NWTC to provide skilled manpower for shipbuilding

May 23, 2011

From WBAY: “Area Shipbuilders Find Strength in Numbers” — Seven shipbuilders from Marinette to Manitowoc say there’s strength in numbers. They are building more than a dozen ships for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Natural Resources and others. And they expect even more work in the future. As the number of contracts grow so does the work force

6,000 people in the region already make a living in the ship building industry. That number will continue to grow as the builders ramp-up to fulfill contracts. And now there’s a new plan in place to train people to do those jobs.

Marinette Marine is among those shipbuilders ramping up for its contract with the US Navy. They’ll need a lot of manpower. “So this contract alone is expected to bring 6 thousand jobs to northeast Wisconsin, and many many of those people need training,” says Karen Smits from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.


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