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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.

Electric

Electrician for operations technology (m/w/d)

Operating and controlling electrical installations

This apprenticeship provides you with comprehensive knowledge centred round the installation, maintenance and repair of the all the operations technology in the port. You start up switching and control systems; light, energy and communications systems; drive and automation systems on ships, barrages, locks and bridges. To achieve this, you must assemble and wire components, for instance, or set up pneumatic and hydraulic parts. What’s more, you program, monitor and expand the systems and rectify interruptions.

Requirements:

  • Secondary school certificate / MSA (preferably with good grades in the MINT subjects)
  • Technical and mathematical understanding
  • Spatial visualisation capability
  • Physical fitness and suitability (no colour blindness)
  • Ability to work in any weather
  • Communication and teamwork skills
  • Independent working

The apprenticeship is 3.5 years and begins on 1 September. The location is the Technischer Betrieb Harburg, An der Horeburg 9, 21097 Hamburg, Germany.

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.

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.

IT specialist for system integration (m/w/d)

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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.

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

Specialist for metal engineering (m/w/d)

Operating and maintaining installation technology

This apprenticeship centres on metal engineering with a focus on installation technology for bridges, barrages, locks, cranes and special structures. You learn to draft and analyse technical drawings for these facilities. An additional focus is on the maintenance of components and assemblies as well as the joining of sheet metal, pipes, profiles and more. You will also acquire knowledge in the various welding techniques.

Requirements:

  • Secondary school education (preferably with good grades in the MINT subjects)
  • Technical and mathematical understanding
  • Spatial visualisation capability
  • Physical fitness and ability to work in any weather
  • Communication and teamwork skills
  • Independent working

The apprenticeship is 2 years and starts on 1 September. The location is the Technischer Betrieb Harburg (apprenticeship workshop), An der Horeburg 9, 21097 Hamburg, Germany.

Constructions mechanic for equipment technology (m/w/d)

Metal construction from planning to installation

This apprenticeship focuses on metal structures of ships, barrages, locks, cranes, conveyor system or customised structures for the port’s infrastructure. You will discover, amongst others, how to draft technical drawings, determine the installation plans for components such as railings or platforms, and dismount and convert metal structures. And you will learn how to weld together sheet metal, pipes and profiles, etc., using different welding techniques.   

Requirements:

  • Secondary school education (preferably with good grades in the MINT subjects)
  • Technical and mathematical understanding
  • Spatial visualisation capability
  • Physical fitness and ability to work in any weather
  • Communication and teamwork skills
  • Independent working

The apprenticeship is 3.5 years and starts on 1 September. The location is the Technischer Betrieb Harburg (apprenticeship workshop), An der Horeburg 9, 21097 Hamburg, Germany.

Industrial mechanic for maintenance (m/w/d)

Maintaining technical facilities

During your apprenticeship, you will mainly learn how to set up, monitor and maintain technical facilities of ships, barrages, locks and bridges. For this you will manufacture, re-work or install equipment or machine components, start up systems and correctly adjust them, repair defects of machines or source spare parts. You will also discover how to perform quality checks.

Requirements:

  • Secondary school certificate (preferably with good grades in the MINT subjects)
  • Technical and mathematical understanding
  • Spatial visualisation capability
  • Physical fitness and ability to work in any weather
  • Communication and teamwork skills
  • Independent working

The apprenticeship is 3.5 years and starts on 1 September. The location is the Technischer Betrieb Harburg (apprenticeship workshop), An der Horeburg 9, 21097 Hamburg, Germany.

Wood mechanic (m/w/d)

From interior to exterior finishing

The main task of your apprenticeship is the manufacture of furniture and interior finishings made of wood and wood materials. You will learn both craftsmanship techniques as well as the correct use of machines. Additional points of focus include the finishing of surfaces, the installation of pre-fabricated parts, the use of production systems and tools, as well as maintenance work. Schooling in CNC technology is just as part of your apprenticeship as pneumatic and hydraulic courses.

Requirements:

  • Secondary school education / ESA (preferably with good grades in the MINT subjects)
  • Technical and mathematical understanding
  • Spatial visualisation capability
  • Physical fitness
  • Thorough and careful way of working
  • Communication and teamwork skills

The apprenticeship is 3.5 years and starts on 1 August. The location is the Technischer Betrieb Lübecker Ufer, Veddeler Damm 18, 20457 Hamburg, Germany.

Nautik

Port skipper (m/w/d)

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Moving goods and people

This apprenticeship gives you the knowledge needed for cargo transhipment and passenger transport on tugboats, barges and ferries. 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.

VRequirements:

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

The apprenticeship is 3 years and starts on 1 September. The location is the Überseebrücke, Pontonanlage Ost, 20459 Hamburg, Germany.

Apprenticeship port skipper at HPA

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. 

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

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

 Sophia Graze

[Translate to English:] Sophia Graze

For apprenticeships
Phone: +49 40 42 84 7-2457
Emaill: sophia.graze@hpa.hamburg.de

Sonja Prieske

Sonja Prieske

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

Lena Böttcher

Lena Böttcher

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For dual studies 
Phone: +49 40 42 84 7-5227
Email: lena.boettcher@hpa.hamburg.de

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