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Start or continue your career at Damen Shipyards

Quick Facts

Your new potential employer is an international shipyard group with a family culture. It’s all about ships, we live them! We always aim to match our customers’ needs and exceed their expectations in whatever we do. We aim to become a global market leader in the niche markets of shipbuilding, ship repair & conversion and related services, growing step by step developing quality vessels and services. We design and build innovative ships of excellent quality, supported by a worldwide network of sales and services.

Are you still interested in working at our organization? Then keep reading.

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Recruitment DSNS Trainee

What are we offering?

In this program with duration of one year you’ll get the opportunity to participate in different departments of our organization. So you can decide which part of the organization is best suitable. Also, you’re given the possibility to do a part of the trainee program abroad and to build up a large internal network. You’ll take part in our organization to achieve the DSNS goals together.


During this one year you’ll be offered the opportunity to take part in these five departments:

  • P&P
  • Engineering
  • Research & Development
  • Project Department
  • Operations


During the one year of your traineeship you’ll have a coach, this coach will oversee the bigger picture and he will judge your achievements in the different projects of your traineeship. Then you’ll be guided by a department manager, he oversees the day to day activities. Above all this, you’ll be connected to a HR advisor, he will be your mentor through the traineeship. You can spar with him about all things you encounter during your traineeship, both personal and work related.


After completing the period, you’ll start in the department which suits you best, based on your achievements during this program. So the path that lies ahead of you is mostly based on your self-determination and offers you a big variety of opportunities.


  • Bachelor’s or Master's degree in one of these studies: Mechanical Engineering, Maritime Engineering/Technology, Industrial Engineering and Electrical Engineering or related
  • Maximum of 2 years of working experience after your graduation
  • Extra-curricular activities like management roles and side jobs are a plus
  • Good command of Dutch and English language (written and verbal).

Company Information

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS), established in Vlissingen has a rich tradition of naval shipbuilding with its original navy roots stemming back more than 140 years. At that time the Royal Schelde shipyard, based in Vlissingen in the Netherlands, was known worldwide for its quality shipbuilding, both in the naval and commercial sector.

For more than 50 years DSNS has in fact been the dedicated shipbuilder of the Royal Netherlands Navy and we have worked alongside the Royal Netherlands Navy on the design, engineering and construction of eight generations of combatants, as well as amphibious vessels and naval auxiliaries. Based on decades of experience Damen now offers navies worldwide a broad range of defence and security vessels, ranging from 7 m to more than 200 m.

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Esther van Oorschot

HR Advisor

+31 (0) 118 48 23 24

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