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Pre-Apprentice and Apprentice to Various Trades
NBBB has been building boats on beautiful Whidbey Island since 1964. In Freeland, WA we produce state-of-the-art vessels; tugs, ferries, fire boats, fishing vessels, barges, dinner boats, along with many other sophisticated ships. We lead in adopting innovative marine technology to serve our customers' needs.
NBBB currently sponsors five approved state programs; Marine Pipefitters, Marine Painters, Machinery Assemblers, Production Welders, and Ship fitter/fabricators. In late 2017, NBBB was awarded significant grant funding from state and federal sources that it is now using to accelerate the growth of its apprentice programs, including acquiring equipment that will improve the learning experience for its apprentices. NBBB is investing in quality and accomplished instructors, new training equipment, new curriculum and expanded training resources for the existing five apprenticeships and two apprentice programs that will soon be certified. We are seeking candidates to fill our many Pre-Apprentice and Apprentice opportunities in our various trades.
NBBB’s Apprenticeship program develops a sustainable core workforce of journeypersons with the full body of on-the-job and trade knowledge necessary to fill vital workforce gaps. Our Apprenticeships provide employment, education and training of technical skills under the guidance of experienced journeyman and technical experts. NBBB’s programs and apprentices are registered with the State of Washington, which is recognized by the U.S Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.
Our structured program provides thoughtful opportunities for each apprentice to learn all the phases of a selected craft. This is done by focused tracking of assignments and classroom instruction that enables the apprentice to learn and demonstrate competence in the various job assignments within the particular trade. Our classroom curriculum meets the rigorous requirements of State of Washington Department of Labor & Industries. These college level classes are generally held on site after or before the apprentice’s regular paid work hours. Classroom hours are unpaid and on the apprentice’s own time. A normal academic load is about three hours of classroom instruction per week. Apprentices are required to maintain minimum cumulative average of 80% and failure of any course will result in removal from the program. Homework is assigned in each class and it is the responsibility of the apprentice to complete the assignments outside the normal workday.
To Apply: Submit completed application form online via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via USPS to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, Attn: Human Resources. PO Box 580, Freeland, WA 98249. NBBB's application form is available for download by clicking here.
NBBB posts and accepts applications for apprenticeship through WorkSource
Those desiring to be considered should apply per the instruction on the NBBB Careers Site or through WorkSource.
NBBB IS A BIG ADVOCATE OF THE TECHNICAL SCHOOL and COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM
Below is a list of schools who have successfully placed graduates in an NBBB pre-apprentice positions or who have proven effective in preparing their students for success in our apprenticeships:
- Skagit Valley Community College (Maritime Center of Excellence)
- Bellingham Technical College
- Seattle Central Community College
- Everett Community College
AJAC (Manufacturing Academy)