20 Mar '17, 12pm

Admit it; few things in life are more sexy than a nice weld.

In our desire to grow to a 350+ ship Navy, rightfully the first place people start to look is the budget. Without the money, all else is simply theories and talk. Let's make the assumption that the money shows up. So, we just start rolling ships off the assembly line? Well, not so fast. A partial answer is provided in a nice article from Mike Stone via Reuters . “It has historically taken five years to get someone proficient in shipbuilding," said Maura Dunn, vice president of human resources at Electric Boat. It can take as many as seven years to train a welder skilled enough to make the most complex type of welds, radiographic structural welds needed on a nuclear-powered submarine, said Will Lennon, vice president of the shipyard's Columbia Class submarine program. The Navy envisioned by Trump could create more than 50,000 jobs, the Shipbuilders Council of America, a tra...

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