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Maritime Operations and Technology Program

College or University: U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Type of degree: B.S.

Brief overview of program: The Maritime Operations and Technology program is administered by the Department of Marine Transportation in conjunction with the Department of Engineering. The purpose of the Maritime Operations and Technology program is to produce a deck officer who is well prepared for the new generation of modern, efficient vessels with unattended engine rooms. These vessels feature engine control and monitoring equipment on the navigating bridge. The Maritime Operations and Technology major will be prepared to take the third mate's license examination, but will also graduate with an enhanced knowledge of pragmatic marine engineering and an excellent business background. Such a graduate will be effective within any modern, sophisticated organization in the transportation industry, afloat or ashore. Midshipmen in the Maritime Operations and Technology program take courses in the core curriculum, nautical science and maritime business administration. They take fewer electives than the Marine Transportation major. This feature allows for additional courses in marine engineering . Graduates of this program will earn a third mate's license and certification as a Qualified Member of the Engine Department, the highest unlicensed position in the engine room. The Maritime Operations and Technology program gives the student a firm foundation in three critical areas: nautical science, maritime business, and marine engineering. The student can increase education in any of the three fields of study. A Maritime Operations and Technology major will have the same nautical science background as the Marine Transportation major, and the same maritime business core courses. Postgraduate work, after sailing, can be pursued in any number of fields. This is a versatile program for the student with interest in several fields.

Website: Click here for program website

Program Point of Contact: CAPT. George Edenfield


Institution address: USMMA, Steamboat Road
                             Kings Point,NY 11024


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