Professional Education and Training

Students interested in pursuing careers on brown-water vessels, including tugs, barges and ferries, should explore the Marine Technology/Small Vessel Operations program.

This two-year degree program educates and trains students to work onboard vessels and is combined with a limited U.S. Coast Guard deck or engine license.

The department also offers training courses for professional mariners and common U.S. Coast Guard license courses for students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees, including basic training, firefighting and sea survival.


  • Associate of Applied Science in Marine Technology/Small Vessel Operations: Equips students with a firm foundation in general studies, especially math and physics, as well as the knowledge and skills to operate, power and navigate marine vessels.

Real-World Experience

Hands-on experience is core to the associate degree program. Students are required to complete one summer sea term and many pursue additional professional internships onboard tugs and other vessels.