We Invest In YOU

Colonna’s Shipyard, Inc’s Apprentice Program provides employment while learning a skilled trade under the guidance of some of the most experienced craftspeople in the industry. With hands-on, one-on-one training you will get the help and guidance that is needed to become a leader in whichever field that you choose.

We will invest in your training and development, and provide you with the technical skills you'll need to be successful in your respective trade. Our family  will also provide you with the broader skills to help you succeed throughout your career. Here at Colonna's Shipyard you are not just a number-you have a name and are an important part of our family.



Earn While You Learn

If you are looking for hands on experience in the trade's field while at the same time earning class credits and getting paid-look no further than Colonna's Shipyard.

Our Apprentice Program is a registered four year program that combines on the job training with college and trade classes. Use your GI bill to help pay for your classes while earning a full time wage. Apprentices are employed full-time by Colonna’s Shipyard, Inc and earn a competitive wage while advancing to the journeyman level. We have partnered with Tidewater Community College to provide our apprentices with classroom instruction.  Apprentices graduate with a Certificate in Maritime Technologies or an Associate of Applied Science degree from Tidewater Community College.



-18 years of age or older

-Have a high school diploma or GED certification

-Demonstrate a reasonable degree of mechanical, math, and verbal aptitude

-Pass a physical examination completed by company physician

-Physically able to perform the essential duties of the trade requested or assigned

-Complete Tidewater Community College’s placement test






-Fabrication Welder



-Rigger/Crane Operator

-Inside Machinist

-Outside Machinist

-Maintenance Mechanic

-QA Inspector

-Dock Master

Take The First Step

We take pride in your development and provide you with the technical skills you will need to be successful in your career.




Applicants must complete (in order) the following things:  All required documentation must be submitted together. Separate submissions will not be accepted and will be considered incomplete.


1. Virginia Placement Test Scores from Tidewater Community College

(Must test into college level courses)

2. Copy of High School diploma or GED

3. Copy of College Transcripts

4. Apprenticeship Employment Application


Placement test locations can be found on TCC website at www.tcc.edu. It is best to call to schedule an appointment to take these tests.


If you have any questions regarding your application, please email: apprentice@colonnaship.com



Colonna's Shipyard, Inc. established a formal Apprentice Program in 1986. Since then, many apprentices have graduated and pursued careers in the shipyard in their respective trades or management positions. One of Colonna’s most valuable assets is its skilled workforce representing the full spectrum of marine trades including highly skilled welders, shipfitters, electricians, pipefitters, inside and outside machinists, riggers, painters, and dockmasters. Colonna’s employs more than 500 people and enjoys an exceptionally cooperative team relationship among its employees.


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