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Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois The Hull Maintenance Technician and Machinery Repairmen Accession Schools are highly streamlined training programs. The majority of training is designed to be hands on, as sailors learn to operate the actual equipment they will use on board their ships. “They’re in the weld lab 8 hours a day for approximately 10 days. We take this opportunity to set them up in a real-world environment, so when they get out to the fleet, they will know how to weld in a safe and effective manner.” “Here inside the lab as far as safety, we introduce them to how to use these tools properly, what PPE to wear when they are doing the job so that when it comes time to go out to the fleet, they know how to be safe.” “At A-school for HT, you learn everything that you need to know.” “Brazing, welding, different types of flames… We’re also not afraid to get our hands dirty. Sewage tanks, holding tanks, heads, pipes bursting… You never know what can go wrong, but HTs are always there.” “Here in MR A-school, most everything we
do is hands on. Its a very hands on rate in general so we have to get them out in the lab as much as possible.” “Working with this lathe, in the lab, in a very open environment where i can ask questions before i actually start working on the pieces It helps me out a lot because when i get out the fleet, it will be a whole lot easier because I already know in depth what I’m going to be doing Ill already be used to working with it, so hopefully that helps me get a little bit ahead.” Led by a team of highly experienced instructors, the Accession Schools at SWOS University will continue to modernize while always emphasizing hands on practical approaches to training.