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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

Two quarters of training will prepare you 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 $15-$21 an hour—and begin a career path to higher-level training and higher-paying jobs.

Skill Requirements

  • Vigor TrainingHigh school diploma or GED
  • Math skills at a pre-algebra level
  • Mechanical abilities and interests
  • Able to understand, read and write English at an intermediate level

Other Requirements

  • 18 years or older
  • In need of updated skills or retraining for the manufacturing industry
  • Able to pass a drug test

Vigor TrainingYou may be eligible for funding if you are:

  • Low income and/or unemployed
  • Receiving unemployment insurance or basic food stamps
  • A Veteran

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.