Gunderson Marine, Portland, Ore., announced recently that it planned to open a training center this spring. The training center opening is aimed at addressing the demand for skilled trades in the local economy. 

The training center, scheduled to open this spring in Portland, will serve as a central hub for trades skills development, offering training in basic metals fitting, industrial safety practices, and various welding techniques. 

The training center will equip participants with skills for meaningful and sustainable careers. After the completion of the paid training program, Gunderson evaluates graduates, offering full-time, living-wage jobs as welders and shipbuilders. The shipyard, based in Portland, employs many program graduates and encourages professional development for its workforce.

Joe Corvelli, COO of Gunderson Marine, expressed enthusiasm for the opening.

"The training center is about more than skills. It's about shaping futures and building careers,” Corvelli said in a statement. “I urge anyone with an interest in welding or shipbuilding to apply for the program." 

Community members, students, and trade enthusiasts are encouraged to fill out an online survey on Gunderson Marine’s website. For facility details, training program benefits, and scholarship information, visit

Gunderson Marine will open the training center this spring at its Portland shipyard. Gunderson Marine photo.