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Technical Traineeship

  • Traineeship
  • Office Rotterdam, Office Gorinchem
  • Posted date:
  • Closing date:

The position
Did you graduate in a technical discipline no more than two years ago and do you want to learn and experience how we at Van Oord work on unique maritime projects?

Would you like to learn all about ground-breaking technology under, on and above the water? Then being a trainee at Van Oord is the perfect fit for you. Our projects are often unique and are without exception full with technical, financial and organisational challenges. As a technical trainee, you will have a front row seat on world-class maritime projects, with a strong focus on sustainability and on your own development. So don't hesitate and apply now as a technical trainee at Van Oord!

Your responsibilities
Along with a group of 12 trainees, you will embark on an intense and fascinating year. At our offices in Rotterdam and Gorinchem, you will get to know all the departments and areas of Van Oord in double-quick time. For 16 weeks, we will get you working on one or more of our Dutch / international projects. Offshore wind farms, offshore pipelines, ports, dykes, sluices and flood defences – sometimes projects we are the only one who is willing to take them on. In the meantime, you will actively work to build a good network, from the shop floor to the top of the company, starting within your trainee group. Naturally, we will provide personal support, courses and training sessions for your personal and professional development. At the end of the traineeship, you will start work in a great role at our head office in Rotterdam, Gorinchem or at one of our project locations worldwide, where we will be calling on your knowledge and ingenuity.

“The traineeship is a real development year, which means that the focus is on learning everything about Van Oord, its people and its activities; the ideal way to kick-start my career. Quickly after starting the traineeship, our traineeship 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

Job requirements
In order to be eligible for the traineeship, to start with you must have an MSc or BSc in one of the following disciplines:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Offshore & Dredging Engineering
  • European Wind Energy
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Sustainable Energy Technology
  • Industrial Engineering (including technical pre-university education)
  • Transport, Logistics and Infrastructure
  • Maritime Technology
  • Industrial Automation
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Business Economics / Accountancy

At least as important are your personal qualities and team spirit. That starts with entrepreneurship, flexibility and strong analytical skills. You are not afraid to make your voice heard and you combine innovative ideas with a constructively critical attitude. You always stay focused on the end result and you do not get discouraged if things do not always go to plan. If you combine these qualities with an excellent command of English (the programme is entirely taught in English) and up to two years of work experience, we would love to have you as a participant in our technical traineeship programme!

We offer
We offer you a year focused on your development, during which you will learn all about Van Oord, our people and everything we do. This represents a great professional start, with plenty of opportunity to develop very quickly both professionally and personally – internationally, too – so that you can continue to grow in your role. Thanks to the team-building activities, you will form a tight-knit group with your fellow trainees in no time. You will find this network to be very useful both during the traineeship and when you start your career at Van Oord.

About Van Oord

Van Oord is a leading global contractor in dredging, hydraulic engineering and offshore projects (oil, gas and wind). We are an innovative partner for our clients and have been contributing to the infrastructure of tomorrow's world for over a hundred years. Our people are committed, enterprising professionals with a passion for water and technology.

Do you want to be a part of Van Oord?

You can apply online and upload your resume, motivation letter and grade list (in max 2 documents please) by using the apply button underneath the vacancy. Not ready to apply yet? Please contact me or take a look at our Technical Traineeship page for more information or give me a call!

In your motivation letter, please tell us in which department (Dredging, Ship Management, Offshore or Offshore Wind) your interest lies and whether you prefer to work on projects, at the office or a combination of the two. The selection procedure for the traineeship consists of a video application and two interview rounds. An online assessment is also part of the procedure.

The deadline for applications is 30 March 2019. After that date, we will make a selection based on the CVs and motivation letters and we will give you feedback on your application.

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Only online applications through the Van Oord website will be processed.

Acquisition for this vacancy is not appreciated.


Sandra de Waal
Sandra de Waal

+31 88 8268599

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