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The hands-on training on the waterfront utilizes many vessels including the following:


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Practical Maritime Training

Maritime TrainingU. S. Coast Guard license candidates are required to complete Practical Marine Training programs plus specific courses within licensing majors to satisfy the merchant mariner licensure prerequisites and MMA graduation requirements.

What is a deck officer? | What is a ships' engineer?

USCG Certifications & License Requirements

  • Basic Safety Training
  • Basic and Advanced Firefighting Training
  • USCG Lifeboat Endorsement
  • FCC Radio Telephone Operators Permit
  • Global Marine Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Certification
  • Standards of Training, Certification, and Watch Keeping (STCW) 95
  • USCG Radar Observer Certificate and Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA)(mates only)

Additional training for Unlimited and Limited license candidates:

I. 3rd Officer, Engineer/Mate, Unlimited, Any Ocean License

A. Two training cruises aboard the T.S. State of Maine
B. One Cadet Shipping cruise
C. Watch Standing and Ship Maintenance
D. Regimental requirements, in accordance with federal regulations and defined in the Regimental Manual.

  • wearing of uniforms
  • a demerit discipline system
  • must be in training a minimum of three years
  • must pass the USCG examination for third mate or third assistant engineer to be eligible for graduation.

Maine Maritime is not a military school. There is no military obligation if you participate in the Regiment of Midshipmen.

II. Limited Tonnage, Mate Licenses
  • One (200-ton, mate)or three (500-ton or 1,600-ton, mate) shipping co-operativesaboard commercial vessels, i.e., work boats, suppy vessels, tugs, ferry services, traditional sail. Seatime requirements vary based on license desired.
  • Training Cruise - A 2-week training cruise between third and fourth year aboard schooner Bowdoin, incorporating terrestrial and celestial navigation, watchkeeping, vessel handling, emergency operations, passage planning and the entering and clearing of foreign ports.

Cadet Shipping

During the summer after the sophomore year, unlimited USCG license students are assigned to merchant vessels as cadets for further familiarization in shipboard procedures. These students major in:

Note: Candidates for the US Coast Guard 3rd assistant engineer license must complete 180 days sea time. USCG 3rd mate license candidates will be required to complete 365 days sea time. Sea time will be met through specialized laboratories, simulation, and three training cruises.

What is a deck officer? | What is a ship's engineer?
  • Cadet Shipping includes an extensive preparation program aimed at maximizing the learning experience in the real world of shipping. Here is a list of companies offering Cadet Shipping billets.
  • Cadet shipping will involve training, watches and maintenance in the students' area of major.
  • In addition to the practical experience gained, students have the opportunity to visit ports of call in the United States and foreign countries. In several cases, students have circumnavigated the globe.
  • Many students find this experience to be a major advantage in finding employment following graduation.
  • In recent years, most students on Cadet Shipping assignments received cadet wage and reimbursement for travel expenses.
  • Seatime - A minimum of 60 days is required for 3rd Assistant Engineer license candidates, 90 days for 3rd Mate license candidates, which is credited toward the sea service required for a USCG license.
  • Maine Maritime Academy was the first state maritime academy to incorporate this popular program into its curriculum.
  • Each student must submit a satisfactory Sea Project, Cadet Shipping Report, Ship's Officer's Evaluation Report, and evidence of sea time to be awarded course credits.
  • A passport, a drug-free certificate, and a merchant marine document are required for all students going cadet shipping.


Note: Freshmen and juniors in the unlimited license programs take a training cruise aboard Maine Maritime's training ship State of Maine.

This is a partial list of companies who offer cadet shipping billets to our students. It is not a mere coincidence that these companies are the same ones listed as "Employers" of our licensed graduates. Our students are trained so well that these companies want our graduates to work for them.

 

Get Wet,... Feel the Heat,... Make the Call....

Make the Call...is why Maine Maritime produces the best. We reinforce classroom instruction with extensive "hands-on" training, a major component of your education. You gain practical knowledge through actual experience in our numerous labs, aboard our vessels, and through co-operative education in private industry.

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The approach to experiential learning varies from major to major and includes, but not limited to:

  • at-sea experience
  • oceanography cruises on our research vessels
  • auxillary sail and small vessel training on the schooner Bowdoin and tug Pentagoet
  • power generation in our power plant simulator
  • business /marketing/ logistics experience through Students In Free Enterprise (S.I.F.E.)
  • boat preparation in our operating marina
  • leadership and management training through our Regiment and campus organizations and committees
  • co-ops/internships in all of our programs
  • ship handling and navigation exercises in the bridge simulator.

This is how you learn and why employers keep coming back.

MMA Training Cruises

MMA Training CruisesDuring the first and third years, students in majors leading to unlimited USCG third assistant engineer (Marine Engineering Operations, Marine Engineering Technology, and Marine Systems Engineering - License Track majors) and third mate (Marine Transportation Operations major) licenses are required to participate in training cruises aboard the T.S. State of Maine.

First-year students in the Marine Systems Engineering non- license major participate on the freshmen cruise only.

 

Note: Candidates for the US Coast Guard 3rd assistant engineer license must complete 180 days sea time. USCG 3rd mate license candidates will be required to complete 365 days sea time. Sea time will be met through specialized laboratories, simulation, and three training cruises.

What is a deck officer? | What is a ship's engineer?
  • Scheduled during May and June for at least 60 days, the training cruise visits a minimum of four ports per cruise, three days per port.
  • The first cruise is designed to give the student an overall orientation in both deck and engineering areas. The junior cruise will involve training, watches and maintenance in the students' area of major.
  • Successful completion of these training cruises, including a sea project for each cruise, is required for graduation.
  • Four credit hours are awarded for each successfully completed cruise.
  • Cruises are designed to develop practical skills required of a 3rd mate or a 3rd assistant engineer. These skills are developed through watch standing and experience in the operation and maintenance of the ship and all its appurtenances.
  • During the summer after the sophomore year, USCG license students are assigned to merchant vessels as cadets for further familiarization in shipboard procedures, called Cadet Shipping.
  • A U.S. passport is required for all students going on cruises.

Ports of Call

  • 2002 - Cobh, IRELAND; Kiel, GERMANY; Portsmouth, ENGLAND; Tallinn, ESTONIA
  • 2003 - Antwerp, BELGIUM; Tenerife, CANARY ISLANDS; Halifax, NOVA SCOTIA
  • 2004 - Vera Cruz MEXICO; Bermuda; Tampa; San Juan PUERTO RICO
  • 2005 - Aruba, Nassau BAHAMAS, Quebec City, CANADA, Boston, MA
  • 2006 - Barcelona SPAIN, Cohb IRELAND, Gdynia, POLAND, Portland, ME
  • 2007 - GIBRALTAR, Odessa, UKRAINE, Split, CROATIA, Halifax, CANADA
  • 2008 - Norfolk, VA, CANARY ISLANDS, BERMUDA, Savannah, GA
  • 2009 - San Juan, PR, Key West, FL, St. John, NEWFOUNDLAND, Baltimore, MD
  • 2010 - Marseille, FRANCE, Kiel, GERMANY, Belfast, IRELAND, Portsmouth, ENGLAND
  • 2011 - Norfolk, VA, Valetta, MALTA, Civitavecchia, ITALY, Cohb, IRELAND
  • 2012 - Galveston, TX, CURACAO, BERMUDA, Charleston, SC
  • 2013 -  - Tampa, FL, San Juan, PR, Quebec City CANADA, Baltimore

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