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Oceaneering Apprentice Welder in Chesapeake, Virginia

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Job ID15130 LocationChesapeake, Virginia

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Company Profile

Oceaneering is a global provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore energy industry. We develop products and services for use throughout the lifecycle of an offshore oilfield, from drilling to decommissioning. We operate the world's premier fleet of work class ROVs. Additionally, we are a leader in offshore oilfield maintenance services, umbilicals, subsea hardware, and tooling. We also use applied technology expertise to serve the defense, entertainment, material handling, aerospace, science, and renewable energy industries.

Our Marine Services Division has more than 30 years experience in providing full-service ship repair capabilities for the US Naval Vessels including submarines, surface ships and crafts and deep submergence systems. Operating from state-of-the-art facilities in Chesapeake, Virginia, we are certified in Submarine Safety (SUBSAFE) and Deep Submergence System Scope of Certification (DSS-DOC) repair activities, and specialize in the design, repair, maintenance, modification, and installation of hull, mechanical and electrical (HM&E) systems.

For more information please go to www.oceaneering.com and click on Products & Services, then click Marine Services Division (MSD).

Position Summary

The work as an Apprentice - Welder is learned in a practical way through a structured systematic program of on-the-job supervised work experience AND related instruction to supplement the on-the-job experience. This occupation requires manual, mechanical, or technical skills which require a minimum of 2000 hours of on-the-job work experience and recommended related instruction for each year of apprenticeship. The Apprentice Program takes four years to complete.

Duties & Responsibilities


Learning and conducting the repair, modification or overhaul various types of equipment or systems. You will assist in the set up and operation of portable machining tools or equipment. This job may involve heavy lifting, frequent stooping or bending and possible working assignments in overhead structures, confined spaces or beneath machinery. You must be able to learn, understand and perform the basic set up, adjustment, and operation of various welding equipment, grinding equipment, and hand tools used in the trade. Select welding filler material, joint design and proper heat ranges as directed by Technical Work Documents. You must learn and demonstrate the ability to perform job functions under the direct supervision of a Mentor or Senior Craftsman. You must develop a high level of critical thinking with reading comprehension.


  • Each apprentice must be on time for work, learn all work processes, complete all work assignments, and take initiative to ask appropriate questions.

  • Each apprentice must make every effort to become a well-qualified journeyperson.

  • Travel and/or overtime may be required.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Reporting Relationship

  • Directly reports to a Project Manager, Production Supervisor, or Department Manager or Supervisor.

  • Indirectly reports to the Apprentice Program Manager.



  • Attend Apprentice Orientation and submit/sign an Apprenticeship Agreement.

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Have a high school education (advanced math or vocational/technical skills are a plus)

  • Be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the job

  • Be able to obtain a Security Clearance

  • Take the Virginia Placement Test and have those result for the job interview

  • Take a knowledge and practical skills test prior to the job interview

  • Promote safety and quality workmanship as core ethics of everything you do

  • Attend class and be on time

  • Maintain a cumulative “B” average in your college classes

  • Observe good “housekeeping” habits

  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.

Working Conditions

This position is considered PRODUCTION/OUTDOOR WORK which is characterized as follows.

The shipyard/base/manufacturing work environment; the site may contain mobility barriers with uneven ground level and obstructed pathways. Climatic and environmental conditions at the job site will be indoor/outdoor climate with various temperatures and noise levels caused by tools, machinery, equipment, and etc.

Physical Activity/Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position is considered MEDIUM work.


  • Lift 20-50 pounds

  • Work in confined spaces, kneel, jump, run, and work while lying on stomach/back, crawl, and use repetitive movements of the arms and hands.

  • Identify color differences

  • Wear PPE for skin protection


  • Lift 10-25 pounds

  • Climb stairs/ladders, stand, balance, stoop, squat, reach, and lift/carry objects

  • Twist body, sit with back supported, head forward/flexed, head tilted/rotated, and work with arms extended overhead

  • Operate a motor vehicle


  • Lift up to 10 pounds

  • Wear PPE protection for body, vision, and hearing protection

Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for all positions without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or other non-merit factors.