Pearl Harbor apprenticeship career fair at HCC

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Thousands of people are expected to attend the Pearl Harbor Apprenticeship and Engineering Career Fair Saturday at Honolulu Community College.

This annual recruitment event is coordinated in partnership with HCC and the Pearl Harbor Apprenticeship and Engineering Program.

The event is from 8 a.m. to noon in the courtyard near the cafeteria at HCC, 847 Dillingham Blvd.

In the next five to ten years, Pearl Harbor is expected many of its current baby boomer employees to retire. The job fair is designed to employ and train individuals to avoid a massive shortfall.

Representatives from 18 trades and the engineering department along with representatives from HCC will have displays at the career fair.

Positions available are: apprentices, equipment specialists, engineering technicians, professional, analytical and administration positions.

In addition, the federal police and firefighter recruiters will be on site.

By the end of the year, the shipyard plans to add about 150 more employees to its nearly 5,000-member workforce.

Men and women will have the opportunity to work alongside journeymen and women, receive trade theory training at approximately $19 per hour with full federal benefits while earning a government-sponsored associate degree in applied trades from Honolulu Community College.

At the end of four years, apprentice program graduates will earn $28 or more an hour.

Eligible candidates must be a United States citizen; 18 years of age by January 2012, with a high school diploma or equivalent, and pass a physical exam, security clearance, and ASSET Test in math and English.

HCC will give the two hour timed ASSET test through May 27. The exam will test for English writing, reading comprehension, and math skills.

The College is offering an eight hour Asset preparation workshop for $100.

Interested individuals can call (808) 845-9299 for more information.

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