education requirements


expected salary range

$44K to $93K

training area


Make connections. Really, really strong connections.

Uses hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to join metal components or fill holes, indentations or seams on board ships and boats, or in port. This is a truly great, long-term career with great pay for a person who loves to build big things with a high degree of precision. It’s kind of like being a heavy-metal surgeon.

Here’s what you need:

  • High school diploma or GED required
  • Industry training certification recommended

Here’s where you get it:

ApprenticeshipSheet Metal Workers – Local Union 23 JATC – AnchorageNoJourneyman’s License4 years/ 8,000 hours
ApprenticeshipIron Workers – Local Union 751- Anchorage and FairbanksNoCertificate; Journeyman’s License2-5 years
ApprenticeshipAlaska Laborers Training – Training Center – Chugiak and FairbanksNoCertificate; Journeyman’s LicenseVarious
Industrial WeldingAVTEC – SewardNoAWS, ASME1080 hours
Confined Space Entry/RescueAVTEC – SewardNoCompletion Certificate2 Days
Marine WeldingAVTEC – SewardNoCompletion Certificate5 Days
Maritime OSHA 10AVTEC – SewardNoCompletion Certificate OSHA2 Days
Shipyard Competent PersonAVTEC – SewardNoCompletion Certificate OSHA3 Days
Various Welding CoursesUAF Bristol Bay CampusOECAWSVarious
Various Welding CoursesUAA/KPC Kachemak Bay Campus – Homeryes (opt.)AWSSemester
Various Welding CoursesUAS Ketchikan CampusNoNoSemester
Welding O.E.UAS Ketchikan CampusNoNo45 weeks
Introduction to WeldingUUAF Bristol Bay Campus – DillinghamNoNo2 days

AMEC is a 2021 Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE).

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