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Train for a
Marine Career

Train for a Career in the Marine Trades


If you are a Rhode Island resident interested in starting a career in the marine trades, you’ve come to the right place. RIMTA can help you get started.

Use this website to learn more about free training programs that can lead to full-time jobs, career and networking events, and information about career tracks in this statewide industry. Whether you’re interested in working in high-tech manufacturing or a job where you’ll spend most of your time on the water, the marine trades in Rhode Island is full of opportunity. Read on to learn more.

Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program


The Marine Trades & Composites Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program is geared to individuals looking to gain the skills needed for entry-level positions in the marine and composites industries. This seven-week program is free to participants; you will even earn a small stipend during your training. You will get hands-on experience in a wide range of areas—from carpentry to welding, rigging, painting, forklift operation, marine systems, safety and other areas—as well as on-the-job experience in a short-term internship. You will not be an expert in any one area after you graduate, but you will have a good idea of what the industry offers and where you want to focus your career search.

The program is open to Rhode Island residents over age 18 and draws a wide range of age groups—from recent High School graduates to veterans and mid-career workers looking to retrain for a new field.

Many employers in Rhode Island know this program as a rich resource for talented, entry-level workers who are willing to work hard and learn. The program has achieved an over-90-percent job-placement rate for its graduates.

The program is held twice a year, in the winter and summer.

Click here to apply.

Learn more in an FAQ. For more information, contact RIMTA Director of Programs Jen Huber.

2016 Pre-Apprenticeship Flyer

Youth Summer Boatbuilding Program

In summer 2015, a new youth boatbuilding program was launched for Newport-area youth. RIMTA, in partnership with Newport Area Career and Technical High School, now runs a running a Summer Boatbuilding Program for youth between ages 14-16 who want to learn more about the marine trades. New in 2016, we are introducing an additional program in North Providence.


The six-week program incorporates work experiences, career exploration, leadership development, adult mentoring, basic skills development and job readiness services. Participants gain basic, academic and employment skills, earn their diploma and gain paid work experience, and receive a certificate of completion from RIMTA.

Click here to apply!

Become a Launch Operator

Everything you need to become a USCG-licensed launch operator! This 4-day course is for boaters who are interested in becoming licensed launch operators while gaining valuable on-the-water boat handling skills that will help prepare you for your first launch tender job.

Click here to learn more!

Marine & Composites Industry Career Day


Connect with potential employers and learn more about careers and the skills required at the annual Marine & Composites Industry Career Day. This event is held each spring in Newport and organized by RIMTA and the IYRS School of Technology and Trades.

Some 40 companies exhibited in 2016. Head to the IYRS website to learn more.