education requirements

HS/GED

expected salary range

$44K to $93K

training area

Jobs: STATEWIDE

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/ProgramProvider/LocationDegreeCertificationLength
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
Combination WeldingAVTEC – SewardNoAWS, ASME36 weeks
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