The Maine Community College System is partnering with Bath Iron Works to deliver technical training to as many as 90 people interested in being welders and manufacturing technicians.
Those who successfully complete the programs will be interviewed for jobs at BIW, with additional job-specific training provided to those who are hired.
Dan Belyea, MCCS interim director of workforce training, says BIW has a number of people who are getting to retirement age.
“This is a good opportunity for us to provide a skilled workforce for an employer that is employing over 5,700 folks at the yard,” he says.
Training will be provided for up to 30 welders and up to 60 manufacturing technicians who will get introductory training about such skills as shipfitting, pipefitting and general labor trades.
The 120-hour classes are scheduled to begin in January and will take place at SMCC’s Midcoast Campus in Brunswick.