Maritime Industry Booming! Help Wanted! Vigor


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 Training

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 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

Important Dates
Information Sessions – May 29 and June 5
(Can’t make a session? Contact an advisor. See below)

Preparation Training – June 10 – June 28

Class Times
July 1 – December 13 (two quarters)
9:00 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