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Technical Traineeship

365 days of learning and adventure

Are you ingenious and looking for an entry-level job in which you can gain international experience? A job in which you will work with innovative techniques on world-famous projects? Then read more about Van Oord’s Technical Traineeship.

Our next traineeship begins 18th of September 2017. We kindly invite ambitious technical (almost) graduates who share our passion for water, technology, offshore (engineering) and wind energy to apply.  Check the vacany Technical Traineeship at the vacancy pages. We will hire a maximum of 12 persons.

If you want to get an inside, watch the video below!


Our English-oriented technical traineeship takes one year to complete and is an excellent stepping stone in your career, an ideal chance to get to know various aspects of the marine contracting, dredging and offshore energy sectors in a short period of time. By working in various departments, and on projects and on equipment around the globe, you will get to know Van Oord in an intense way. Our employment conditions are competitive and comprehensive.

During my traineeship I spent twelve months learning the ropes in different departments. I also worked on two projects abroad and got to know a lot of fellow employees.’ As a trainee, Philip worked on projects in Costa Rica and Bahamas. ‘It was quite an experience. From day one I had to shoulder a lot of responsibility. It wasn’t always easy, certainly at first, but I soon learned to take decisions and solve problems in specific situations.

Philip van Loon, Trainee Engineer
Philip van Loon, Trainee Engineer

Next career step after traineeship

After succesfully completing your traineeship, you will work on our international (dredging, offshore and offshore energy) projects, or at our Ship Management Department, Engineering and Estimating Department, Procurement or Quality Health Safety and Environment Department. Read about the experiences of former trainees Esther Bijloo (Superintendent) and Philip van Loon (Trainee Engineer).

Quickly after starting the traineeship, our trainee group became a group of friends. This led to a lot of fun throughout the year, during and after work.

Tom van Eijk, Trainee Engineer
Tom van Eijk, Trainee Engineer

Are you ready to become the next Van Oord traineeship member?

You will be eligible for participation if you have completed an MSc or BSc in one of the following subjects:

  • Civil engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Mining
  • Offshore (wind energy) engineering
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Technical Business Administration (preferably with technical educational training)
  • Maritime engineering
  • Safety & Security Management (Veiligheidskunde)
  • Supply Chain Management (preferably with technical educational training)

Are you an entrepreneur, a flexible colleague who is prepared to work abroad, a person with strong analytical skills who is focused on results and is a team player? Can you handle stress well and do you speak English at an advanced level? (advantage when speaking and writing French or Spanish). Then we look forward to your application !

The traineeship selection procedure consists of two interviews and an assessment by an external agency.

Do you have questions? Contact the Recruitment department via +31(0)88 8268359 and ask for Joyce Moens. Would you like to meet us in person? Take a look at our calender for upcoming events.

Look at the Van Oord video "Look around you" and see the landmarks Van Oord leaves behind in the world around you. You really want to be part of that!