• Entry Level Salary


  • National Median Pay


  • Real Go-Getters Make


  • Source: Emsi, 2022


  • Understand shipyard operation and safety protocol
  • Fitting, setting, and installing fabricated maritime structures
  • Cutting and welding with a variety of processes
  • Metal forming, bending, finishing, and rigging
  • Ability to weld, repair, design, and layout plate or pipe materials
  • Ability to work in shop/field environments and sometimes heights

Education & Training

Education and training that can lead to a successful career may include:

Minimum Education

High school diploma or equivalent

Recommended Education

Certificate in welding, metals fabrication, machining, etc.

Advanced Education

Associates degree in welding, metals fabrication, machining, etc.

Recommended Training

Related naval or shipyard work experience

Advanced Training

Apprenticeship program

Recommended Certification

AWS Certified Welder

Essential Skills

  • Highly motivated and self-directed
  • Flexible and able to work in a team environment or independently
  • Physically fit and manual dexterity
  • Comfortable working with heights
  • Mechanically inclined, able to interpret blueprints, and apply math concepts  

Work Environment

Shipfitters work in naval or shipyard environments; nearly all opportunities exist along the coastal regions.

Career Spotlight 

Jason Hammer, a welding apprentice at Rhoads Industries explains how he got his start in welding and it has unfolded into a successful career working as a welder in the shipyard. Click the video below to see more. 

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The heat map below showcases the total number of job postings for Shipfitters in the last twelve months by state. As shown, the darker the color of the state, the higher the concentration of job postings. The heat map is intended to provide insight into areas where Shipfitter careers are currently in demand.

Top Industries



Ship Building, Subsea Vessels, Maritime Repair, Military and Navy Vessels

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