With locations in over six countries, more than 400 employees worldwide and over 200 employees spread across Australia, Birdon Group has been developing the next generation of tradespeople for more than 20 years.

Our four-phase Apprenticeship Program will enable you to develop your skills, gain experience and expand your knowledge with new challenges and opportunities along the way. 

The program will involve a great mix of onsite, offsite and formal training under a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Candidates will need to have completed at least Year 10 to be eligible. Mature age and Veteran candidates are also encouraged to apply. 

Mechanical Fitter

Certificate III in Engineering Mechanical Trade

Mechanical Fitters maintain, fit, repair and manufacture metal parts and machinery. Within Birdon, Fitters are responsible for the installation and repair of engines and the different mechanical systems on boats and dredges, including propulsion, hydraulic, fuel, bilge, and fire systems. They use a variety of hand tools and lathes, working from scale drawings.

Boilermaker (Metal Fabrication)

Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication Trade

Boilermakers mark, cut, bend, shape, weld, drill, assemble and fix metal to produce or repair all types of fabricated metal products. Within Birdon, they build new boats, dredge equipment and carry out repairs using aluminium and steel.  They use a variety of hand tools and welding methods working from scale drawings. 


Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical machines, instruments and equipment. Electricians within Birdon work with 3 Phase, single phase, and DC electrical systems. The work includes new installations, repair and maintenance on boats, dredge machinery and land-based equipment.


Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction

Shipwrights have a wide understanding of marine construction using different materials, including timber, metal and composite. Within Birdon, the work includes installation of new fitout such as interior fixtures and cabinetry, windows, exterior fixtures to vessels and the repair of older vessels. They use a variety of hand tools and timber cutting machinery, working from scale drawings.

Industrial Painter

Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Surface Finishing)

Industrial Painters/Blasters play a vital role in the preparation and protection of a variety of surfaces and materials used for construction and manufacturing. By performing tasks such as abrasive blasting and applying a variety of protective coatings, Industrial Painters/Blasters ensure that surfaces and materials are well protected against corrosion and deterioration. Within Birdon, they can be preparing interior panels for new boats or working on exteriors of large dredge equipment. They use a variety of hand tools, blast and spray equipment.

“I’m excited about my future at Birdon – in 2023 I’ll be part of the team building the replacement Young Endeavour – Now that’s a once in a lifetime job!” – Tyler

“People think we are just a small boat builder – but no.. we build boats for the Army and Navy, most people don’t know that!” – Josh

At Birdon, we invest in our people, and we invest in the community. Having a local workforce provides a range of local economic benefits for the communities where we operate.

Because we know you’re not doing it for a job — you’re looking for a career.

2023 APPRENTICE + TRAINEE application

Please complete the form below to the best of your ability. 

For example, a physical limitation, a lifting restriction, colour blindness etc. Please note that if you have a certain degree of colour blindness this may impact your ability to obtain an electrical trade qualification/licence.

Education and Training

Employment History

References (Optional)

Introduce Yourself Here

Please complete the form below to introduce yourself, and register your interest for future opportunities at Birdon.