Working at the port

A variety of jobs can be found at the Port of Amsterdam. There are huge differences in terms of the duties and level. It is not feasible to list all the jobs available, but you can get a feel for the positions that are available at the port here.

 

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Positions at the port

A variety of jobs can be found at the Port of Amsterdam. There are huge differences in terms of the duties and level. It is not feasible to list all the jobs available, but you can get a feel for the positionss that are available at the port here.

Administrative logistics employee (film)

Watch and listen to Kirsten Mater, 29, who works in administration for the Ter Haak Groep.

Role description
As an administrative logistics employee, you deal with incoming and outgoing goods for sea and road transport. That means helping to receive and check materials. You prepare shipments and often put these together from multiple orders (assembly). You also ensure that carriers have the right transport documents, such as customs declarations. You register all this as part of day-to-day administration.

Requirements
You will think and work at an secondary vocational education (MBO), and can speak and write fluent Dutch and reasonable English.

Typical salary
Starting scale €1,700 per month
Up to €2,200 per month

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Assembly employee 

Role description
As an assembly employee, you put together entire or parts of hydraulic or mechanical machines out of various components. It could be an earth-moving machine, which can contain more than 3,000 components! You ensure that the specific components are retrieved from the warehouse, checked and unpacked. You use detailed parts lists, specifications and tight schedules to help you. Once you have assembled your product or machine, you of course need to check that it meets the quality and safety standards.

Requirements
Pre-vocational secondary education (VMBO). You need to have the passion and knowledge when it comes to hydraulic and mechanical systems. Many companies offer their own training courses to build up the specific knowledge and skills required.

Assistant head of operations and planning

Role description
For this role, you need to have an eye for detail, be well organised and be able to make decisions. You gather all the relevant information on agents, hauliers, shipping companies and recipients in order to plan shipping and freight forwarding operations. Each day you prepare the planning and make sure that the teams, the number of people and the materials are coordinated as best and as efficiently as possible. If the head of operations and planning is off site, you are in charge of the definitive planning. Moreover, you keep in daily contact with recruitment agencies. You also help to check that quality, employment and environmental regulations are being implemented and complied with, and you help improve business and logistics processes. Good communication skills are vital, since you will be in contact with customers and suppliers.

Requirements
Higher professional (HBO) level / Scientific (WO) level / Broad knowledge of logistics and logistics processes / At least 2-3 years of experience in an operational environment / Able to speak and write fluent English.

Progression opportunities
Head of operations and planning

Employers
Include VCK

Boatman

Role description
Boatmen, also known as handymen, help vessels to moor and cast off, or rather they help to secure or unsecure them from the quay. As a handyman or woman, you take the vessel’s mooring lines and tie them to the posts on the quay wall. You also do the same thing in reverse when the ship is ready to depart. You work closely with the vessel’s crew when mooring. The work is very physically demanding, as the vessel’s mooring lines can weigh dozens of kilograms.

Requirements
Pre-vocational secondary education (VMBO) as a minimum.

Car logistics operator

Role description
A car logistics operator is the term used to refer to someone who carries out stevedoring work on car-carrying ships. You move cars around the port and drive them onto and off vessels (roll on/roll off), making sure they have been secured or unsecured as appropriate. The latter task is a huge logistical team effort, which needs to be carried out strictly to plan. Sometimes, you will be dealing with hundreds of cars at the same time. The longer the ship is stuck in port, the more it costs. As well as moving cars, you will also make sure that they are fuelled and washed.

Requirements
Pre-vocational secondary education (VMBO) of working and thinking. Category B driving licence. Some experience of using a computer (PDA) is a bonus.

Car repair operator

Role description
As a car repair operator, your job is to move cars and carry out minor repairs or adjustments to the vehicles. The vehicles are brought in by ship or by road (often leased cars). You could be installing radios, applying stickers or replacing rims. Furthermore, you prepare any cars with paint damage ready for treatment by the spray painters. This could involving buffing out light damage, masking parts that are not to be painted and any other simple preparation work.

Requirements
Pre-vocational secondary education (VMBO)in a technical field or similar level of education. At least 1 year of experience in similar work. Category B driving licence.

Car sprayer (film)

Watch and listen to Astrid Cornelisse, 44, who works as a car sprayer at Koopman Car Terminal.

Role description
The term car sprayer says it all. You operate the machines to apply primer and paint to cars. You read the drawings yourself and tape down the parts that are not meant to be sprayed. The work requires the utmost concentration when it comes to preparing the equipment and paint, as you need to get the exact mixing ratio and the right thickness. Moreover, you test the colours and quality, and rectify minor faults. Of course, you need to clean and maintain the spray gun, the drying and blasting cabin, paint mixer and degreasing machine.

Requirements
Secondary vocational education (MBO). You will have an interest in technology and can master painting techniques like Airmix, HVLP and electrostatic spraying. Some companies offer (paid) sandwich courses through the Regional Community College.

Typical salary
Starting scale €1,650 per month
Up to €2,000 per month

Employers
Include Hitachi and Koopman Car Terminal

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Construction worker

Role description
As a construction worker, you build tailor-made components in order to assemble machine parts. This could be a lifting arm of an earth-moving machine, for example. You use construction moulds to help you do this. Usually these are already prepared, but now and again you will have to make these moulds yourself. Moreover, you make sure that the various components are fit and stuck firmly together, with welding sometimes involved. Finally, you check the quality of new machine parts and ‘seal’ them with a new production number.

Requirements
Pre-vocational secondary education (VMBO). Knowledge of MIG/MAG welding processes is sometimes required.

Progression opportunities
You can develop yourself further to become a specialist welder or team leader, for example.

Controller

Role description
The controller is in charge of checking whether licences, permits and other regulations are being duly complied with and who is responsible for them. As a controller, you have specific area of work; one controller might focus more on technology and machines, while another monitors working practices and procedures. Owing to the international and versatile nature of the port, there are quite a few rules and agreements to deal with. As a controller, you also need to frequently consult with companies and carry out inspections – sometimes announced, but usually unannounced. If required, you will need to offer assistance if penalties are issued.

Prior training
Pre-vocational secondary education (VMBO) or secondary vocational education (MBO), depending on the type of controller work.

Driver – fork-lift truck

Role description
As a fork-lift truck driver, you transport a variety of products around the industrial estate using a fork-lift truck. Your working environment depends on the type of business. Sometimes the emphasis is on loading and unloading railway wagons and trucks. For other companies, you may be working more inside the warehouse. You collect goods from their storage locations, stack pallets on top of each other, and load and unload goods between locations. Your work as a fork-lift driver is often combined with that of an order picker.

Typical salary
Starting scale €1,550 per month
Up to €1,850 per month

Employers
Include VCK

Driver – large vehicle

Role description
As a ship broker (or shipping agent), you are the point of contact at the port for one or more shipping companies. You oversee loading and unloading of vessels and ensure that goods are stored and transported. You take care of all the formalities for the vessel and its cargo with the various authorities, such as pilotage, the port company, customs, goods handlers, shippers and freight forwarders. Often, you will also take care of the crew of the vessel, including responsibility for wages, medical care and supplies. Sometimes, you need to sort out visas, flights and hotel accommodation. And everything needs to be done as quickly as possible, otherwise the ship can’t leave the port. You will be working under pressure at all times. As a tramp shipbroker, you run your own business and need to organise your own work. As a line shipbroker, you do the same work but you are employed by a shipping company and have customers assigned to you.

Requirements
Secondary vocational education (MBO) level 4

Driver - Ro-Ro

Role description
The port is an enormous area, home to numerous companies that work together and exchange materials and documents with each other. Often this needs to happen quickly, especially if a vessel is about to set sail. As a driver of a car, van or minibus, you ensure that goods, passengers, documents and packages arrive at their destinations quickly and safely. You are of course responsible for your ‘own’ vehicle.

Requirements
Category B driving licence

Driver – small vehicle

Role description
The port is an enormous area, home to numerous companies that work together and exchange materials and documents with each other. Often this needs to happen quickly, especially if a vessel is about to set sail. As a driver of a car, van or minibus, you ensure that goods, passengers, documents and packages arrive at their destinations quickly and safely. You are of course responsible for your ‘own’ vehicle.

Requirements
Category B driving licence

Driver – straddle carrier

Role description
A straddle carrier is a typical port vehicle. This machine is used to move large shipping containers across the port, usually between storage areas, trucks and trains. The cabin is thirteen metres high, so you need to have a head for heights. You receive loading and unloading instructions from the planners through a computer system. As a straddle carrier driver, you are a vital link in the long logistics process chain. Your duties rely heavily on loading or unloading vessels by cranes. On top of that, you will also often have to check seals, ensure containers are loaded/unloaded safely, or work on the reach stacker.

Requirements
Pre-vocational secondary education (VMBO)or secondary vocational education (MBO). Category B driving licence as a minimum. Ideally some experience with transport around the port.

Progression opportunities
Experienced operational staff/straddle carrier drivers may ultimately become a crane operator as well.

Fixed crane operator

Role description
As a fixed crane operator, you sit in a fixed crane which hoists goods from one place to another, such as from a vessel, along the quay or on/off a train. Many stevedoring companies have their own fixed cranes and crane operators. As part of your duties, you keep in contact with colleagues on the ground such as the riggers (the crane operator on the ground) and stevedores. Plus, you consult with the supervisor and/or foreman on working procedures.

Typical salary
Starting scale €2,000 per month
Up to €3,100 per month

Employers
Include VCK

Freight forwarder

Role description
As a freight forwarder, you plan and manage cargo transport for a variety of customers. The idea is to collect as many orders as possible from different traders and producers and combine them into one transport load. Therefore there is some calculation, managing and administrative work involved. In addition, you need to negotiate prices, draw up contracts, and provide freight documents, customs letters and other paperwork. You will closely monitor transport planning and loading/unloading times.

Requirements
Higher professional level (HBO) / Scientific level (WO) in freight forwarding / distribution / transport / logistics management

Freight forwarding administrative commercial employee

Role description
In this office-based role, you are responsible for receiving and dispatching shipments to places like Africa and Asia. You keep in contact with customers and shipment lines and you take care of correspondence – in writing, by telephone and in person. You also ensure that carriers have the right transport documents, such as customs declarations and invoices, and process these as part of day-to-day administration. Above all, you make sure everything runs quickly and smoothly, because any delays could result in unnecessary extra costs.

Requirements
The ability to think at an secondary vocational education (MBO), specialising in logistics. You speak fluent Dutch and English, and ideally some French. You are familiar with Windows. Experience in roll-on/roll of is an advantage.

Typical salary
Starting scale €1,750 per month
Up to €2,250 per month

Handyman

Role description
Handymen help vessels to moor and cast off, or rather they help to secure or unsecure them from the quay. As a handyman or woman, you take the vessel’s mooring lines and tie them to the posts on the quay wall. You also do the same thing in reverse when the ship is ready to depart. You work closely with the vessel’s crew when mooring. The work is very physically demanding, as the vessel’s mooring lines can weigh dozens of kilograms.

Requirements
Pre-vocational secondary education (VMBO).

Machine operator (film)

Watch and listen to Nino Jasak, 31, who works as a machine operator at Hitachi.

Role description
As a machine operator, you operate different production machines. These machines of course vary between companies. You have packaging machines, cutting machines, moulding machines, wood processing machines, you name it. As each machine has a different way of operating and its own settings and safety procedures, it is crucial that you easily understand technical drawings and instructions. During production, you check the quality of the workpieces and adjust the machine accordingly if required. Many companies want their operators to be able to work on as many machines as possible. That means a lot of variety is involved.

Requirements
Pre-vocational secondary education (VMBO). Sometimes specific training requirements apply, such as knowledge of MIG/MAG welding.

Typical salary
Starting scale €1,650 per month
Up to €2,100 per month

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Mariner

Role description
As a mariner, you will be responsible along with the helmsman and any other sailors for the maintenance and appearance of the ship. You will help with duties such as lubricating and inspecting the engines, and cleaning and painting the exterior. At the port, you will help navigate during special manoeuvres, such as mooring and casting off, in cooperation with the handyman. You should keep a watchful eye out during loading and unloading, and make sure the ship is ready to set sail for its next voyage. Of course, the work is highly dependent on the type of vessel you work on. But mariners on passenger, carrier, inland or sea vessels can be found everywhere.

Requirements
Completed training as a mariner in inland navigation.

Mobile crane operator

Role description
A mobile crane operator drives a mobile crane that is typically used to move or dig loose material such as sand, gravel, mud and coal. You often receive instructions from the rigger (the crane operator on the ground) or the stevedore. Of course you also give signals back to them. The working environment can be quite different, depending on whether you work with a dredger, a floating crane or a quay crane. As a mobile crane operator, you help to assemble the crane in the right place or on a rail and ensure it is ready for use. You need to maintain the crane and carry out minor repairs to ensure goods are hoisted smoothly and securely.

Typical salary
Starting scale €2,000 per month
Up to €3,100 per month

Progression opportunities
Supervisor, technical assistant or team leader.

Order picker (film)

Watch and listen to Samaro Karsters, 31, who works as a warehouse worker/order picker for DSV Solutions.

Role description
As an order picker, you load, unload and move products within a warehouse (and port warehouses are usually huge!). You work according to an order picking list, which is a list full of barcodes indicating what goods and how much you need to retrieve from the stock. It could be one item, a box or an entire pallet. Many order pickers therefore operate a reach truck or work as a fork-lift truck driver too. You also help fork-lift truck drivers with loading and unloading, and take care of the formalities involved in releasing goods from the warehouse.

Requirements
Pre-vocational secondary education (VMBO).

Typical salary
Starting scale €1,400 per month
Up to €1,750 per month

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Pilot

Role description
A pilot is responsible for guiding vessels into and around the port. Many pilots have a specialisation. So you could be a sea pilot, river pilot or port pilot. The work of a pilot can also vary. You could pilot vessels remotely (using radar images, for example), operate the pilot boat that guides vessels between the sea and the port, or stand on the bridge of a vessel and instruct its master and helmsman. You will know the port and the waterways inside out, namely where any shallow water, hazards, tides, locks and other traffic routes on the water lie. As a pilot, you are also often involved in planning changes to the port or shipping routes.

Prior training
Depending on the type of pilotage work, you need to have had the right maritime training.

Progression opportunities
There is a wide range of specialisations available in pilotage.

Employers
There is a wide range of specialisations available in pilotage.

Port operations officer

Role description
You will primarily ensure that the loading and unloading of vessels runs smoothly, using a fork-lift truck where necessary. You are a vital link in the chain – after all, time is money. You check the picking lists and handle the administration. Of course, you come into contact with a lot of other employees, both at the port and on board vessels. And you will need to speak English, which you will have learnt as part of your studies.

Requirements
Pre-vocational secondary education (VMBO). You could take a sandwich course for a port worker level 1 or 2 through a Regional Community College such as the Nova College. You will have also taken a health & safety course at level VVA1.

Progression opportunities
You can progress to the role of bridge crane operator, team leader or process coordinator.

Employers
Through Stichting BORA, you could work for Ter Haak Group (United Stevedores), IGMA, OBA, Ceres or VCK.

Port worker

Role description
You will primarily ensure that the loading and unloading of vessels runs smoothly, using a fork-lift truck where necessary. You are a vital link in the chain – after all, time is money. You check the picking lists and handle the administration. Of course, you come into contact with a lot of other employees, both at the port and on board vessels. And you will need to speak English, which you will have learnt as part of your studies.

Requirements
Pre-vocational secondary education (VMBO). You could take a sandwich course for a port worker level 1 or 2 through a Regional Community College such as the Nova College. You will have also taken a health & safety course at level VVA1.

Role description
You will primarily ensure that the loading and unloading of vessels runs smoothly, using a fork-lift truck where necessary. You are a vital link in the chain – after all, time is money. You check the picking lists and handle the administration. Of course, you come into contact with a lot of other employees, both at the port and on board vessels. And you will need to speak English, which you will have learnt as part of your studies.

Requirements
Pre-vocational secondary education (VMBO). You could take a sandwich course for a port worker level 1 or 2 through a Regional Community College such as the

Port worker – general control

Role description
This job is carried out for a stevedoring company. You perform administrative checks in the field of quality and health, safety and environmental legislation, check goods for the make, quantity and damage, and process the associated documents. It is also your job to digitally make sure the fork-lift truck driver knows where to move the goods, and you also need to label the goods and record the stevedoring plans. At the gate, you check materials delivered (such as trailers) for damage, ensure that loading and unloading information is accurate, and supervise third-party access and compliance with security and customs directives.

Requirements
Pre-vocational secondary education (VMBO) / Safety Checklist for Contractors (VCA) / Internal training for checking loads.

Progression opportunities
You could expand your role to load controller or crane operator, or stevedoring manager or team leader.

Employers
Include VCK

Ship broker

Role description
As a ship broker (or shipping agent), you are the point of contact at the port for one or more shipping companies. You oversee loading and unloading of vessels and ensure that goods are stored and transported. You take care of all the formalities for the vessel and its cargo with the various authorities, such as pilotage, the port company, customs, goods handlers, shippers and freight forwarders. Often, you will also take care of the crew of the vessel, including responsibility for wages, medical care and supplies. Sometimes, you need to sort out visas, flights and hotel accommodation. And everything needs to be done as quickly as possible, otherwise the ship can’t leave the port. You will be working under pressure at all times. As a tramp shipbroker, you run your own business and need to organise your own work. As a line shipbroker, you do the same work but you are employed by a shipping company and have customers assigned to you.

Requirements
Secondary vocational education (MBO) level 4

Shipping agent

Role description
As a shipping agent (or ship broker), you are the point of contact at the port for one or more shipping companies. You oversee loading and unloading of vessels and ensure that goods are stored and transported. You take care of all the formalities for the vessel and its cargo with the various authorities, such as pilotage, the port company, customs, goods handlers, shippers and freight forwarders. Often, you will also take care of the crew of the vessel, including responsibility for wages, medical care and supplies. Sometimes, you need to sort out visas, flights and hotel accommodation. And everything needs to be done as quickly as possible. Otherwise, the ship can’t leave the port. You will be working under pressure at all times. As a tramp shipbroker, you run your own business and need to organise your own work. As a line shipbroker, you do the same work but you are employed by a shipping company and have customers assigned to you.

Requirements
Secondary vocational education (MBO) level 4

Spray painter

Watch and listen to Astrid Cornelisse, 44, who works as a spray painter at Koopman Car Terminal.

Role description
The term spray painter says it all. You operate the machines to apply primer and paint to cars. You read the drawings yourself and tape down the parts that are not meant to be sprayed. The work requires the utmost concentration when it comes to preparing the equipment and paint, as you need to get the exact mixing ratio and the right thickness. Moreover, you test the colours and quality, and rectify minor faults. Of course, you need to clean and maintain the spray gun, the drying and blasting cabin, paint mixer and degreasing machine.

Requirements
Secondary vocational education (MBO). You will have an interest in technology and can master painting techniques like Airmix, HVLP and electrostatic spraying. Some companies offer (paid) sandwich courses through the Regional Community College.

Typical salary
Starting scale €1,650 per month
Up to €2,000 per month

Employers
Include Hitachi and Koopman Car Terminal

Stevedore

Role description
Stevedore is the maritime term for someone who loads and unloads vessels. You never work alone; most of the time you will be working as part of a team, led by a chief stevedore. The work is as varied as the goods are. You could be dealing with bags, then barrels, boxes or rolls, and working with nets, slings, pallets or racks. Car-carrying ships also involve another degree of variety (see car logistics operator). Moreover, as a stevedore, you are the eyes and ears of the crane operator. You give them instructions on where to lift the goods and how, using a radio and hand signals. And, of course, it is your job to ensure that the goods are firmly secured to the crane or ship. As a stevedore, safety is your number 1 priority.

Stevedoring manager (film)

Watch and listen to Erik van der Ham, 37, who works as a stevedoring manager at VCK.

Role description
As a stevedoring manager, you are a member of the management team of a port company that focuses on international transport, logistics and storage. It is a versatile role with a lot of responsibility. You draw up annual plans and budgets, help to establish collective agreements and check that the daily administrative and operational processes are being conducted in accordance with ISO, VCA, ISPS and other standards. Additionally, you are responsible for the recruitment, training and absenteeism policies, but you are equally involved in customer acquisition and ICT. In a nutshell, as a stevedoring manager, you are responsible for all the day-to-day processes of the operational part of the business.

Requirements
For this position, you will have completed education beyond higher professional (HBO) level and have at least five years of relevant work experience, preferably in logistics. You will love working with technical and ICT developments and hold some specific management certificates, such as a valid VCA diploma for managers. It is also important that you speak and write fluently in English.

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Team leader

Role description
As a team leader, you are in charge of the day's operations, such as loading, unloading, moving, storing and forwarding goods. You manage a team of your own people and temporary staff, and hold performance reviews. It is your responsibility to give proper instructions and ensure high-quality work is carried out efficiently. You liaise with other team leaders to coordinate tasks. You also make sure quality, safety, environment and health regulations are complied with.

Requirements
Secondary vocational education (MBO) / expertise in logistic processes, loading, unloading and storage / specialist middle management course or training / Safety Checklist for Contractors (VCA) diploma for managers / emergency response (BHV) certificate

Progression opportunities
Assistant head of operations and planning

Employers
Include VCK

Warehouse worker (film)

Watch and listen to Samaro Karsters, 31, who works as a warehouse worker/order picker for DSV Solutions.

Role description
As a warehouse worker, you load, unload and move products within a warehouse (and port warehouses are usually huge!). You work according to an order picking list, which is a list full of barcodes indicating what goods and how much you need to retrieve from the stock. It could be one item, a box or an entire pallet. Many order pickers therefore operate a reach truck or work as a fork-lift truck driver too. You also help truck drivers with loading and unloading, and take care of the formalities involved in releasing goods from the warehouse.

Requirements
Pre-vocational secondary education (VMBO).

Typical salary
Approx. €19,200 gross per year.

Progression opportunities
Warehouse manager

Employers
Include DSV Solutions

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Water clerk

Role description
As a water clerk you work for a shipping company or ship broker. Your job above all is to ensure that a ship spends as little time at port as necessary. Think of it like racecar making a pit stop. It is all about planning efficiently and a lot of organising. Where at sea are the vessels and which ports do they need to be at? You maintain contact with the captain, usually in a foreign language. You arrange customs clearance for arriving and departing vessels, call for the teams and pilots required, and make sure the documentation in order. You also ensure that the stevedores, shippers and unloaders are all ready to perform their tasks. Plus, you check that the vessel has enough supplies for its next voyage.

Requirements
Higher professional level (HBO) / Scientific level (WO) in freight forwarding / distribution / transport / logistics management

Typical salary
Starting scale €1,750 per month
Up to €2,100 per month

Progression opportunities
Chief water clerk

Welder (film)

Watch and listen to Laurens J. Bronne, 32, who works as a welder at Shipdock Amsterdam.

Role description
Not all welding is the same. That is why you will find all different kinds of welders at the port. You have bench, construction, plate and pipe welders, as well as welders who work at different levels. Many welders are used to repair and maintain vessels (even underwater!), but a lot of your work will be carried out on the quay. In any case, as a welder you join metal parts and components together by creating welding joints. You will also cut, grind, sand and model the metal parts according to diagrams and drawings. After carrying out the welding, you check that the size and quality is right. Of course, you are also responsible for maintaining and cleaning the tools, jigs and measuring equipment.

Requirements
Secondary vocational education (MBO). To become a welder, you must demonstrate knowledge and experience in MIG/MAG welding at NIL level 2 or 3 as a minimum. Any knowledge of other welding processes, such as TIG and electric welding, is a bonus. Many companies offer sandwich courses.

Typical salary
Starting scale €1,750 per month
Up to €2,100 per month

Progression opportunities
Welders are always in demand. You can progress to become a senior welder or a welding foreman. There are a huge number of opportunities to specialise in this field, such becoming an underwater welder.

Employers
Include Shipdock and Hitachi.

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Welding foreman

Role description
As a welding foreman, you carry out welding such as electrode welding or MIG welding at level 3 or 4. In addition, you handle the project management for the team of welders that you work with (4-8 people). You coordinate the work, taking into account your team’s experience, their schedules and the urgency of the job. You issue instructions to your colleagues, help them with technical problems, take care of the planning and keeping track of the hours worked. You also check the quality of the work, using ultrasonic and x-ray equipment, for example. And of course you serve as the point of contact for the subcontractor, controller and the welding manager.

Typical salary
Starting scale €1,900 per month
Up to €2,300 per month

Employers
Include Shipdock and Hitachi.

training

Training by type of profession

Logistics

Good organisation, proper planning, full control and a smooth export flow are vital to make sure that the right goods are in the right place at the right time. From the point that the raw materials are purchased, right up to when the final product is delivered to the buyer.

More information about logistics training.

Working in the logistics sector involves planning the transport, assisting in loading and unloading vessels, storage and stock management as a warehouse worker, but also information management, which means you need to organise where, when and how goods are to be delivered.

There are positions at a variety of levels in logistics. And there are different courses to help prepare you to work in the field. For Pre-vocational secondary education (VMBO)and secondary vocational education (MBO) training, you can contact Amsterdam Regional Community College or Nova College. For higher professional (HBO) level training, speak to Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. There is also the Netherlands Maritime University in Amsterdam, which provides courses at VMBO, MBO and HBO level. In addition, you can undertake training with the Maritime Academy Holland at all levels within the maritime sector.

University courses in the field of logistics are provided by the University of Amsterdam.

Maritime

Amsterdam has a rich maritime history and there is high demand for qualified maritime professionals at the port. In port logistics, inland navigation, shipping, shipbuilding and maritime technique.

More information about maritime training.

Work in the maritime sector is very diverse indeed and there is a wide range of courses at different levels, whether you want to work ashore or on board.

At the Maritime Academy Holland, you can now choose from a broad selection of full-time and business courses, open courses and in-company training. You can undertake training at all levels within the maritime sector here.

There are different courses to help prepare you to work in the field. For Pre-vocational secondary education (VMBO)and secondary vocational education (MBO) training, you can contact Nova College. For higher professional (HBO) level training, speak to the Hogere Zeevaartschool (Maritime Academy), part of Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Technical

There is a wide range of technical professions to be found at the Port of Amsterdam. From technicians at a refinery to electricians at a power station.

More information about technical training.

Thinking of becoming a maintenance technician, who makes sure that all the production processes in a factory run smoothly? Or a general technician, who inspects machines and installations at different companies and ensures that they are working properly? One very different technical profession is welding, which could involve working in a shipyard, machine factory or construction workshop. You could also work in a laboratory, where research is carried out, and with so many cars imported into the country through the port, there are plenty of opportunities in car repair work.

There are positions at a variety of levels in the technical sector. There are different courses to help prepare you to work in the field. For Pre-vocational secondary education (VMBO) and secondary vocational education (MBO) training, you can contact Amsterdam Regional Community College or Nova College. For higher professional (HBO) level training, speak to Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. University courses in the technical sector are provided by the University of Amsterdam.

Administration and finance

Administrative roles exist in a variety of disciplines, such as communications, logistics and finance.

More information about administrative and financial training.

Administration

Every logistics company at the port needs to ensure proper logistical administration.

As an administrative logistics employee, you deal with incoming and outgoing goods for sea and road transport. That means helping to receive and check materials. You prepare shipments and often put these together from multiple orders (assembly). You also ensure that carriers have the right transport documents, such as customs declarations. That’s all part of day-to-day administration.

There are positions at a variety of levels in administration. And there are different courses to help prepare you to work in the field. For Pre-vocational secondary education (VMBO)and secondary vocational education (MBO) training, you can contact Amsterdam Regional Community College or Nova College. For higher professional (HBO) level training, speak to Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. University courses in administration are provided by the University of Amsterdam.

Finance

Companies at the Port of Amsterdam need financial specialists to keep their accounts in order. Such roles encompass debtor management, employee creditor administration and accountancy.

But financial positions are also found at a higher level. As an auditor, for example, you are a financial and economic expert who supports management in steering the organisation.

There are positions at a variety of levels in finance. And there are different courses to help prepare you to work in the field. For Pre-vocational secondary education (VMBO)and secondary vocational education (MBO) training, you can contact Amsterdam Regional Community College or Nova College. For higher professional (HBO) level training, speak to Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. University courses in finance are provided by the University of Amsterdam.

ICT

An ICT specialist is an expert in all aspects of ICT services. The Port of Amsterdam is a logistics hub for millions of European consumers. And products need to get to them at an increasingly rapid rate.

More information about ICT training.

As an ICT specialist, you need to respond to technological developments, determine their relevance and feasibility, and support functional administrators, so that ICT services are optimally tailored to the company’s operations. Are you more of a generalist or someone who wants to play a key role in the day-to-day business? Or are you an analyst who provides strategic information to management? Then there are also roles available as a help desk advisor, functional administrator or business analyst.

There are positions at a variety of levels in ICT. And there are different courses to help prepare you to work in the field. For Pre-vocational secondary education (VMBO) and secondary vocational education (MBO) training, you can contact Amsterdam Regional Community College or Nova College. For higher professional (HBO) level training, speak to Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. University courses in ICT are provided by the University of Amsterdam.

Security

The amount of valuable goods stored by companies at the port and the chemicals and flammable materials that they work with require a high level of security.

More information about security training.

A security officer ensures that the port and industrial area are safe and secure. There are legislation and regulations in place, which lay down why security needs to be ensured and how. Security officers ensure that these are complied with.

They are also charged with reducing risks and increasing the level of security. There are positions at a variety of levels in security. And there are different courses to help prepare you to work in the field. For Pre-vocational secondary education (VMBO)and secondary vocational education (MBO) training, you can contact Amsterdam Regional Community College or Nova College. For higher professional (HBO) level training, speak to Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. University courses in security are provided by the University of Amsterdam.

education

School projects and talks

A visit to the Port of Amsterdam can form part of a wide range of school projects and related subjects.

Dutch National Maritime Museum

The Dutch National Maritime Museum offers a port education programme that allows pupils to discover the past and present of the Port of Amsterdam in an engaging way.

Surprises and challenges lie in store, helping pupils to find out for themselves what really goes on at the fourth largest port in Europe and how this affects their day-to-day lives. There is a port educational programme available for both primary education (under the theme of ‘Shopping at the port’) and secondary education (under the theme of ‘Port promotion team’). Both programmes focus on independent and interactive learning. The programmes make a visit to the museum even more dynamic and profound. Read more about the port educational programmes on the Dutch National Maritime Museum website.

Eneco WindLab

At the WindLab, pupils can learn about wind energy and even get a certificate as a wind specialist. This is a fun way to introduce kids to sustainable energy.

The aim of the WindLab is to impart knowledge about sustainable energy in an inspiring way and allow pupils to really experience wind energy. The WindLab programme has been put together in collaboration with various specialists in the development of interactive teaching materials. The programme covers a number of key learning objectives formulated by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The WindLab is located in the Afrikahaven in Amsterdam until the summer holidays of 2017. There are three parts to the learning programme:
  1. Preparatory lesson: An hour with exercises and teaching materials on the theme of sustainable energy.
  2. The WindLab: In the WindLab, pupils learn about wind energy and build their own wind turbine. They also do some research into wind and get to see a real wind turbine. To round off, there is a quiz where they get the chance to be crowned the WindExpert.
  3. School assignments from teacher’s handbook to apply the knowledge they have gained.
To find out more about the WindLab, visit http://windlab.eneco.nl/leraren and sign up!

Talks

Are you giving a talk soon and want to find out more about the different roles at the Port of Amsterdam? Then watch these videos.