|The Seafarers Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship in Piney
Point, Maryland, offers an excellent opportunity for vocational
training, employment, and a career for drug-free Alaskans.
It is the largest training facility for deep-sea merchant seafarers
and inland waterways boatmen in the United States. The school
teaches specialized skills for jobs in the Deck, Engine and
|The initial training program is eight months
long, with the student receiving an initial rating and a job
with the SIU upon graduation. The basic training program covers
the tasks of seamen in all three shipboard departments: deck,
engine, and steward through a combination of classroom learning
and hands-on experience aboard a vessel. Two months prior to
graduation the apprentice must choose one of the three departments
for their career choice. Once employed, the work rotation will
be four months on board a vessel with two months off, for a
total of eight months on and four months off per year. The
$30,000 per year entry-level salary applies to this work rotation.
The first three months at the Harry Lundeberg School includes:
- Seamanship Basics
- Nautical History, Math and
- Lifeboat Operations
- First Aid and CPR
- Galley Operation
- Deck Operations
The next three months are at sea with students receiving
four weeks of on-the-job training in each of the three departments.
Upon completion of the shipboard training the student will
select the deck, engine, or steward department for their
career choice and return to the Harry Lundeberg School for
an additional two months training in that particular field.
Upon graduation students are placed with an SIU carrier
for a four-month period.
After four months on the job, SIU members are eligible to
return to the school for a one-month course and upgrade their
rating to Able Bodied Seaman. Continued experience in the
maritime shipping industry and continued returns to the Harry
Lundeberg School for rating upgrades could lead to advanced
ratings such as Bosun, Chef, Chief Steward, etc.
The unlicensed apprentice program and all upgrade training
at the Harry Lundeberg School are free for SIU members. All
fees, books, tuition, room and board are provided at no charge.
Students are responsible for the following expenses:
|Transportation to/from Washington D.C.
|Cab fare to SIU headquarters at Camp Springs, MD
|USCG documents fee
|Misc. expenses at the Ship Store (personal items)
|Physical, drug test, Benzene test
Students may qualify for training assistance under the Job
Training Partnership Act or other sources to help offset
Enrollment is currently open. Please call the office for
Seafarers International Union
721 Sesame Street, Suite 1C
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Phone: (907) 561-4988
Fax: (907) 563-0122