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Sept. 5 - Trident Refit Preps to Hire Apprentices; College Testing First Step in Joining Kings Bay Workforce

Special to the Brunswick Business Journal

The Trident Refit Facility officials announce the start of college testing in preparation for its pending 2014 Apprenticeship Program.
TRIREFFAC is a tenant command at Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay and is responsible for providing quality maintenance, repair and modernization for sustaining a superior global submarine force.

The apprenticeship program is a four-year registered, Department of Labor and Department of the Navy Program that combines college-level courses at Altamaha Technical College, along with trade theory classes and on-the-job work experience at TRIREFFAC.

Apprentices earn a competitive wage and are eligible for benefits, which include vacation, medical and retirement. Electricians, pipe fitters, machinists, equipment mechanics, welders and electronics mechanics are a few examples of the trades that may be available.

“About a third of the workforce is retirement eligible,” said Capt. Larry Hill, TRIREFFAC Kings Bay commanding officer. “So we have to replace that base of knowledge as expert craftsmen and technicians take their place. A lot of our first line supervisors were apprentices themselves six to ten years ago and in six to ten years, these apprentices will move up to first line supervisors.”

In preparation to apply for the program, applicants must complete the COMPASS test at Altamaha Technical College

Testing must be completed before applying for the program and can be taken at the Camden, Brunswick or Jesup branch campuses of Altamaha Technical College.

Interested applicants are urged to register for these tests now as available seats are expected to fill quickly.

To register for the tests, applicants should contact Altamaha Technical College, Camden Campus at (912) 510-3327.
All academic costs in the apprenticeship program are paid in full by both the HOPE Grant and the facility, provided students receive a grade of “C” or higher at class completion.

Eligibility requirements for the program are:

  •  All applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  •  Applicants should reside in the Georgia counties of Camden, Charlton, Wayne, Brantley, Ware, McIntosh, or Glynn or in Nassau County in Florida.

Applicants must be able to:

  • Pass a physical examination prior to employment.
  • Pass a full criminal history background investigation. 
  • Enroll and complete the COMPASS test with Altamaha Technical College, Camden, Brunswick or Jesup Campuses.
  • Complete all testing prior to submitting a resume once the application period has been announced.

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