Marine Welding

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Marine Welder – Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA) Pre-Hire Program
Associated Credential – AWS Certified Welder-Marine Welder Level 1

May 9-May 26, 2022 (AWS Test May 27, 2022)
June 6-June 24, 2022 (AWS Test June 27, 2022)
August 8-August 25, 2022 (AWS Test August 26, 2022)
September 6-September 23, 2022 (AWS Test September 26, 2022)
October 31-November 17, 2022 (AWS Test November 18, 2022)
November 28-December 15, 2022 (AWS Test December 16, 2022)
Instructors: T. Smith, E. Stewart
Days/Times: Monday-Friday  8:00AM - 4:30PM
Location: Camp Community College Hobbs Suffolk Campus, Mobile Welding Lab
Tuition: $2,124  *Scholarships are available.
WCG Price: $708

Requirements – Be 18+ years or older, High School Diploma or GED
Must wear steel-toe shoes to class – Student must bring a notebook

The course is 3 weeks (120 hours) long, designed to prepare candidates to enter a career in Marine Welding at various shipyards in the region.  The course will cover the basics of stick welding with the AWS certification test included on the last day of class (requires travel to Hampton).  The course provides the skills necessary for entry-level employment in the ship repair industry.

*Students for this class will be selected by the Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA) participating member companies.

To apply, visit

In a partnership with the Virginia Ship Repair Association, students selected for this program may enter into direct employment with a partner employer of VSRA.

For more information, call Camp’s Workforce Development Center at (757) 569-6050.


Job Outlook –
As of the fourth quarter of 2021, total employment in the Hampton Roads Workforce Region for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers was 2,308. 

There is projected annual demand for 202 new entrants into the occupation.

(Source: Jobs EQ Occupation Report Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers, April 2022)

Earnings in the Hampton Roads Workforce Region –
2021 wages for Welding, Cutter, Solderer, and Brazer careers:
Entry Level $40,100 – Mean $52,800 – Experienced $59,200