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Apprenticeships

Get started right from the start

In the heart of Hamburg’s “gateway to the world” is where you can make a big difference. At HPA, we need young people like you who would like to develop with us. Which is why we offer you an apprenticeship in various careers after you have completed schooling. You can diver directly into the working day and get to know many different exciting tasks. 

During your apprenticeship, you will be perfectly prepared for your job and profit from many benefits at the same time. You will receive remuneration according to the TVAzubi-AVH tariff at 1,000 euros a month in the first apprenticeship year, along with 30 days of holidays, a lower-priced HVV-ProfiTicket and work uniforms. And the best thing: after you have completed your apprenticeship, you have good chances of being taken on permanently.


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Dual studies

Perfectly combine theory and practice

With dual studies, you learn the theoretical part of your studies in a state-certified university, which is complemented by a variety of practical phases in various divisions at HPA. During this time, we support you across the board and foster you individually. And the best thing: we pay all the study fees for you, and you receive attractive remuneration of 950 euros a month in the first and second years of study, and 1,000 euros a month in the third year.

After seven semesters, you have gotten to know the daily business in all areas of HPA and have gained solid knowledge combined with valuable hands-on experience. This means you are best equipped for your successful career start – and maybe even so familiar with port management that you simply want to stay on with us.

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Perfectly combine theory and practice

Internships

Try out HPA

If you would like to experience the goings-on at the port close up within the scope of a school internship, please feel free to apply with us. It’s very easy:

On our job portal is where you will find jobs with the title “school internship” throughout the year. At just a click of the button “Apply now!”, you will be led to a form where you can upload your application. Should you have any questions, please contact Sonja Prieske by phone on +49 40 428472256.

Internships at HPA

An apprenticeshipAt HPA

HPA Apprenticeship

Lots of careers to choose from

  • IT specialist for application development (m/w/d)
  • IT specialist for system integration (m/w/d)
  • Port skipper (m/w/d)
  • Electrician for operations technology (m/w/d)
  • Specialist for metal engineering (m/w/d)
  • Constructions mechanic for equipment technology (m/w/d)
  • Industrial mechanic for maintenance (m/w/d)
  • Surveying technician (m/w/d)
  • Wood mechanic (m/w/d)

Please note that we announce our apprenticeships each year as need arises. Which is why not all apprenticeship options are available. Take a look at our job portal to find out which apprenticeship positions are currently on offer. By the way: an internship before your apprenticeship is unfortunately not possible. Many other questions are answered for you in our FAQs.

Merchants or business

Management assistants for office management (m/w/d)

Organization and processing with a wide range of applications

The main topics of the training are: Commercial management and control (financial accounting, cost and performance accounting, controlling) as well as human resources management (personnel processing, recruitment and development). You will get to know all the important areas of the HPA in which office management assistants are employed in order to gain a varied overall impression and to be well networked.

Requirements

  • MSA or higher (good performance in the main subjects German, Math, English)
  • Interest in commercial topics, shipping and the port
  • Affinity for information technology
  • Ability to communicate and work in a team
  • Independence, commitment and initiative

Key points

  • Start: August 1
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Training location: Speicherstadt (Warehouse P, Neuer Wandrahm 4 or Warehouse X, Brooktorkai 1, 20457 Hamburg)
Operating and controlling electrical installations

IT

IT specialist for application development (m/w/d)

Developing modern software for the port

On your path as an apprentice, you will mainly take care of the planning and development of software applications which the employees of all specialist areas at HPA can use to complete their tasks efficiently. To this end, you frequently work constructively on precise solutions together with your colleagues. You become familiar with methods and tools as well as testing procedures for software development, which you then use to implement your own IT projects. Ideally, you can contribute programming experience to your apprenticeship.

What are the main areas of training that await you?

  • Planning and development of software applications
  • Advising users on the implementation of their requirements
  • Methods and tools of software development and test procedures
  • ndependent planning and implementation of IT projects
  • Modern software development in innovative tasks

Requirements

  • Intermediate school certificate / MSA, second school certificate or vocational school-leaving certificate (preferably with good grades in maths and German)
  • Interest in IT topics and programming language
  • Mathematical understanding and analytical thinking skills
  • Ability to work on computer monitors
  • Reliability and teamwork skills
  • Willingness to learn and service-centric way of working

The apprenticeship is 3 years and starts on 1 August. The location is Speicher T, Alter Wandrahm 12, 20457 Hamburg, Germany.

T SPECIALIST FOR DIGITAL NETWORKING (m/w/d)

Setting up IT systems and keeping them running

This apprenticeship centres on the planning, configuration and maintenance of IT systems. You will be schooled in choosing the right hardware and software components as required for innovative communication architecture and perfectly aligning them to one another. You advise users and use the suitable tools for error analysis and interruption rectification to ensure that the modern IT infrastructure at HPA functions without a glitch.

What are the main areas of training that await you?

  • Accompanying the processes of digital networking of systems, machines, logistics and people
  • Working with the network infrastructure and the interfaces between network components and cyber-physical systems
  • Networking and optimizing systems and applications at the IT level
  • Securing data against unauthorized access and preventing/remedying system failures

Requirements

  • Intermediate school certificate / MSA, second school certificate or vocational school-leaving certificate (preferably with good grades in maths and German)
  • Interest in IT topics
  • Analytical thinking skills
  • Ability to work on computer monitors
  • Reliability and teamwork skills
  • Willingness to learn and service-centric way of working

The apprenticeship is 3 years and starts on 1 August. The location is Speicher T, Alter Wandrahm 12, 20457 Hamburg, Germany.

Mechanic

Mechatronics technician

The combination of mechanics, electronics and computer science

Here you will learn to build complex mechatronic systems from mechanical, electrical and 
components to build complex mechatronic systems. Test the individual components and assemble them into systems and equipment. Commission, program or install the associated software. Produce circuit diagrams and design drawings and maintain and repair mechatronic systems.

What are the main areas of training that await you?

  • Building mechanical, electrical and electronic assemblies and components of complex mechatronic systems
  • Testing individual components and assembling systems and equipment
  • Commissioning, programming or installing finished systems
  • Prepare and evaluate circuit diagrams and design drawings
  • Perform quality tests and inspections
  • Maintain and repair mechatronic systems

Requirements

  • At least a good MSA (grade point average of 2 in STEM subjects)
  • Technical understanding
  • Spatial imagination and mathematical understanding
  • Health aptitude (no red-green weakness)
  • Weather suitability
  • Communication and teamwork skills
  • Independence

Key points

  • Start: September 1
  • Duration: 3.5 years
  • Training location: Harburg technical plant 
  • (training workshop), An der Horeburg 9, 21097 Hamburg.

CONSTRUCTION MECHANIC

Metal construction from planning to assembly

This apprenticeship is about metal constructions of ships, barrages, locks, cranes, conveyor systems or special constructions for the port infrastructure. Among other things, you will learn how to make technical drawings, define assembly plans for components such as railings or platforms, or dismantle and reshape metal structures. And you will learn how to join sheet metal, pipes, profiles, etc. using various welding processes.

What are the main areas of training that await you?

  • Preparing and evaluating technical drawings
  • Determine machining operations or assembly plans
  • Form and separate components and metal constructions
  • Joining sheet metal, tubes, profiles or assemblies
  • Apply various welding processes
  • Assemble components and assemblies (e.g. railings, platforms)
  • Disassemble metal constructions

Requirements

  • High school diploma / ESA (preferably good grades in STEM subjects, no G grades).
  • Technical understanding
  • Spatial imagination and mathematical understanding
  • Physical fitness
  • Weather ability
  • Ability to communicate and work in a team
  • Independence

Key points

  • Start: September 1
  • Duration: 3.5 years
  • Training location: Harburg technical plant,
  • An der Horeburg 9, 21079 Hamburg, Germany

Nautik

Port skipper (m/w/d)

Moving goods and people

This apprenticeship gives you the knowledge needed for cargo transhipment and passenger transport on tugboats and barges. You will learn how to moor and cast off, to use tugging equipment and all on-board facilities, how to maintain the ship and engine, to perform ropes work, to load and unload vessels and much more. And you will gain extensive knowledge about the entire port area, as well as gain sailing skills, learn about the tides and shipping regulations.

What training focuses await you?

  • Mooring and casting off
  • Rope work
  • Operating the towing gear
  • Maintenance work on ship and engine
  • Operation and maintenance of all on-board equipment
  • Correct behavior in dangerous situations
  • Loading and unloading of port vessels
  • Knowledge of the entire port area, navigation and laws and regulations relevant to navigation
  • General knowledge of tides and application of tide tables

Requirements

  • Secondary school education / ESA (preferably with good grades in the MINT subjects)
  • Technical understanding
  • Physical fitness, Health fitness (red-green visual impairments)
  • Seaworthiness and ability to work in any weather
  • Local knowledge and good sense of orientation
  • Willingness to work in shifts

The training lasts 3 years and starts on September 1.
The training location is Rugenberger Damm, 21129 Hamburg, Germany.

If you have any questions, please contact our training manager Kay Schmidt.
E-mail: flotte@hpa.hamburg.de
www.flotte-hamburg.de

Technology

Survey technician (m/w/d)

From the survey to the plan to the chart

Over the course of three years, we train you to be a survey technician. You are on the field and perform location and altitude surveys according to various procedures, before using the survey data to generate updated plans and charts on the computer. You will learn, amongst others, how to use CAD programs, about all the requirements for the production of chart material and about the methods used for technical survey calculations. What’s more, you expand on graphical data processing systems and perform comparisons of charts and satellite images. 

What training focuses await you?

  • Set up graphic data processing systems
  • Get to know the regulations for the production and continuation of maps, plans and rips
  • Carry out surveying calculations
  • Produce plans and drawings with various programs at CAD workstations
  • Carry out height and position surveys using various methods
  • Carry out field comparisons according to maps and aerial photographs

Requirements

  • Intermediate school certificate / MSA, second school certificate or vocational school-leaving certificate (preferably with good grades in maths and German)
  • Technical understanding
  • Spatial visualisation capability
  • Physical fitness
  • Enjoy working outdoors
  • Ability to work in teams and independently

The apprenticeship is 3 years and starts on 1 August. The location is Speicher X in the Speicherstadt, Neuer Wandrahm 4, 20457 Hamburg, Germany.

Apprenticeships survey technician

Electrics

Electronics technician for operating technology

Switching and controlling electrical systems

What is the main focus of your training?

The apprenticeship will provide you with comprehensive knowledge about the installation, maintenance and repair of the entire operating technology in the port. You will commission switching and control systems, lighting, power and communication systems, drive and automation systems for ships, barrages, locks and bridges. To do this, you have to assemble and wire components or set up pneumatic and hydraulic components, for example. You will also program, check and expand the systems and eliminate faults.

Requirements

  • Realschulabschluss/ MSA (preferably with good grades in STEM subjects)
  • Technical and mathematical understanding
  • Spatial imagination
  • Physical fitness and aptitude (no red-green weakness)
  • Weather suitability
  • Communication and teamwork skills
  • Independence

Key points

  •  Start: September 1
  • Duration: 3.5 years
  •  Training location: Harburg technical plant
  • (training workshop), An der Horeburg 9, 21097 Hamburg.

Dual studiesAt HPA

Dual studies at HPA

Learning and applying go hand in hand

We offer dual studies in the following courses:

  • Civil engineering (at HS 21)
  • Mechatronics (at HS 21)
  • Business administration (at Nordakademie in Elmshorn)
  • Industrial engineering (at Nordakademie in Elmshorn)
  • Applied computer science (at Nordakademie in Elmshorn)


The requirements for participation in dual studies is a school-leaving certificate or vocational school certificate and a passed examination from the respective school. In addition, we expect a strong interest in topics of study, a high level of engagement and determination, as well as good communication skills and open-mindedness.

Please note that we train as need arises and therefore not all dual study courses may be offered at all times. Please refer to our job portal for dual study courses currently on offer. Or subscribe to our job alert, which informs you in good time about open positions. 

WE ARE HAPPY TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS

Sonja Prieske

Sonja Prieske

For internships and apprenticeships
Phone: +49 40 42 84 7-2256
Email: sonja.prieske@hpa.hamburg.de

Nadine Mikolasch

For apprenticeships and dual studies
Phone: +49 40 42 84 7-2276
Emaill: nadine.mikolasch@hpa.hamburg.de

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