Gunderson Marine to Open Training Center

Gunderson Marine. File photo via Greenbrier Companies.

Gunderson Marine plans to open a training center sometime this spring that would serve as a hub for developing trade skills that are in demand in the area, the Portland, Ore.-based company announced Feb. 6.

The new center is expected to offer participants hands-on paid training to learn basic metals fitting, industrial safety practices and welding techniques, according to Gunderson Marine.

“The curriculum will cover basic principles, safety protocols and foundational experience in FCAW (Flux-Cored Arc Welding), SAW (Submerged Arc Welding) and SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) processes,” the company said in a statement on its website.

After participants complete the program, the company plans to evaluate graduates as job candidates for welding and shipbuilding positions, adding that the company hires many program graduates and work toward their workforce’s professional development.

“The training center is about more than skills; it’s about shaping futures and building careers,” said company COO Joe Corvelli. “I urge anyone with an interest in welding or shipbuilding to apply for the program.”

For more on the training center and how to apply, visit

By Karen Robes Meeks