Pearl Harbor shipyard to hire engineers, apprentices

The Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard recently held a job fair to help find engineers and apprentices.

In anticipation of a number of its older workers retiring in the next few years, the shipyard is hoping to bring on about 150 new employees, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

The Pearl Harbor Apprenticeship and Engineering Career Fair was held to find workers to help services the Pacific Fleet’s ships and submarines. About 90 percent of the work at the yard is on submarines.

According to the news source, apprentices will go through a four-year work and study program at Honolulu Community College and the shipyard. Workers at the shipyard who started as apprentices can earn as much as $140,000 per year if they reach a senior management position, reports the news provider.

The naval yard is the largest industrial employer in the state, with a 4,800 person workforce comprised of both civilians and military personnel.

The Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard was officially created in 1908 by an act of Congress, but the area had been informally used by ships for nearly 100 years by that point.