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Skill development for marine, aerospace and defence

Eight unique credit courses for students, grads and employees growing their careers in the marine, aerospace and defence sector.

Woman with welding equipment looks out over the rail of a ship.


This curriculum has been developed to strengthen and sustain the marine, aerospace and defence industry across Canada. Each credit course is based on specialized topics highly relevant to careers in the industry. Participants will learn essentials that will help propel them into exciting and in-demand careers.

Duration: 45 – 60 hours (varies for each course).

Delivery options: All courses will be offered in-person and asynchronous online.

Participant requirements:

  • You're an NSCC student from one of the following programs: Drafting – Architectural, Electrical Engineering Technology, Electronic Engineering Technician, Electronic Engineering Technology, Environmental Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Oceans Technology, Welding, Pipefitter, Electrical, Metal Fabrication, Industrial Mechanical, Building Systems Technician (HVAC&R), Business Administration and International Business.
  • You're a Canadian college student in an applicable program (see programs above) or an employee working in the marine, aerospace and defence sector.


  • Marine Essentials for Shipbuilding Trades
    Learn the ins and outs of working in a marine and naval setting.
  • Marine Essentials for Engineering Technology
    Develop your knowledge of marine concepts and technologies.
  • Accuracy Control in Marine Manufacturing
    Gain skills in levelling methodologies, software applications and data analytics.
  • Integrated Logistical Support
    Gain skills to manage the logistics involved in the design and production of a ship.
  • Production Planning and Scheduling in Marine Manufacturing
    Develop skills to provide on-time, cost effective delivery production.
  • Supply Chain Management for Defence Projects
    Study risk management, contract management, and logistics and transportation.
  • Configuration and Information Management Principles
    Learn the necessary steps in complex programs to connect the design incarnation to the setup attributes of the manufacturing line.
  • Project Controls
    Advance your knowledge in processes used to influence the amount of time or money spent on a project.

Other info

  • This investment in Canadian skills development is being made pursuant to Irving Shipbuilding’s Value Proposition commitments under the National Shipbuilding Strategy.
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  • These pilot courses are currently open to NSCC students or graduates of the above-mentioned programs and to Irving Shipbuilding Incorporated employees.
  • While these courses are credited, they are not yet offered as electives, meaning full-time students would take on an extra course in addition to their program.


Contact Lorie Mitchell, Project Coordinator of Marine and Defence Initiatives for more information on scheduling and how to register.


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