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Pearl Harbor Shipyard seeks 100 for apprenticeship program

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:46 a.m. HST, May 13, 2013

Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard said it is seeking to fill about 100 apprenticeship jobs. Those hired for the new class will begin their employment in January, with an average starting pay of $19 an hour, the shipyard said.

At the end of four years, apprentice program graduates earn $28 or more an hour after receiving a minimum of 7,200 hours of on-the-job training, trade theory and academic study.

Beverly Higa, the apprentice program administrator, said the announcement could be made on usajobs.gov as early as Tuesday,

Applications must be submitted through the website. Higa recommends creating an account on the federal website as soon as possible.

“This way, they can set up their resume and other administrative info,” she said. “Once the application period begins, they will be better poised to apply before the deadline.”

The apprentice program is a partnership between the shipyard, the U.S. Department of Labor and Honolulu Community College.

Apprentices receive full-time employment, hands-on training and a tuition-free, applied trades degree from HCC.

The shipyard said a waiver was received from federal budget cuts to continue the program.

Competition for the positions is “extremely rigorous” starting with a qualifying exam that measures job readiness, the shipyard said. Applicants who do well on the exam are then scheduled for a personal interview. Applicants also will be required to pass a physical exam and be able to obtain a security clearance.

The shipyard is the largest industrial employer in the state with a combined civilian and military workforce of about 4,850.

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HD36 wrote:
Being that it takes an average of 6 private workers to support the salaries and benefits, including the cost of living allowance paychecks of Federal Workers, that means 600 workers taxes will go to government workers who put out nothing for the countries output.
on May 12,2013 | 10:01PM
BRock wrote:
And what is your point?
on May 12,2013 | 10:21PM
HD36 wrote:
Federal government jobs add to the $17 trillion dollar deficit. When interest rates go up 3% from their historical lows of 3%, it will be mathematically impossible for the government to pay jus the interest on the debt. At that point the government will have to make a choice. Either continue buying $85 billion bonds a month and lead us towards hyperinflation or layoff millions of government workers and cut social security, medicare and federal pensions, among others. Milton Freidman said the only way to cut deficits is to cut government spending. Every cent the government spends is a tax on the people either directly or through inflation. No politician would ever get elected proposing tax increases so inflation is the preffered way. You can go back 200 years to any country in the world and see a chart where expansion of the money supply correlates to inflation at a 100% ratio with lag times lasting only up to 3 years.
on May 13,2013 | 09:20AM
Mana07 wrote:
And what...is your output for the country?
on May 13,2013 | 05:24AM
IAmSane wrote:
He posts comments on the Internet like a real patriot, not that any of you freedom-hating sosialicts would understand.
on May 13,2013 | 08:10AM
HD36 wrote:
You're exactly right, the larger the government gets the less liberty citizens have.
on May 13,2013 | 09:32AM
IAmSane wrote:
Fighting big government, one comment at a time.
on May 13,2013 | 11:11AM
konakeoni99 wrote:
yeah HD36 you're making a real difference in the grand scheme of things. carry on
on May 13,2013 | 11:47AM
IAmSane wrote:
He is literally the Thomas Jefferson of the 21st century.
on May 13,2013 | 11:57AM
HD36 wrote:
Good question. I know I don't add to the deficit because I work in the private sector which is taxed to support the government through payroll taxes, social security taxes, corportate taxes, capital gains taxes, sales taxes, and many others. I don't recieve any entitlements in the form of government pensions, welfare, etc. I'm not in the wagon while others are pulling. I'm pulling the wagon, but the more government workers they hire, the heavier that wagon is getting.
on May 13,2013 | 09:31AM
false wrote:
Fabulous! One of the best opportunities for Hawai`i's graduates.
on May 13,2013 | 05:38AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Yup, my father got his start there, and it diserved him well. A great start for any young person willing to study and work hard.
on May 13,2013 | 06:14AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Another mistake! Supposed to be "served" not diserved.
on May 13,2013 | 06:15AM
nippy68 wrote:
forget it.....if you dont have a family member working at pearl harbor then dont waste your time/money paying for the prep testing and taking the test.
on May 13,2013 | 06:09AM
mrluke wrote:
Sour Grapes from someone who couldn't make the program?
on May 13,2013 | 07:38AM
HD36 wrote:
Who wouldn't want to get a cost of living allowance paycheck in addition to your regular salary? Who wouldn't want lifetime job security? Why do the same work in the private sector when you get paid almost twice as much for the Feds?
on May 13,2013 | 09:35AM
konakeoni99 wrote:
Shipyard workers are Wage Grade employees............they don't get COLA As far as private sector goes................BAE Hawaii doesn't do much work on submarines and they sure as hell don't do Nuclear work.
on May 13,2013 | 09:43AM
HD36 wrote:
You're right those workers are public union workers who call in sick during the week and make it up on the weekends so they get paid overtime. It's no suprise their average pay is over $150k a year.
on May 13,2013 | 09:58AM
konakeoni99 wrote:
So $28 an hour equals $150K a year? Where are you getting these numbers and these facts from?
on May 13,2013 | 10:58AM
IAmSane wrote:
This job is a little over $30K starting, and a little over $50K after four years. Trust me on the math. I'm Asian.
on May 13,2013 | 11:15AM
HD36 wrote:
Ok maybe you're right. I got the info from a GS-14 worker who does the budgets. Maybe they gotta work there for 15 years before they get that kind of pay, but this person told me they make more money than a GS-14 because of the overtime clause in their public union contract.
on May 13,2013 | 02:59PM
konakeoni99 wrote:
more like from someone that couldn't pass the entrance exam or is a sh*tty interviewee
on May 13,2013 | 11:45AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
What happened to sequestration?
on May 13,2013 | 08:22AM
808BigE wrote:
I know right? Clearly budget cuts only last 2 months in this country
on May 13,2013 | 08:50AM
konakeoni99 wrote:
do you not pay attention to the news? sequestratoin in DOD is in full effect multiple programs have had their budgets slashed. the gyms on bases across the country have had to cut their operating hours down severely. for example the gyms at pearl harbor now close at 8:30pm where before they were open until 10pm at night the library at Hickam was open until 9pm Monday thru Thursday but now is only open to operate at only 40 hours per week repair projets on Navy vessels have been postponed or otherwise shortened and will impact military readiness
on May 14,2013 | 08:00AM
konakeoni99 wrote:
"The shipyard said a waiver was received from federal budget cuts to continue the program." That's what I read.
on May 13,2013 | 09:44AM
serious wrote:
Yes, I caught that also, they got a waiver--just like the Congressmen got from the FAA on airline delays when they were ready to go on vacation. Too bad we don't have anyone on our congressional delegation to get some waivers--Jones Act? A tariff on the backs of the citizens of Hawaii????
on May 13,2013 | 09:44AM
konakeoni99 wrote:
the butthurt runs freely from HD36
on May 13,2013 | 11:46AM
HD36 wrote:
As far as I know we still have freedom of speech. I guess you want massive inflation as they print the dollar into oblivion without cutting government spending in any meaningful way.
on May 13,2013 | 08:50PM
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