Apprentice Program










In 2004, Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI) established an apprenticeship program to develop the next generation of shipyard skilled workers and leaders. This three year time based competency program takes candidates with little or no experience and trains them to be multi-skilled employees that can perform successfully in a competitive market and participate in the future success of Philly Shipyard.

The program consists of classroom training plus time performing the duties of their trade, for example through scheduled job rotations. Classroom training includes both lessons in a classroom setting and an independent learning environment. The program is accredited by the State of Pennsylvania and 100% of the cost of related instruction is paid for by PSI.



PSI is currently seeking talented applicants for its apprenticeship training program! You will learn all the welding skills needed to successfully contribute to the construction and repair of commercial and government ships through a mix of classroom, online, and hands on training.

This is an exciting moment for PSI as we embark on our first government construction project – the National Security Multi-Mission Vessels (NSMV) program – which includes four ships destined for the U.S. maritime academies.

From day one, an apprentice at PSI is a full-time employee and a member of the shipbuilding family. You must be 18 years of age or older with a high school diploma or GED and the ability to meet all physical requirements associated with the job.

Application Information

  • Pick-Up: In-person only

    • Wednesday, February 3 through Friday, February 5 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

      • Main Security Gate – 2100 Kitty Hawk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19112

    • Saturday, February 6 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

      • Training Academy – 1901 Kitty Hawk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19112

    • Monday, February 8 through Tuesday, February 9 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

      • Main Security Gate – 2100 Kitty Hawk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19112

  • Return: In-person drop-off

    • By Friday, February 26

      • Main Security Gate – 2100 Kitty Hawk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19112

      • Please mark application package with “Attn: Megan Heileman”

  • Enclosure: Two letters of recommendation, copy of diploma or GED, and application fee of $60 in money order (no cash or checks).

    Once the application has been submitted, you will be invited to take a pre-employment aptitude assessment, currently scheduled for Saturday, March 13, 2021. The test will cover basic combination skills and mechanical aptitude. Interviews will be based on assessment scores. The estimated start of the apprenticeship is Monday, April 5, 2021.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Megan Heileman at