Coast Guard Licensing

Students at Maritime have the option of studying for a Merchant Marine license issued by the US Coast Guard. All students pursuing a license must be part of the Regiment of Cadets and participate in the Summer Sea Terms or authorized sea service onboard commercial vessels. The Maritime College offers the following licenses:

Deck:

  • Unlimited Third Mate, Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watch, Oceans
  • Mate (500 or 1,600 Gross Registered Tons), Near Coastal or Oceans; Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watch on ships of 500 Gross Tons or More.

Engine:

  • Unlimited, Third Assistant Engineer, Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch, Steam, Motor, Gas Turbine.
  • Assistant Engineer (Limited-Oceans), steam and motor vessels, on vessels of any horsepower and any gross tons on Inland Waters, and on vessels of not more than 1600 gross tons in Oceans, Near Coastal or Great Lakes service; Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch in a Manned Engine Room or Designated Duty Engineer in a Periodically Unmanned Engine Room restricted to motor vessels only.

The unlimited licenses lead to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering degree. Students must pass the US Coast Guard license exam to graduate. The limited licenses are administered through the Professional Education and Training Department and lead to an AAS degree.

These programs must also comply with both federal guidelines and international standards related to maritime education. The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, as amended, (to which the United States is a signatory) sets qualification standards for masters, officers and watch-keeping personnel on seagoing merchant ships.  The US Coast Guard (USCG) oversees STCW training for the United States.

Programs that offer an unlimited third mate, or deck, license are:

Bachelor of Engineering

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Naval Architecture

Bachelor of Science

  • Marine Environmental Science
  • Marine Operations
  • Marine Transportation
  • Maritime Studies

Master of Science

  • International Transportation Management
  • Maritime and Naval Studies

 

Programs that offer an unlimited third assistant engineer license are:

Bachelor of Engineering

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Facilities Engineering
  • Marine Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Naval Architecture

Bachelor of Science

· Marine Operations

 

Programs that offer limited licenses are:

Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watch (Mate 500/1600 GT) – Limited Deck License

Associate of Applied Science

· Marine Technology/Small Vessel Operation (limited tonnage deck license option)

Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch (Assistant Engineer) Limited Oceans – Engine License

Associate of Applied Science

· Marine Technology/Small Vessel Operation (limited engine license option)

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