The AIDT Maritime Training Center in Mobile, Alabama is looking for maritime structural fitter trainees to fill as many as 300 job openings locally.

What is a maritime structural fitter? 

A structural fitter measures, fabricates and installs key parts of maritime forms (i.e., shipbuilding and oil rigs) prior to welders attaching the structures permanently.  An entry-level structural fitter typically brings in $40,000-$45,000 annually, in addition to overtime earned.

The AIDT Maritime Training Center started its structural fitter training program last fall, and is now offering seven, 20-person courses each year.  Classes are offered during the day and at night.  To qualify for the program, you must be eligible to work in the U.S., have earned either a high school diploma or GED, and be 18 years of age or older.

What skills do I need?

Math skills are essential to this position.  Strong measurement skills are also required, which includes both standard and metric ruler reading and the ability to calculate quickly.  You must also be able to achieve accuracy in measurements to at least the one-thirty-second of an inch.

Aside from math, you must also have the following:

  • Basic reading comprehension
  • Consistent attendance (ability to show up to work on time consistently)

Why should I get the training?

Employers will pay trained candidates an added $1 to $2 more per hour than untrained candidates.

How do I start?

  1. Fill out an online application.
  2. If accepted, you will receive your invitation to a one-hour orientation. From the orientation, 20 participants are selected to take the class.  On the first day of class, you will be administered a drug test.
  3. You must show up on the first day of class to claim your slot.

Registration for the next round of classes is fast approaching.  To be considered for the program, go to AIDT’s website and look up the class dates/times and apply online soon, as the registration deadline is March 9th.