Maritime Transportation, Associate of Applied Science
Do you get swept up by thoughts of a life at sea? Do high salaries and vacation time off interest you? If so, pursuing a degree in maritime transportation might be right for you! The San Jacinto College maritime transportation associate degree program offers United States Coast Guard (USCG)-approved and internationally recognized Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) maritime training, and deck level course work for all professional mariners. Training ranges from the entry-level deckhand on an inland towboat, to Unlimited Tonnage Masters on the world’s largest ships, and everything in between.
Our staff consists of USCG-approved Ship Masters, Chief Engineers, former US Navy, Merchant Marine Officers, and skilled technicians with more than a century of combined experience who make the learning experience both effective and enjoyable.
The San Jacinto College associate degree maritime transportation program:
- Provides students with US Coast Guard-approved instruction to be capable, knowledgeable mariners,
- Provides instruction, actual experience, and course work to become a professional mariner or professional captain, and
- Maximizes the number of maritime courses the student can enroll in and includes general academic courses.
Texas ranks first in the nation for both domestic and international freight with its waterways, handling almost 50 million tons of freight shipments each year and has been the top exporting state for 13 years.
In Houston, more than 200,000 barge transits occur in and out of the Port of Houston each year.
Texas waterways and ports support approximately 1,170,000 jobs and contribute $264 billion to the state’s economy. These lucrative jobs hold great potential for professional growth and advancement in the maritime transportation industry.
Note: Below are starting salaries in the Texas Gulf Coast region. Salaries for these positions greatly increase within the Houston region, where there is high vessel traffic.
Sailors and Marine Oilers median salary: $36,201 per year 1
Captains, Mates, and Pilots median salary: $118,709 per year 1
Source: www.texaswages.com, Gulf Coast region, 2018
For more information, students may contact 281-459-5483 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Maritime Transportation program was developed at the request of an advisory committee comprised of members from the maritime industry. Maritime is a semester credit hour program that incorporates US Coast Guard approved training into the semester credit courses. This training provides instruction to prepare students for a future career as a mariner on board vessels. As part of the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in maritime transportation, students must complete two Practicums during summer terms. Typically, this means working as a deckhand or crew member on a commercial vessel. Students will obtain a Transportation Worker’s Identification Credential (TWIC) during the first semester.
All US Merchant Mariners are credentialed by a branch of the US Coast Guard-National Maritime Center. It is important that students be able to obtain a Merchant Mariner Credential. Students must be able to pass security screening, medical, and professional standard requirements set by the US Coast Guard.
All maritime transportation courses with the NAUT rubric are held at the
San Jacinto College Maritime Center
3700 Old Highway 146
La Porte, TX 77571
Students may call the Maritime Center for additional information at 281-459-5483.
Graduates of the Maritime program who apply for a US Coast Guard license must meet professional requirements that include drug testing.
Employers often have additional requirements and stricter standards.
The medical standards can be found at: https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/forms/NVIC_04-08.pdf
For more information, students may contact Maritime Center staff email@example.com or call 281-459-5483.
Plan of Study
|NAUT 1372||Seamanship I||3|
|NAUT 1374||Basic Safety and Survival||3|
|NAUT 1471||Introduction to Ships and Shipping||4|
or PHED 1105
or Beginning and Intermediate Swimming
|ENGL 1301||Composition I||3|
|NAUT 1272||Marine Cargo Operations I||2|
|NAUT 1274||Marine Cargo Operations II||2|
|NAUT 1273||Engineering Familiarization||2|
|NAUT 1276||Seamanship II||2|
or MATH 1314
|Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning) (or higher) 1
or College Algebra
|Summer Year One Term|
|NAUT 2374||Practicum 2||3|
|NAUT 1171||Medical Care Provider||1|
|NAUT 2471||Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation||4|
|NAUT 1174||Maritime Regulation and Management||1|
|NAUT 2274||Basic Stability and Ship Construction||2|
or ITSC 1309
|Business Computer Applications
or Integrated Software Applications I
|Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts)||3|
|NAUT 2472||Integrated Operations for the Master Mariner||4|
|NAUT 2171||Upgrade to Apprentice Mate||1|
|NAUT 2278||Bridge Resource Management and Shiphandling||2|
|NAUT 2272||Radar Observer Unlimited||2|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences or Government/Political Science or American History||3|
|ENGL 2311||Technical and Business Writing||3|
|Summer Year Two Term|
|NAUT 2375||Practicum 2||3|
Capstone Experience: NAUT 2375 Practicum
Students may take MATH 1332 or MATH 1314 or higher. Students who plan to pursue a bachelor's degree should take MATH 1314.
Practicums are internships on commercial vessels offered during the Post Yr1 and Post Yr2 summer term of the program.