(Via Ho’okele News)
Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Public Affairs
Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY&IMF) graduated 111 apprentices from its apprentice program in a ceremony held Aug. 15 at the Hickam Officer’s Club.
The graduating members, representing 22 shops and trades, each completed a four-year, full-time, paid apprenticeship that combined academic study with on-the-job work experience. The apprentices earned associate degrees from Honolulu Community College, as well as certification in their respective trades from the Navy and the U.S. Department of Labor. After the ceremony, graduates transitioned to “mechanic” or “journey worker” status at the shipyard.
“We congratulate all of you on completing your four-year journey as apprentices and we welcome the Class of 2014 as members of our shipyard ohana,” said Capt. Brian Osgood, shipyard commander. “As the future of the shipyard, we look to you to lead us in the continuing effort to modernize our facilities and drive innovative improvement to meet the growing needs of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.”
Hawaii State Gov. Neil Abercrombie was the featured guest speaker at the apprentice graduation ceremony. Shop 31 Machinist DonDee Reames delivered remarks on behalf of the apprentice class of 2014.
Eighteen graduates received outstanding craftsman awards from individual shops. Shop 56 Pipefitter Alden Kunimitsu was the recipient of the Outstanding Scholar Award from the Federal Managers Association’s Chapter 19. Plastic Fabricator Charles Mattson of Shop 64 was presented the Superior Craftsman Award by the shipyard’s National Association of Superintendents.
The first shipyard apprentice class graduated in 1924. Since then, more than 5,000 journey workers and future leaders have been graduated from the shipyard’s apprentice program.