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Van Oord Technical Traineeship

Application deadline 16-05-2016
Start date 12-09-2016



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Careers for ingenious people

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 about what Van Oord can offer you.

For our technical traineeship that will start 12th of September 2016, we are looking for ambitious technical graduates who share our passion for water, technology, offshore (engineering) and wind energy.

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The traineeship

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, offshore and offshore wind sector in a short space of time. By working in various departments and on projects both in the Netherlands and abroad, you'll get to know Van Oord, your colleagues and our projects. 
The programme takes one year. After finalizing your traineeship you will work on our international projects (dredging, offshore or offshore wind), on one of our office locations abroad, at our Ship Management Department, Estimating and Engineering department or the Quality Health Safety & Environment department.

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Do you have

- (Almost) a technical graduate in civil engineering, offshore & dredging engineering, mechanical engineering, mining, maritime technology, physical geography, engineering in coastal environment, construction management and engineering, electrical engineering, technical business administration (the last only combined with a technical secondary vocational degree), QHSE related.
- a maximum of three years of work experience.

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Are you

An entrepreneur, a flexible colleague and prepared to work abroad, a person with strong analytical skills, who's focused on results and a teamplayer. stress resistant and do you speak English on advanced level.


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Then we offer you

A job within a challenging, dynamic working environment where you work on interesting and prestigious projects all around the world. Taking responsiblity and see your ideas getting real ! We’re offering you an international start to your career and the chance to take part in training programmes and courses. Our employment terms are competitive and comprehensive.

Our traineeship programme starts 12th of September 2016. 
Take your chance and send us your application before 16th of May 2016!

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Experiences Traineeship member

‘As a trainee, I moved to a different department approximately every two months. That gave me a chance to find out what happens behind the scenes at Van Oord, as well as the chance to meet employees all over the world. It also gave me a good idea of what my future job would be like. However, the most important thing, once I’d chosen my specialism was that I could see things from the perspective of other business units.’

‘My first project as a trainee was Palm Jumeirah Beaches in Dubai. I worked as a Superintendent on the backhoe dredger IJzeren Hein and as an Engineer for rock installation. I was then placed with the Offshore Wind Projects business unit, where I helped budget various tenders. I learned a lot during both projects, but what I’m most proud of is the rock installation method that I developed for the Dubai project. I also have fond memories of studying underwater noise levels generated by pile-driving offshore wind farm foundations.’

‘What I learned during my traineeship is still very useful in my present position, Superintendent in the Operations Department. I’m familiar with the customs and values of various nationalities and I can take on many different types of work on project sites. For example, I substitute for the Project Engineer when he’s absent, I take part in progress meetings, I make sure information is passed on, I come up with new working methods, and so on. The work environment is often hectic and every day is a new challenge. Thanks to my traineeship, I have a rock-solid basis.’

Traineeship movie

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About Van Oord

Van Oord is a leading international contractor specializing in dredging, marine engineering and offshore projects (oils, gas and wind). We are an innovative partner for our clients and, for over one hundred years, have been helping to create the infrastructure for the world of tomorrow. Our staff are committed, entrepreneurial professionals who are passionate about water, wind energy and technology.

Marine ingenuity is what sets Van Oord apart. In just two words, we show in the clearest possible terms what we do, how we do it, and what makes us different. A passionate, smart, shrewd, international marine contractor – that is how we see ourselves. We find innovative solutions designed to meet our clients’ and business partners’ challenges.

Van Oord’s corporate culture is one in which employees are given – and are eager to accept and take – responsibility. We want all our employees to enjoy their work, to work safely, and to feel like part of a team. Mutual respect, trust, friendly relations between colleagues and basic good manners are crucial in this respect. Van Oord believes in One Team, worldwide.

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Working at Van Oord

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Headquarters Holland
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