Shipbuilding Technology


Shipbuilding Technology, a specific concentration within the broad range of today's industrial manufacturing, was created as a cooperative effort between San Diego City College School of Math, Engineering & Technologies and National Steel and Shipbuilding's Training and Organizational Development Department. Shipbuilding Technology represents a technological field requiring the application of a variety of applied skills in support of manufacturing in large shipyards and in smaller shipbuilding companies. The education of technologists tends to be less theoretical and less mathematical than that of engineers, but more hardware, process and application oriented.

Statement of Goals:

The primary goals of the program are: 1. Occupational: To prepare students for the changing technology associated with shipbuilding by giving them a fundamental understanding of the trade, skill and management technologies and how they apply to a globally competitive industry. To help students enhance skills so they can advance as technologists and managers of technologists in the shipbuilding industry. 2. Transfer: To enable students to transfer to a four-year baccalaureate degree program in industrial technology. The objectives of the program are: 1. To provide students with a strong foundation in the practical and academic skills necessary for success in upper division study at a four-year college. 2. To give students a strong foundation in the skills necessary for success in current job positions or for promotional opportunities in the shipbuilding industry. 3. To develop students' productivity, efficiency and creativity in the field of shipbuilding technology. 4. To provide students with the knowledge and ability to apply problem solving skills to real shipbuilding issues. 5. To offer students and local employers a complete certification program that can be used as a criterion in hiring processes. 6. To offer local shipbuilding employers and students a sequence of courses leading to a certificate that will improve the skill and abilities of their employees.

Program Emphasis

The program offers instruction in the specific trades, tools, techniques and processes involved in shipbuilding. Teamwork is emphasized, reflecting the interdisciplinary work environment emerging in the shipbuilding industry. The curriculum is project based and emphasizes the integration of technical knowledge with leadership skills to help shipyards achieve desired goals associated with global competition. An associate in science degree will be awarded upon completion of the common core courses and the San Diego City College graduation and general education requirements. In addition, a certificate of achievement may be awarded upon the completion of the courses required for the major.

Career Options

Sheetmetal mechanic, Welder, Electrician, Machinist, Pipefitter, Multi-skilled technician/mechanic, Manufacturing Engineer, Quality Systems Engineer, Supervisor, Shipyard Administrator, CAD/CAM Operator, Vocational Trainer.

Student Learning Outcomes

Through a process of engagement with organizational management and technical shipbuilding curriculum, the student will be equipped to:

  • Explain all facets of shipbuilding technology from supply chain management through final testing the delivery of a completed ship.
  • Read, comprehend and apply best practices in trade design and incorporation of manufacturing techniques to meet specialty requirements in shipbuilding.
  • Identify, explain and utilize methods and best trade practices to maximize safety in shipbuilding technologist worksites and effective management and implementation of trade safety processes.
  • Apply and incorporate principles of effective organizational leadership, including management techniques to supervise technologists in milestone program staging to support standardized and timely manufacturing outcomes.