Maritime Fundamentals

250,000 jobs. That's not just a number needed to fill the jobs created by workers leaving the building and plant construction industry. It's a number created by men and women leaving jobs in shipbuilding, shipyards, ship repair facilities, and offshore rigs - the Maritime industry. This industry - our industry - is facing a skilled workforce crisis due to an aging workforce and dwindling pool of workers from which to draw.

In partnership with the NMEC (National Maritime Education Council), NCCER is developing the first ever standardized and nationally recognized Maritime curricula.


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Additional Instructor Requirements

In addition to our standard instructor requirements, instructors of this craft must achieve:

  • Minimum of three years maritime-related experience


Introduces the facilities, methods, and processes used in the shipbuilding and repair industry. Describes the impact the industry has on the U.S. economy and explores the various craft opportunities available to workers. Provides an overview of the safety practices specific to the industry. Purchase Materials

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NCCER's assessments evaluate the knowledge of an individual in a specific craft area and provide a prescription for upgrade training when needed. All assessments are based upon the NCCER Curriculum and have been developed in conjunction with subject matter experts from the industry. Click the assessment title below to open its specifications.
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Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are a vital part of NCCER's Curriculum development process. SMEs are construction and maintenance professionals who have journey-level experience and have experience teaching their trades to others. Click below to view a list of SMEs who contributed to the development of this series.

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This program includes an introduction to several other NCCER crafts, which allows opportunities for further career development.

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