Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (IMF) Trailblazer and Innovator Spotlight

Posted by Chad Aleshire - On February 04, 2013 (EST)

We continue our Trailblazer and Innovator Spotlight series this week with a look at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (IMF) located in Bremerton, Washington.  PSNS & IMF’s Mission is simply: “Maintain and modernize our Navy’s fleet.”  A mission with few words; A responsibility beyond words.  The PSNS was originally established in 1891 as a Naval Station.  It was designated Navy Yard Puget Sound in 1901.  From its start, PSNS has played an important role in preparing and maintaining U.S. Naval ships and submarines.  During World War II, the Shipyard’s primary effort was the repair of battle damaged ships of the U.S. Fleet and those of its Allies.

The facility’s use of Registered Apprenticeship dates back to its beginnings, when in 1901, the Shipyard Labor Board hired six young men to serve as its first class of apprentices.  Today, PSNS & IMF have registered, trained, and graduated nearly 9,000 apprentices.  PSNS & IMF apprentices have been involved in the building and maintenance of some of our nation’s first submarines, and today maintain U.S. nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers all over the world.

The PSNS & IMF Registered Apprenticeship program has always offered its apprentices a formal education as part of its apprenticeship program, working in partnership with area educators since 1925.  Today, through co-operative education agreements with Olympic College, apprentices  earn an Associate in Technical Arts degree by the conclusion of the third year of their four-year apprenticeship. Supporting the apprentice program is a trades helper program that prepares entry level workers for apprenticeship and through long-standing partnerships  with ---local career and technical educators they’ve also established the opportunity for High School students to prepare for a Registered Apprenticeship in a High School Work Study program 

The PSNS & IMF apprenticeship program was recognized as a Trailblazer and Innovator program, which recognized innovative training models that embody the 21st century vision for apprenticeship, during the Department of Labor’s “OutEducate OutBuild OutInnovate Education and Action Summit” in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the National Apprenticeship Act.  

Bryan Watland, Apprenticeship Program Administrator for the PSNS & IMF, represented the program during the August 1, 2012 event, in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Watland was presented with a Certificate of Recognition presented by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, and Administrator of Apprenticeship John V. Ladd.

Mr. Watland had this to say about the recognition the program received and Registered Apprenticeship’s long-standing role with the PSNS & IMF. 

“Registered Apprenticeship is one of the principal ways that we develop the workforce at PSNS & IMF.  It’s been a part of our development plans since 1901.  We believe formal education and the rigors of the Apprenticeship model provide us with a highly trained workforce prepared to maintain our Navy’s ships and submarines.”

For more on the apprenticeship opportunities PSNS & IMF offer, please download and share the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility Trailblazer and Innovator Fact Sheet.  For more on the PSNS & IMF facility, please visit: http://www.navsea.navy.mil/shipyards/puget/default.aspx.

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