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“It’s an affordable, well-made course that thrives with boatbuilding traditions of the Pacific Northwest.” —J. Gerald Smith

The Marine Carpentry Program is being revised so new applications are not being accepted. For more information, please contact the Wood Technology Center: (206) 934-5460

Marine Carpentry

AAS Degree or Certificate of completion
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, 138 credits
Certificate of completion, 118 credits

Program Overview

  • Students may begin any quarter.
  • Marine Carpentry may be a good fit for you if you are interested in the boat building industry, are detail-oriented, and enjoy hands-on work.
  • Areas of study include lofting and layout, fiberglass lay-up and repair, spray gun techniques, boat construction and repair, and residential and industrial joinery; plus math and computer computation.
  • Marine Carpentry jobs include employment in custom and commercial boat building shops and repair yards, or related trades.

Our six-quarter Marine Carpentry program is designed to prepare students for employment in wood and composites boat building, boat repair, or a related trade. The curriculum is designed to provide practical hands-on education. Students learn the craft by working on assigned boat projects. The class atmosphere is similar to an actual boat building shop. You’ll learn lofting and layout, fiberglass lay-up and repair, wood boat construction and repair, and interior and exterior joinery. Class sizes vary from 16-18 students for each instructor. The Marine Carpentry class has been offered since 1936 as a program of Edison Technical School (which became part of Seattle Central in 1967). Seattle, a major port and marine-industry hub, is a perfect place to put your earned boat building skills to work. Career opportunities for successful students range from custom and commercial boat building shops and repair yards to finish carpentry, cabinetmaking, and millwork.