To fund the development of and establish a foundation for a formal workforce development system for the maritime industry by developing standardized curriculum for three crafts—Welding, Pipefitting, and Electrical; and to establish a means to sustain and expand the system to include all shipbuilding and repair production crafts.

To provide a comprehensive, standardized, nationally recognized, and universally available workforce development system that will lead to a pipeline of highly trained and productive workers while reducing costs for the maritime industry.

Critical workforce issues facing the shipbuilding and repair industry:

  • Aging workforce
  • Lack of technically skilled workers
  • Lack of defined, standardized skill sets, curricula, and credentials for production crafts
  • Cost of recruiting, hiring, testing, and training workers
  • High turnover rate 

Leveraging the resources NCCER already has in place, develop a national Maritime Workforce Development program for the shipbuilding and repair industry that includes:

  • Modularized, industry-driven, task-based curricula
  • Portable skills credentials
  • A proven system to accredit instructors and facilities to ensure quality of instruction
  • A proven system to certify individuals who successfully complete training through validated knowledge and skills assessments
  • A national registry to record certifications and to provide individuals and employers with training transcripts and assessment results
  • A sustained career awareness, industry image, and recruitment initiative

Shipbuilding, Ship Repair, Offshore Marine, and Skilled Trade Providers

  • Tier 1 (Employing over 2000*) $60,000
  • Tier 2 (Employing 1,000-2,000*) $40,000
  • Tier 3 Companies (Employing 500-1000*) $20,000
  • Tier 4 Companies (Employing 250-500*) $10,000
  • Tier 5 Companies (Employing under 250*) $5,000

Affiliates – Regional and National Trade Associations, Equipment Manufacturers

  • Platinum $20,000
  • Gold $10,000 
  • Silver $5,000
*Employee count based on the annual average number of full-time employees.

Lower hiring and recruitment costs

  • Increased productivity
  • Lower absenteeism rates
  • Fewer lost time accidents
  • Reduced rework and defects
  • Increased morale
  • Ability to remediate at task level

John Lotshaw – chair Ingalls Shipbuilding
Mike Torrech – vice chair American Maritime Holdings
Audrey Bandy Alabama Technology Network
Charles Broach BAE Systems
Jerome Eymard Bollinger Shipyards
Sandra Koblas Austal USA
Wesley Lane Signal International
Mike Leleux V.T. Halter Marine
Byron Dunn Gulf States Shipbuilders Consortium
Ron Pierce WESCO Gas and Welding Supply, Inc.
Michelle Tomaszewski Virginia Ship Repair Association
Jody Badeaux American Maritime Holdings  Quality Shipyard

We’ve waited long enough. Light the way to the future…


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