Professional Development Program:

Marine Engineer

Professional Development Program:


The marine engineer apprenticeship, offered through The Apprentice School’s Professional Development Program, allows current apprentices* to gain on-the-job engineering experience in the manufacturing, construction, maintenance and overhaul of some of the most complex ships in the world while earning a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.

Marine engineer apprentices:

  • Complete two years’ on-the-job training in a shipbuilding discipline.
  • Complete three years’ on-the-job training in an advanced discipline.
  • Complete three years’ specialized engineering work rotations.
  • Earn a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University.

Marine engineer apprentices are full-time employees of Newport News Shipbuilding. Time spent in academic classes is generally part of an apprentice’s paid work week, resulting in a unique, specialized combination of on-the-job-training and related academic instruction.


To be considered for the Professional Development Program marine engineer apprenticeship, current apprentices must:

  • Demonstrate excellence in academic coursework, shipbuilding and advanced disciplines, attendance and aptitude as well as a personal interest in marine engineering.
  • Complete an apprenticeship in an advanced discipline with an Associate of Science in Engineering.
  • Be an honors graduate or have honors standing.