PDCCC offers shipyard electrical training

Published 9:33 pm Thursday, June 21, 2012

Applications are being accepted now for a new, three-week Marine Electrician Trainee program being offered by Paul D. Camp Community in cooperation with Newport News Shipbuilding.

The program is designed to prepare trainees to perform the basic marine electrician skills necessary to work safely in a shipyard industrial environment. Students will learn and practice basic electrical skills including understanding electrical terminology/principles, workplace safety, electrical safety, hand and power tools, wire ways, cable preparation, and electrical and equipment hook-ups.

Program participants must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years old, and there is a $250 tuition fee.

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“Candidates need not have any experience to get into this program,” said Randy Betz, PDCCC’s vice president of Workforce Development. “If they have the desire to learn and they also meet the program participation goals, this is the program for them. Newport News Shipbuilding is working to keep up with client demands, and I believe that Paul D. Camp Community College is the perfect partner to help them do that.”

Other schools participating in this program include Eastern Shore Community College Workforce Development, Rappahannock Community College Workforce Development, Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development and Tidewater Community College Workforce Development.

The program is expected to be very competitive. Those interested in participating can learn more at www.pdc.edu/workforce-development. Click on the “Courses” link, followed by the “Business/Industry” link, where you will find the Marine Electrician course.

For more information, call the Paul D. Camp Community College Workforce Development Center at 569-6050.