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NW Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology


The Center supports the growth and development of the marine industries workforce. We do this by engaging in multiple strategies: professional development for industry and faculty; updating skills standards; outreach to underserved and underrepresented communities; conducting research to capture real time data addressing wage and benefit rates, occupational profiles, skill sets, knowledge and education/training/certification/credentialing requirements. The Center stays on top of industry developments such as emerging technologies, materials, best practices, market changes, and trends to develop strategies to meet workforce needs. The Center actively works with industry, association, labor, educational and system partners to do this work.

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Program Highlights


Washington Maritime Blue

Washington’s maritime sector is a global leader in sustainability. Washington Maritime Blue is a strategy to accelerate innovation and create the nation's most sustainable industry by 2050.


Economic Impact of the Maritime Industry

The 2017 Washington State Maritime Cluster Economic Impact Study builds on the success of the 2013 study and capitalizes on the increased understanding of the industry that has been, in large part, facilitated by the creation of the WashingtonMaritime Federation. Through increased dialogue the Federation has fostered, we are better able to capture the nuances within the various sub-sectors and quantify the total impact of the maritime industry and its contributions to the state economy.




The NW Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology serves the entire state of Washington. We partner with these organizations and many others to support students, workers, and businesses in the marine industry.