Logo-AustalAustal USA joined NMEC in February 2016.  Located in Mobile, Alabama, Austal USA is a full-service shipyard offering design, construction and high-speed vessel service and repair for large, high-speed aluminum vessels.  Austal is the fifth largest shipbuilders in the United States and one of the largest defense contractors in the country.  The company’s shipbuilding facility occupies 164 acres on the eastern shore of the Mobile River and is strategically positioned at the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico.

Click here to visit ILMI's website.Inland Logistics and Marine Institute (ILMI) joined NMEC in January 2016.  A division of West Kentucky Community and Technology College,  ILMI provides training and education for the logistics and marine industries. Located in downtown Paducah, the facility is located near industry for workforce training, ILMI also houses the college’s Logistics and Operations Management and Marine Technology programs. ILMI offers continuing education courses from marine welding, machining, and leadership skills to software training. Training can be customized to meet the specific needs of business and can be delivered at ILMI or on site.  Inland Logistics and Marine Institute at West Kentucky Community and Technical College is leading the way to help expand and grow employees’ skill sets and learning potential.

Workforce development is the central focus of the National Maritime Education Council.  In choppy, uncertain economic waters, NMEC has a new business plan to standardize craft training processes.  Read more…

Shipbuilding & Repair 2014/15, The Official Publication of the Gulf States Shipbuilders Consortium. Cover Story, pp. 10-11.

Marine News article:  Shipyard Recruitment, Training and Retention Roundtable

Alachua, Fla. — NCCER and the National Maritime Education Council (NMEC) announce the release of three standardized, performance‐based curricula for the maritime industry. Maritime Structural Fitter Level 1, Maritime Structural Fitter Level 2 and Maritime Pipefitting Level 2 are now available and include competency‐based modules, case histories, step‐by‐step instructional outlines, trade terminology and review questions.

The programs were developed by industry Subject Matter Experts through NCCER’s processes. The curricula and corresponding assessments provide trainees with globally portable credentials and maritime‐specific knowledge to advance their careers in the industry.

In addition to these releases, the Maritime Core Assessment is now available for use in conjunction with the Maritime Industry Fundamentals curriculum that was released last year. The curriculum contains the Introduction to the Maritime Industry module and NCCER’s Core Curriculum, including the Basic Rigging module. This introductory curriculum serves as a prerequisite to more specific craft training programs in the industry.

“The release of Maritime Structural Fitter Levels 1 and 2 and Maritime Pipefitting Level 2 are huge steps in the development of a comprehensive workforce development system for the industry,” said Mike Torrech, president and CEO of American Maritime Holdings and NMEC chairman. “We expect to see more industry partners using these curricula to develop their workforce.”

NCCER, which is recognized as the training, assessment, certification and career development standard for the construction and maintenance industries, partnered with the Gulf States Shipbuilders Consortium (GSSC) in 2012 to develop jointly‐endorsed maritime construction and repair curricula and assessments. In addition, the NMEC was formed to promote industry involvement in the development, coordination and funding of the initiative. Through this partnership, NCCER, GSSC and the NMEC are currently working together to develop the third level of the maritime structural fitter program. Additional curricula to be developed include levels three and four of the maritime pipefitting program.

About NCCER — NCCER is a not‐for‐profit 501(c)(3) education foundation created by the construction industry to develop standardized curriculum with portable credentials and to help address the skilled construction workforce shortage. NCCER is recognized by the industry as the training, assessment, certification and career development standard for the construction and maintenance craft professional. For more information, visit www.nccer.org or contact NCCER customer service at 888.622.3720.

About NMEC – The National Maritime Education Council (NMEC) was formed by industry in cooperation with the Gulf States Shipbuilding Consortium and NCCER in 2012. The NMEC was founded to provide a comprehensive, standardized, nationally‐recognized and universally available workforce development system that will lead to a pipeline of highly trained and productive workers while reducing costs for the maritime industry. Visit maritimeeducationcouncil.org to learn more about the NMEC.

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NMEC Beyond Shipbuilding: Training and Recruitment in Maritime Professional.

At the recent Gulf States Shipbuilders Consortium’s summer meeting, senior editor Ken Hocke caught up with John Lotshaw to discuss NMEC.  Watch the video.

MarineLink.com’s Insights:  John Lotshaw, Gulf Coast Director of Training and Workforce Development, Ingalls Shipbuilding.  When it comes to training, recruitment and retention issues…  Read MarineLink.com article.