entering the Port of Virginia are transporting goods to and from the far reaches of the globe, while Navy ships leave Hampton Roads to defend our freedom all around the world. The hard-working men and women who maintain and modernize these vessels are pivotal to the nation's economy and security.
WITH THOUSANDS OF HIGH-PAYING CAREERS OFFERING GREAT BENEFITS, THE SHIP REPAIR INDUSTRY IS LOOKING FOR PROUD, PASSIONATE, AND PATRIOTIC INDIVIDUALS TO BECOME A PART OF THE STRENGTH BEHIND THE FLEET.
With course offerings in coatings, electrical, outside machinist, pipefitting, sheet metal, and welding, the Marine Trade Training program offers entry-level skills needed to begin the journey to a fulfilling career.
CHALLENGING? YES. REWARDING? DEFINITELY.
Applicants must be selected by a VSRA Member Company to participate in the Marine Trade Training Program. First, you’ll complete your information form and WorkKeys Assessment, and input the information on this website. Once selected, you will be contact by someone from the Virginia Ship Repair Association to arrange an interview. You’ll then be directed to enroll in one of our courses at a local Community College. There, you’ll pay your $250 tuition fee. Once you successfully complete the course and are hired by a VSRA Member Company, you’ll have to meet their short-term employment requirements, at which time the $250 will be refunded to you!
Questions? Contact us at PreHire@VirginiaShipRepair.org!
Welders harness intense heat to fabricate and put together metal parts which are critical to the structure of a ship. If you’re detailed, focused, and interested in working with a wide variety of different materials, welding may be the future you’re looking for!Read more
Pipefitters must be able to read and interpret drawings in order to install and assemble pipe systems on-board vessels. These pipe systems carry a variety of substances which are critical to the safe operation of any ship!Read more
Coatings protect all surfaces of a ship from rust and corrosion, including the underwater portion! Marine Painters must learn to apply the correct types of coatings to protect both the ship and the environment.Read more
Marine Electricians install and repair wiring, fixtures, and equipment for electrical services both on-board ships and in facilities using blueprints and wiring diagrams!Read more
An Outside Machinist has one of the most challenge jobs in a shipyard! Outside Machinists manufacture, install and repair equipment on-board vessels.Read more
Sheet Metal workers fabricate, assemble, and install a wide variety of sheet metal components on both Navy & commercial vessels!Read more
Ship Repairers take great pride in the work they do to ensure the country’s commercial and Navy fleet operates at maximum readiness. As a backbone to the nation’s defense, Ship Repairers must be safe and secure.
Prospective Marine Trade Training Students must meet the following minimum criteria:
This course provides the skills necessary for entry-level employment in the Ship Repair industry. However, completion of the course does not guarantee an offer of employment. Individual employers may have additional requirements that must be met prior to entry into MTT courses. If you have questions, please contact us at PreHire@VirginiaShipRepair.org.