Celebrating our Five-Star Working Waterfront
Celebrating our Five-Star Working Waterfront

Looking for a Great Career?

Did you know….


$67,000 - average annual salary before benefits for maritime industry employees – more than $20,000 above the average wage in Washington!


$79,000 – average annual salary of ship building and repair employees


$83,000 – average annual wage of Marine Engineers and Naval Architects


$72,000 – average annual wage of Crane and Tower Operators


$71,000 – average annual wage of Captains, Mates and Pilots


Washington State Maritime in 2015 generated $37.5 billion in revenues and was responsible
for more than 148,000 jobs.


How do you get into a great maritime career? Check out this awesome Maritime Employment Resource Guide, which was developed by the Center for Wooden Boats.


Here are some of the Washington training programs you might check out:


Ballard Maritime Academy

Training programs



Clatsup Community College

Maritime training, certification and licensing programs



Compass Courses Maritime Training

Maritime training, certification and licensing programs



Crawford Nautical School

Maritime training, certification and licensing programs



Flagship Maritime Training Center

Maritime training, certification and licensing programs



Fremont Maritime Services

Maritime safety training programs



Fryar’s Maritime Service

Maritime training, certification and licensing programs



Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Motorcycle, Marine and Power Service Technology



Maritime Training Services

General training



Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building

Boat building




Vessel Safety Program



Olympic College Manufacturing




Pacific Maritime Institute
Maritime training, certification and licensing programs



Renton Technical College




Seattle Central Community College

Maritime training, certification and licensing programs



Seattle Maritime Academy

Training, certification and licensing programs



Skagit Valley College - The Northwest Center of Excellence for Marine

Manufacturing and Technology



Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center

Diesel Power. Tech, Welding



South Seattle Community College




The Anchor Program

Maritime training, certification and licensing programs



University of Washington

School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences



University of Washington

School of Marine and Environmental Affairs



U.S. Maritime Academy

Maritime training, certification and licensing programs



Washington State Patrol Fire Training Academy

Marine Firefighter Training



Youth Maritime Training Association

K-12 programs to promote Maritime careers



Zenith Maritime

Maritime training, certification and licensing programs



Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, Community Attributes  (2013).


Seattle Maritime 101 and Seattle Times' Newspapers in Education: Bringing Maritime to the Classroom

The Seattle Propeller Club, Port of Seattle, Vigor, Harley Marine, The Seattle Times’ Newspapers in Education (NIE) program and the maritime industry partnered together to produce a series of special 12-page newspaper supplements. The supplements featured a cargo hold full of stories about the value of maritime industry to our community and region.


The supplements also were distributed to classrooms throughout the Puget Sound region. The Seattle Times NIE currently serves over 44,000 students and nearly 1,100 educators in Washington state. Over 70% of NIE students are middle school-college level, and over 41% of NIE educators teach some type of STEM education in their classroom.

Click on the photo below to read the 2016 Maritime 101 supplement.

Click on the photo below to read the 2015 Maritime 101 supplement.

Click on the photo below to read the 2014 Maritime 101 supplement.

Upcoming Events

Join the celebration of our working waterfront this April through June during the Harley Marine Seattle Maritime Festival. Key Dates:


April 19      

Seattle Propeller Club Luncheon             


April 22

Duwamish Clean-Up/Earth Day


May 11

Stories of the Sea

Highliner Public House

Fishermen’s Terminal


May 12

Walking tour of Fishermen’s Terminal


May 13

Family Fun Day

@ Seattle Maritime Academy

4455 Shilshole Ave NW

Just east of the Ballard Bridge


Experience Maritime! Don’t miss the free fun including interactive displays, three Ship Canal Boat Tours, kid’s activities, demonstrations, and other special events


May 19     

Maritime Festival Breakfast

Marriot Waterfront Hotel


June 9

NOAA Open House

12 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Western Regional Center

7600 Sand Point Way NE


June 21

Seattle Propeller Club Luncheon


All events subject to change.

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