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Hampton Roads is one of our nation’s biggest shipping ports, and certified combination maritime welders keep those massive ships and barges sea-worthy every day. There are lots of opportunities for maritime welders here in Norfolk, as well as in shipyards and ports all around the world. If you’re looking for an adventurous career with the chance to travel and earn a good living, check out Tidewater Tech’s Combination Maritime Welding Program.
Learning a skilled trade, like combination maritime welding, can be your way out of low-paying, dead-end jobs, and help you chart a course toward success and stability. And if you’re worried that you can’t afford training, don’t be. We offer financial assistance programs to those who qualify. Explore your passion for ship building, metal fabrication and repair, and watch your investment in training quickly pay off.
When you enroll in Tidewater Tech’s Combination Maritime Welding Program, you’ll learn the fundamentals of welding with a focus on the specialized processes involved in the shipbuilding industry. Our supportive, experienced instructors will help you master various welding and metal cutting techniques, different tools and machines, as well as becoming skilled at reading blueprints, taking measurements and assessing hazards.
Best of all, as a full-time student, you could graduate in 48 weeks!
Train hands-on in our new, state-of-the-art welding facility, and before you know it, you could be keeping our nation’s fleet afloat. If you long for nautical life, are good with your hands, and want a secure career that’s always in demand, it’s time to enroll in Tidewater Tech’s Combination Maritime Welding Program.
As a graduate of our Combination Maritime Welding Program, you’ll be ready to put your new PROGRAM skills to work at countless locations, and advance into a number of positions, including:
Whether you are a new student who wants a competitive edge in the job market, or someone who’s already in the workforce who wants to take their career to the next level, there are a number of certifications that combination maritime welders can pursue.
Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) in 3G and 4G positions
Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) in 3G and 4G positions using 3/8-inch-thick ASTM A 36 carbon steel plate
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) in 6G position using 6-inch diameter ASTM A36 carbon steel pipe
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) in 3G and 4G positions using 3/8-inch-thick ASTM A36 carbon steel plate
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) in 3G and 4G positions using 1-inch-thick AASHTO M steel plate
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-Hour Maritime Shipyard Employment Safety Certification
American Welding Society (AWS) Welding Certifications in accordance with AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code-Steel
American Welding Society (AWS) Welding Certifications in accordance with AWS D1.1 B2.1
Specification for Welder Procedure and Performance Qualification
Get the certifications you need and get on with an exciting career in maritime welding!
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Written by Jul DeGeus
With a shortage of welders on the horizon, and just in time for National Welding Month, Tidewater Tech now offers the Combination Maritime Welding Diploma Program.
Hampton Roads is one of our nation’s biggest shipping ports and every day, certified welders keep the community’s ships seaworthy. With American Welding Society forecasting a shortage of 375,000 welders by 2023, Tidewater Tech has expanded its program offerings to include the Combination Maritime Welding Diploma Program. Maritime welders focus their skills on building and repairing ships and boats.
“Enhancing our current Welding training to add the Maritime Welding program will greatlyincrease the skills and marketability of our graduates,” states Campus Executive Director Paula Massey. “Our commitment to community is strong and goes beyond the welding booth; by providing additional opportunities for our graduates to do more and be better, we see our Hampton Roads Region grow and strengthen.”
The Combination Maritime Welding diploma program teaches the fundamentals of welding. It provides each student with the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level employment in a career that utilizes metal fabrication and repair. The program focuses on specialized processes primarily utilized in the shipbuilding and repair industry such as one-inch-thick carbon steel, Gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) training on aluminum which is commonly used in the maritime industry and GTAW on carbon steel pipe which focuses on the necessary skills needed to successfully perform pipe welding applications commonly found in maritime applications. Upon completion of the training, graduates are eligible for the following certifications:
For more information or questions, please call Tidewater Tech at (757) 858-8324 or visit the campus at 4535 East Princess Anne Road, Norfolk, VA 23502.
About Tidewater Tech
Tidewater Tech is a career training school that specializes in trade vocations including Auto Technician, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Building Maintenance and Repair, Welding and Combination Maritime Welding. The school offers professional facilities, knowledgeable instructors, day or evening classes, job placement assistance, and is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE). Tidewater Tech is certified to Operate by SCHEV. Learn more at staging.tidewatertechtrades.edu or like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TidewaterTech.edu/.
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