Maritime Shipyard Welding

at the Harbor Island Training Center

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Maritime Shipyard Welding


The Maritime Shipyard Welding Certificate program provides training in welding theory, process and application understanding in the context specific to the marine industry. Focus includes Shielded Metal Arc Welding {SMW), tack welding, SMAW-1F/2F-horizontai/3F-vertical/ 4F-overhead fillet weld positions, joint fit-up, back-gouging and other skills applied to a shipyard work environment.

Other competencies include welds in vertical and overhead positions for marine operations and accomplishing welds out of doors in all weather conditions and in areas not easily accessible. Students will test for a range of maritime recognized certifications including NAVSEA and American Welding Society {AWS) certifications.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Certificate Full Time:
Part Time:

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

There are no entry requirements for this program

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss specific career goals and recommended coursework.

  • Maritime Shipyard Welding Technician

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All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

Quarter Start Dates: Please contact for the next start date.

Students may still enroll in the program during other quarters to begin their related academic classes (Not required if a student has already completed these classes. Students must provide an official transcript.).

Class Times: Check the online class schedule. Students will meet during the class timeframe listed, however in order to maintain safe distances in on-site labs students will be grouped and have specified times on campus. Please check with your instructor for more information.

Other related academic classes are required that meet outside of these class times. These classes can be completed online and/or in-person depending on availability. Check with an advisor regarding when to take related academic classes.


Course Course ID Credits Availability

Exploration of the applications and criteria for selecting the most widely used welding and weld-related metal joining processes, including, GMAW, FCAW, SMAW, GTAW, submerged metal arc, oxyacetylene, brazing, soldering and cutting, plasma arc cutting and resistance welding. Covers types of welds and weld joints.

WFT 100 5.0

Learn to read and interpret industrial prints for both mechanical and structural welded fabrications. Includes interpreting various views and types of prints and welding symbols and their application.

WFT 105 5.0

Practice safe and efficient use of oxyacetylene flame for cutting and joining applications. Perform sound welds using the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) process.

WFT 120 6.0

Learn advance configurations and position for welding with the Shielded Metal Arc Welding process including vertical and overhead. Prepare for the WABO certification testing procedure. Prereq: Placement into Engl 105 and Math 110 or instructor permission. Coreqs: Any of the following: TDR 131, ENGL 101 or ENGL 105 with ICT 103, MAT 110, PSYC 240, WFT 115.

WFT 121 6.0

Lab practice and competencies with equipment, multiple positions and applications of FCAW uses (Inner shield/Duel Shield). Combines weld theory, operation of OXY-Acetylene, and SMAW processes, using mild steel, low alloy and stainless steel.

WFT 125 6.0

Learn to adapt welding techniques to the marine industry. Apply Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW), tack welding, joint fit-up, back-gouging and other skills in a shipyard work environment. Includes practice with welds in vertical and overhead positions for marine operations and accomplishing welds outdoors in all weather conditions and in areas not easily accessible.

WFT 144 6.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

Emphasizes application of mathematics in professional technical courses.

MATH 110 3.0