JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Highway System, University of Alaska Southeast and the Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific signed a five-year education program memorandum of agreement Feb. 25 in Ketchikan.
The agreement extends the three-party program allowing UAS students who have completed two semesters of instruction that include diesel mechanics, marine transmissions, marine auxiliary systems, and refrigeration and air conditioning to complete an internship on board AMHS vessels.
The program began in 2000 and has been beneficial to the AMHS in finding qualified applicants for positions as oilers aboard the 11 ships in its fleet.
"We've hired many of this program's graduates, because it produces qualified oilers to fill these crucial positions on our vessels," said Capt. John Falvey, general manager, AMHS.
Currently, UAS has four interns ready for placement with the AMHS this year. The interns have all completed familiarization trips aboard the ferry LeConte and will next proceed to the UAS Basic Safety Training class and other AMHS required new hire courses. They will then begin their internships on board an AMHS mainline ship.