START: Ship Repair and Fabrication


Free credit course. Apply today.

Designed in partnership with Heddle Shipyards and the Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority, this program teaches the concepts and terminology that you will need to begin a successful local career in ship repair and fabrication.  Explore career opportunities in and around Hamilton in this growing sector.  Completion of this program gives you early application access to our practical in-person bootcamp in 2021, where you will apply the skills you’ve learned at the Hamilton port.


How to apply

Fill out the online application form

Register for a virtual information session or call 905-575-2489 if you have any questions



Explore pathways directly into employment




Online course recommendations

Broadband Internet connection, desktop or laptop computer (tablet is acceptable), basic computer skills (web browsing & email). 


Student eligibility

We welcome applications from all those interested in City School, but please note that priority will be given to those who meet the following:

  • 19 years of age or older
  • Have no or limited post-secondary education (i.e., college, university, or participated in an apprenticeship); and/or currently unemployed and/or in receipt of social assistance (e.g., Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program).
  • Live within the community in which the course(s) is being offered

Note: High school completion is not a requirement


We do our best to make case-by-case considerations.

Should class registration not be full by the application deadline, applicants who do not meet the criteria will be considered on a chronological basis.


Students can earn up to two (2) free credits through City School

You will be notified of your registration status approximately three (3) weeks before the course begins.



Phone: 905-575-2489

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This course is delivered in partnership with Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority and Heddle Shipyards


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The project is funded by the government of Canada’s Skilled Trades Awareness and Readiness Program