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:

Course/Program Provider/Location Degree Certification Length
Apprenticeship Sheet Metal Workers – Local Union 23 JATC – Anchorage No Journeyman’s License 4 years/ 8,000 hours
Apprenticeship Iron Workers – Local Union 751- Anchorage and Fairbanks No Certificate; Journeyman’s License 2-5 years
Apprenticeship Alaska Laborers Training – Training Center – Chugiak and Fairbanks No Certificate; Journeyman’s License Various
Combination Welding AVTEC – Seward No AWS, ASME 36 weeks
Various Welding Courses UAF Bristol Bay Campus OEC AWS Various
Various Welding Courses UAA/KPC Kachemak Bay Campus – Homer yes (opt.) AWS Semester
Various Welding Courses UAS Ketchikan Campus No No Semester
Welding O.E. UAS Ketchikan Campus No No 45 weeks