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Course Title Credits
Intro to Welding (Ocy/SMAW) 6
SMAW Shielded Metal Arc Welding 6
Print Read/Weld Symbols 5
FCAW Flux Core Metal Arc Welding 6
Shipyard Intensive 6
Welding Theory 5
Related Math 3


The training center is located in Vigor Industrial’s shipyard at:

1731 13th Ave SW,
Seattle, WA 98134

From I-5 Northbound take Exit 163 and merge onto the West Seattle Bridge

From 1-5 Southbound take Exit 163A for West Seattle Bridge

Once on the bridge:

  • Take the exit towards Harbor Island and stay in the middle lane
  • Remain in lane and turn right at light onto Klickitat Street.
  • Remain in lane and left at the next fork (take the road that slopes up onto the overpass)
  • Follow road until you arrive at Vigor.

Maritime Industry Booming! Help Wanted!

For more information please contact Nick Albritton, Recruitment Specialist, at (206) 934-6746
or email at


The maritime industry needs well-trained, skilled workers today to fill the jobs of tomorrow. To meet these needs, Vigor Industrial Shipyards partnered with South Seattle College to form the Harbor Island Training Center, the Classroom-In-A-Shipyard.  Designed to meet the needs for all maritime companies in Puget Sound, your instructors are industry professionals who teach the necessary skills to become a shipyard welder with highly employable skills. The goal of the program is to strengthen Seattle's maritime industry and to produce marketable graduates who are ready to fill the needs of this flourishing field.

"The Vigor/South Seattle College partnership is deeply valued at Vigor, and is an important pipeline to bring us the future workforce we need. This intensive six-month welding certification program prepares students with the complete 
certifications needed to be employable by Vigor or other employers in the maritime trades."

- Ed Richardson, Operations Manager, Vigor Harbor Island

Program Information

You’ll learn to:

  • Diagnose and cure common welding defects
  • Demonstrate safe operation of oxyacetylene equipment
  • Complete FCAW welds in the vertical position for marine operations
  • Demonstrate knowledge of joint fit-up, back gouging, shear points, weld stress and warpage, and environmental effects on weld procedures
  • Safely accomplish welds out of doors in all weather conditions, and more!

You'll be prepared for shipyard-specific welding and fitting positions with starting wages of $20-25/hour plus full benefits, according to industry and direct graduate wage placement information — with skills to begin a career path to higher-level training and higher-paying jobs.

Program Details

  • Program Length: 6 Months (Two Quarters)
  • Course Times: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m
  • New cohorts starting Fall & Spring Quarters

Program Requirements

  • 18 years or older
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Mechanical abilities and interests
  • Math skills at a pre-algebra level
  • English competency at an intermediate level

Interested in Learning More?

Attending one of our Professional & Technical Information Sessions offer perspective students the opportunity to explore our campus, ask questions and understand the distinct program offerings available at South. Each information session includes an overview of the Maritime Welding program, career and salary outlook, class format and schedules, admissions requirements and tuition and financial assistance. Information Sessions are optional, but all students are highly encouraged to attend.

Getting Started:

Step 1: Apply to South Seattle College

Complete an online application to receive a student ID

Step 2: Attend an Assessment Session

After attending a Professional & Technical Career Training Information Session, students are required to attend a Start Next Quarter (SNQ) funding workshop to ensure funding is in place (or at least started) before the program starts. This workshop also acts as a Student Orientation for Maritime welding students. Please go to for SNQ workshop information.

Step 3: Meet with an Advisor

After attending a Start Next Quarter funding workshop, you will need to contact our Advising department to schedule a meeting. Book your appointment online at or by calling (206) 934-5387

Resources Available to Students

WorkSource: Provides services to aid in your employment search, including job postings, employment assistance, workshops, career counseling, program opportunities and resources and hiring events

Workforce Education: Assists students entering or reentering the workforce through career training, financial aid assistance, job placement assistance and academic planning.

Advising: Advisors at South assist students with placement, educational planning, course selection, degree completion and to provide referrals to other departments on campus who can help you reach your goals.

Tutoring: Academic support, drop-in tutoring centers, small group tutoring and online tutoring are available to ensure that students get the help they need and are able to complete their educational goals.

Class Times

This six-month program starts twice a year in April and in September
8:00 am to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday


Harbor Island Training Center at Vigor Industrial: 1731 13th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98134

For More Information

For more information please contact Nick Albritton, Recruitment Specialist, at (206) 934-6746 or email at

For Media Inquires

For media inquires, please contact Ty Swenson at or by phone (206) 934-6873.

Visit the Welding Fabrication Technology homepage to learn about South’s on-campus program.