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


The training center is located in Vigor Industrial’s shipyard at:
1801 16th Avenue SW,Seattle, WA

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!


The booming maritime industry has an increasing need for well-trained, skilled workers to fill the jobs of tomorrow, today. Vigor has partnered with South Seattle Community College to form the Harbor Island Training Center which will serve maritime companies in the Puget Sound region. Your classroom is on-site at Vigor's shipyards and your instructors are industry professionals who teach the necessary skills to become a professional with highly employable skills. The goal of the program is to not only help strengthen Seattle's maritime industry, but produce marketable students who are ready to fill the needs of this flourishing field.

Vigor TrainingTwo 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 their knowledge of welding practices, joint fit-up, pre-weld preparation, back gouging, shear points, weld stress and warpage, and environmental effects on weld procedures
  • Execute shipyard specific skills
  • Safely accomplish welds out of doors in all weather conditions, and more!

Modern industrial craftspeople earn family wages. They make real products with real value, right here in Seattle. You'll be prepared for shipyard-specific welding and fitting positions with wages of $14-$20 an hour—and begin a career path to higher-level training and higher-paying jobs.

Skill Requirements

  • High 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
  • Some welding experience preferred

Other Requirements

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

You 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
1801 16th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98134-1017

For More Information

To talk to an advisor, call (206) 934-5814 or email

For media inquires, please contact Director of Communications for South Seattle College Kevin Maloney at or by phone (206) 934-6875.