Apprentice Program

NAVFAC Southwest Apprentice

Skilled Trades Apprentice Program

 Earn While You Learn.

NAVFAC Southwest is looking to build our future through a robust Apprentice Program that will take participants from entry level through Journeyman certification with no cost to the participant. 

Discover a civilian career with the Department of the Navy. Become a part of an organization that makes a difference every day.


All Candidates MUST:

  • Be at least 18 years old and a U.S. Citizen 
  • Be eligible for a Security Clearance (Background check w/ fingerprints)
  • Possess a valid Driver's License
  • Complete a Physical Capacity Exam
  • Complete a Medical Exam

Once accepted into the program Participants MUST:

  • Work a standard 40-hour week at the assigned location
  • Maintain academic course load prescribed in the four-year in-school program AND respective trade.
    Apprentices are typically required to attend school two to three nights a week, year round. It is the Apprentice's responsibility to attend ALL courses.
  • Receive a minimum of 144 hours of classroom hours* of related training and 2000 hours yearly of on-the-job training (OJT) 
  • Stay in good academic standing with the training institution.
  • Maintain OJT proficiencies.
  • Commit to work within the Department of Defense for TWO years upon program completion. 

*Classroom hours will be completed at local community colleges and training facilities during non-paid, off-duty hours for the duration of the 4-year program.    

Trades Apprenticeship Starting Salaries: 


$15.02 - $27.40 Hourly (Location Dependent)



For a list of benefits at NAVFAC Southwest, click here


Coronado Apprentice



The first round of resume submissions for the 2020 program is now closed as resumes are being reviewed.



2020 Apprentice Program Positions

 Listed by Position Title, Location, and Number of Openings

  • Boiler Plant Operator Apprentice - Monterey, CA (1)
  • Electrician Apprentice - Lemoore (2); Ventura (2)
  • High Voltage Electrician Apprentice -  Lemoore (1)
  • HVAC Apprentice -  Ventura (2)
  • Maintenance Mechanic Apprentice (Skilled in 2+ Facilities Trades) - Monterey (1)
  • Mason Apprentice - Lemoore (2)
  • Plumber Apprentice - Ventura (2)
  • Utility Systems Operator Apprentice (Boiler Plant & Waste Water Treatment) -  Lemoore (2)





Plumber Apprentice Program



The Apprentice program accepts resumes once per year. When the application period is open, you will need to:

1) Write your resume to show your skills for the position to which you are applying.

Resumes should include:

  • Your Contact Information
  • The name of the company/organization where you received experience
  • The date ranges you were with each company/organization
  • Specifics on tasks you completed, tools you worked with, systems you installed/troubleshot/repaird, techniques you used, documents you used, regulations you followed -USE LANGUAGE SPECIFIC TO YOUR INDUSTRY
  • Specific accomplishments from the work completed (Examples: Time you saved, money you saved, things you did to increase safety, awards you earned, etc...)

For example, it is not enough to say "Expertly inspected workspaces." 
A hiring manager has no frame of refernece for your past work. It is better to say, "Inspected 10 workspaces with 75 employees; identified 5 safety violations and put corrective measures in place within 10 days with zero accidents recorded." 

  • If you have any related Certifications and Licenses you should include them with the date and location received.

2) Click the submission link to create a profile and upload your resume. 

  • You will be asked a series of questions that help our hiring managers determine what position and location would be a good fit for your skills and interests.
  • Once your resume is received, you will get a confirmation email at the address provided on your profile form. If you do not receive a confirmation, check your spam folder. Otherwise, it is suggested that you complete the form again and resubmit.


3) Resumes will be screened by NAVFAC Southwest Hiring Managers & Interviews may be conducted.

  • Resume information will be carefully reviewed by trade experts to identify candidates to move on in the hiring process.
  • Hiring Managers will conduct an initial skills assessment (over the phone) for those identified candidates and then narrow the field down for formal, face-to-face interviews. 
  • Formal interviews may include a panel of trades experts and business support personnel.


4) If selected, you will be notified by a Human Resources representative to start the hiring process (which includes scheduling your physical and background check).





CALL: (619) 524-3277



Equal Opportunity Employer: The U.S. Navy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all candidates for positions and career development are considered without discrimination. Leaders, managers and supervisors ensure that individuals are judged solely on the basis of merit and ability and with respect for the differences that make us stronger as a team.


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