Shipbuilding Technology, a specific concentration
within the broad range of today’s industrial manufacturing, was created as a cooperative effort
between San Diego City College School of Math,
Engineering & Technologies and National Steel
and Shipbuilding’s Training and Organizational
Development Department. Shipbuilding Technology
represents a technological field requiring the
application of a variety of applied skills in support
of manufacturing in large shipyards and in
smaller shipbuilding companies. The education of
technologists tends to be less theoretical and less
mathematical than that of engineers, but more
hardware, process and application oriented.
Statement of Goals:
The primary goals of the program are:
- 1. Occupational: To prepare students for thechanging technology associated with shipbuildingby giving them a fundamental understanding of thetrade, skill and management technologies and howthey apply to a globally competitive industry. Tohelp students enhance skills so they can advance astechnologists and managers of technologists in theshipbuilding industry.
- 2. Transfer: To enable students to transfer to afour-year baccalaureate degree program in industrialtechnology. The objectives of the program are:
- 1. To provide students with a strong foundation inthe practical and academic skills necessary forsuccess in upper division study at a four-yearcollege.
- 2. To give students a strong foundation in theskills necessary for success in current jobpositions or for promotional opportunities in theshipbuilding industry.
- 3. To develop students’ productivity, efficiency andcreativity in the field of shipbuilding technology.
- 4. To provide students with the knowledge andability to apply problem solving skills to realshipbuilding issues.
- 5. To offer students and local employers acomplete certification program that can be usedas a criterion in hiring processes.
- 6. To offer local shipbuilding employers andstudents a sequence of courses leading to acertificate that will improve the skill and abilitiesof their employees.
The program offers instruction in the specific
trades, tools, techniques and processes involved in shipbuilding. Teamwork is emphasized, reflecting
the interdisciplinary work environment emerging in
the shipbuilding industry. The curriculum is project
based and emphasizes the integration of technical
knowledge with leadership skills to help shipyards
achieve desired goals associated with global
competition. An Associate of Science Degree will
be awarded upon completion of the common core
courses and the San Diego City College graduation
and general education requirements. In addition, a
certificate of achievement may be awarded upon the
completion of the courses required for the major.
Sheetmetal mechanic, Welder, Electrician, Machinist,
Pipefitter, Multi-skilled technician/mechanic,
Manufacturing Engineer, Quality Systems Engineer,
Supervisor, Shipyard Administrator, CAD/CAM
Operator, Vocational Trainer.
Student Learning Outcomes
Through a process of engagement with
organizational management and technical
shipbuilding curriculum, the student will be
- Explain all facets of shipbuilding technology fromsupply chain management through final testingthe delivery of a completed ship.
- Read, comprehend and apply best practices intrade design and incorporation of manufacturingtechniques to meet specialty requirements inshipbuilding.
- Identify, explain and utilize methods andbest trade practices to maximize safety inshipbuilding technologist worksites and effectivemanagement and implementation of trade safetyprocesses.
- Apply and incorporate principles of effectiveorganizational leadership, includingmanagement techniques to supervisetechnologists in milestone program staging tosupport standardized and timely manufacturingoutcomes.