Apprenticeship at Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Scott, Halifax

Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Scott (FMF CS) resumed an internal ship repair (SR) apprenticeship training program in 2002 to sustain the high standards of workmanship offered to the naval fleet. FMF CS also supports the provincial apprenticeship program through wage top up while on block training and tuition reimbursement upon successful completion.

The recruitment process begins in January/February of each year when apprenticeship opportunities are posted on jobs-emplois.gc.ca site. The website allows access to people who may already have graduated from a trades-related program as well as college students who are due to graduate in the spring. Applications for the apprenticeship positions are taken in late March and normally apprentices will begin work with the Department in early August.

The Apprenticeship Program is used to replenish the DND workforce; hiring apprentices in trades such as Naval Mechanical (Millwright) Technician, Marine Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic, Marine/Industrial Electrician, Electronics Technician, Machinist, Boiler and Plate Technician, Sheet Metal Technician, Welder and Marine Pipefitter/Coppersmith. Most programs consist of a three-year apprenticeship, with the exception of the Electronics Technician trade which is a two-year program. At the end of their program, apprentices are required to pass an FMF CS Trades Test to become a SR Journeyperson.

Apprentices and journeypersons at FMF CS maintain and repair naval systems: from ship propulsion, to navigation, to armament.

There are further training and development opportunities which prepare FMF CS tradespersons for other roles within the organization. For example, a tradesperson could advance to Planning & Estimating, Engineering Technology, or Supervisory and Management positions, where there is interest.