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Technical Traineeship

365 days learning 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: a turbulent learning year.

Our next traineeship is expected to start in September 2017. We kindly invite ambitious technical graduates who share our passion for water, technology, offshore (engineering) and wind energy to register for the job alert at the bottom of the vacancies page. You will then receive an e-mail when we start recruiting for the next group.

If you want to get an inside, look at the 365 learning year, please watch the video below!

Traineeship programme

Our technical traineeship is an excellent stepping stone in your career and 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.

This English-oriented programme takes one year to complete. We offer you a job at a challenging, dynamic organisation where you will work on interesting and prestigious projects all around the world. Take responsibility and see your ideas become reality! We offer you an international start to your career and the chance to take part in training programmes and courses. 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 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 or QHSE Department. Read about the experiences of former trainees Esther Bijloo (Superintendent), Pim de Pater (Coastal Engineer) and Philip van Loon (Trainee Engineer).

The Traineeship gives me the opportunity to get to know the company and its departments. This in combination with the experience I gained while working abroad at 2 different projects for a total of 4 months, gives me a head start in my future career at Van Oord.

Jan-Siert Doornbosch, Technical Trainee
Jan-Siert Doornbosch, Technical Trainee

Are you ready to become a Van Oord trainee?

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
  • Technical Business Administration (preferably with technical educational training)
  • Maritime engineering
  • QHSE

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? Then we kindly invite you to keep Van Oord in mind and apply when we start recruiting!

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. Do you want to be informed about the next Traineeship, then sign up for the job alert at the bottom of the vacancies page.

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!