Train for a Marine Career
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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 (Aug. 21 – Oct. 21, 2017)

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Enroll today in RIMTA’s Marine Trades & Composites Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program and learn all the skills you need to get started on a great career track in the marine trades and composites industries.

This program is a free 7-week hands-on training that prepares participants for entry-level positions in the marine and composites industries in RI. We have had a great job placement success rate at the end of each our trainings.

No previous marine experience is necessary, but we are looking for hands-on learners ready to be trained and employed on new skills including carpentry, mechanics, varnishing and composites.

  • It’s free internship training-and we provide $100/week stipend
  • No previous boating experience necessary.
  • GED/HS Diploma preferred, but not an absolute requirement.
  • The program runs for 7 weeks from August 21 – October 21, 2017 with training Monday -Friday;  8-4pm every day.
  • Training locations are at different RI locations each day/week.
  • Applicants must be 18 years or older and be a RI resident.

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Learn more in an FAQ or check out the 2017 Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program flyerFor more information, contact Brian Dursi.

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.

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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.

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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.


Work on a Luxury Superyacht


If you’d like to work on a luxury superyacht that follows the sun from New England to the Caribbean and beyond, there is now a free training program to give you the skills needed for an entry-level job in the charter-yacht industry. RIMTA, in partnership with Ship to Shore crew-placement agency of Newport, launched a four-week program in spring 2017 to give you the necessary training. The program is free to Rhode Islanders who are over 18. Training takes place Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm, in the Newport area. Dates for the 2017 program are May 30 to June 23. This training is an excellent way to shift land-based experience to working on the water. Luxury yachts need individuals with skills in the areas of high-end hospitality, culinary, large engine maintenance, and deckhands. At the conclusion of the program, Sarah Baines of Ship to Shore will work with trainees to aid them in their job search. Read a press release about the launch of this new program. Click here to apply.