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Maritime Science

Employment in the maritime industry is booming to meet the demands of global trade and the energy industry. Clatsop Community College offers United States Coast Guard accredited training combining classroom instruction with at-sea experience on the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean aboard M/V Forerunner.

Serving both degree-seeking students starting in the industry and experienced mariners needing additional certifications, Clatsop Community College offers flexible one-week classes designed to provide training that fits into a mariner’s schedule.  Mariners can also complete our training programs in lieu of USCG testing for credentialing.

If you are beginning your maritime career, Clatsop is now a USCG Training Ship School. Students who complete our Vessel Operations Associates Degree have all of the sea time needed to obtain or apply for an Able Seaman Special (AB-Special) or Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels Upon Near Coastal or Inland Waters (OUPV). Clatsop is the only community college in the country with this program.

Average starting wage for an entry level mariner is $18.36/hour, although mariners can expect to earn far more than this depending on their schedule. Employment in the maritime industry is growing faster than most other industries with 21,500 openings nationwide.

For more information about Maritime Science at Clatsop Community College:

USCG Licensing and Professional Mariner Training

Vessel Operations Associate of Applied Sciences Degree (.pdf, 708kb) is a 90+ credit hour two year degree that students may begin in any term.  When combined with the USCG Training Ship designation and two additional classes, students qualify as Able Seaman Special or Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels Upon Near Coastal or Inland Waters (OUPV).  Professional licensing is available to students who meet USCG requirements.

 

Students completing the Vessel Operations Degree may receive the following USCG certifications:

  • STCW Basic & Advanced Firefighting
  • STCW Lifeboatman
  • STCW Basic Safety
  • Merchant Mariner's Credential

Seamanship One-Year Certificate (.pdf, 696kb) is a shorter path to entry level employment in the maritime industry. Students completing the Seamanship Certificate with enough qualifying sea time may obtain or apply for an Able Seaman Special credential. Those meeting the USCG requirements and having enough deck service time may qualify for a Merchant Mariner’s Credential.

 

Students completing the Seamanship One-Year Certificate may receive the following USCG certifications:

  • STCW Lifeboatman
  • STCW Basic Safety
  • Merchant Mariner's Credential

Seamanship Career Pathways Certificate Program
Length of training:  approximately 3-6 months
Roadmap for Seamanship 

 

Seamanship Career Pathway (.pdf, 696kb)  is a 17 credit introduction to the maritime industry. Students may begin in any term and may use this Career Pathway Certificate to start their education towards either a Vessel Operations AAS Degree or a Seamanship One-Year Certificate.

 

Students completing the Seamanship Career Pathway may receive the following USCG certifications:

  • Merchant Mariner's Credential

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Take the COMPASS placement evaluation (You will be prompted to register online for the COMPASS through online admissions. For more information about the COMPASS Placement Evaluation click here).
  3. Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor (If you need help identifying your advisor contact the Student Services Center at 503-338-2411 or email). 
  4. Register for Classes.

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