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Marine Engineering & Navigation, Naval Architecture, Marine Technician & Maritime Management Education and Training and Transport Canada Courses at the Marine Institute in St. John

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Founded in 1925, Memorial University has teaching and learning facilities across Newfoundland and Labrador, and abroad, giving you diverse choice of where to study. Memorial is the largest university in the region, with 17,500 students engaged in full and part-time studies at under-graduate and graduate levels. Each year, the graduating class numbers in excess of 2,000 students, bringing the total number of alumni to more than 68,000.

Undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as diplomas and certificate programs are offered through the faculties (Arts, Business, Education, Engineering, Medicine and Science) and schools (Graduate Studies, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy, Human Kinetics and Recreation and Social Work).

The Marine Institute, located in St. John, is one of the world’s most respected centers for marine education and applied research. Specialized programs and individualized learning are a strong basis for a professional education in the global oceans sector.

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Academic & Training Programs

Diploma of Technology Programs

  • Marine Engineering (4 year Full Time): You will control ship 'systems and solve problems working with your mind and hands, both on land and at sea. Responsibilities will include the mechanical operations of a vessel such as main propulsion and auxiliary systems. You will offer employers a strong technical background in marine engineering technology. With the real experience at sea in areas such as engineering knowledge, naval architecture, and machinery maintenance you will quickly distinguish yourself from the competition. This four-year program consists of seven academic terms, two technical sessions and three work terms.
  • Marine Engineering Systems Design (3 year Full Time): You'll learn how to design all the piping and support systems that permit marine vehicles to operate safely and efficiently in harsh marine environments. You'll use the latest marine design software to specify, select and design such marine systems as firefighting, bilge and ballast, fuel oil, lube oil, HVAC, and more. The program will teach you to design and select propulsion systems from diesel engines and gas turbines to propellers and water jets. And, you will be able to choose among careers, at home or around the world. This three-year program consists of six academic terms and three technical sessions.
  • Nautical Science (4 year Full Time): The Nautical Science diploma program prepares you to qualify for Transport Canada's Watchkeeping Mate certificate of competency allowing you to sail anywhere in the world as an officer on a wide variety of vessels. You also get a head start on higher level certificates of competency because of credits you receive towards Transport Canada examinations and sea service exemptions. As a cadet, you'll train on a wide range of ships, from large passenger cruise ships to cargo vessels. In the classroom, you are exposed to science, technology and tradition as you learn to manage and safely navigate a vessel while caring for the cargo you're carrying and protecting the marine environment in which you operate. This four-year program consists of six academic terms, three technical sessions and two sea phase work terms. This cadet program alternates semesters on-campus with semesters at sea.
  • Naval Architecture (3 year Full Time): The Diploma of Technology in Naval Architecture is your passport to engineering excellence, be it in a shipyard or a boatyard, a consulting firm or an offshore oil and gas company. You will work to develop analytical, design, drawing and surveying skills through courses ranging from engineering graphics to ship stability and ship production to composite structures. And, through the completion of a hands-on technical project, you’ll put your skills and knowledge to the test. This three-year program features six academic terms and three technical sessions.

Technical Certificate Programs

  • Bridge Watch (29 weeks Full Time): The objective of this program is to train you to be effective members of a ship's watch, both on deck and on the bridge, and to prepare you to write the Transport Canada's Bridge Watchman exam. Successful completion of the exam earns you a Bridge Watch Certificate, making you employable as a deckhand in the marine industry where you will perform a variety of duties from general ship maintenance to lookout on numerous types of ships. You will acquire necessary academic skills in addition to Marine Emergency Duties (MED) training, tanker familiarization, sea experience, and hands-on training using facilities in the rigging room and on the training vessel. This 29-week program features 18-weeks of in-class instruction, required safety training and an eight-week sea placement.
  • Marine Diesel Mechanic (1 year Full Time): This program offers workshop, classroom and work term experience that will prepare you for a career in the operation and maintenance of marine diesel engines and auxiliary equipment. You will work on marine vessels, offshore drilling installations or in the land-based industry servicing the marine and offshore industries. This program is one-year in duration and is divided into on-campus study, safety training and one work term which can be either land-based or at sea.
  • Fire Rescue (1 year approx Full Time): You will gain hands-on experience in high angle rescue, first aid, hazardous incident identification and response, vehicle extrication, and confined space rescue. You’ll be trained in the field and at the state-of-the-art facilities under real-life conditions. Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills you need to fulfill your destiny. This is a two semester Program, plus an eight week work term, delivered at the Safety and Emergency Response Training (SERT) Centre in Stephenville, NL. The courses are taught by full-time, certified faculty and part-time Fire Service personnel.

Bachelor Degree Program

  • Bachelor of Maritime Studies (Online with limited on campus delivery options): The Bachelor of Maritime Studies is a unique professional degree that will provide you with an exposure to the business, marine and technology management concepts necessary to advance your career. You’ll examine the impact of human resources, economics, marketing and quality management on today’s marine industry. This degree consists of 39 credit hours, including a professional project and report. It can be completed on a full or part-time basis and is available on-campus and through internet-based distance delivery. Full-time students can complete the program in one academic year.

Master Degree Programs

  • Master of Maritime Management (30 credit hours online): The Master of Maritime Management (MMM) opens further opportunities for marine professionals to advance in their careers. This program will provide you with a broad understanding of the structure and operation of organizations and the factors that influence business decisions in the context of maritime-based organizations. This online program will require successful completion of 30 credit hours of maritime and business management course work. These include four core cores with the option to complete six elective courses or four elective courses and a project in maritime management.
  • Master of Marine Studies - Marine Spatial Planning and Management (30 credit hours with an internship or research paper options): the program focuses on the governance, bio-ecological, socio-economic, cultural and technological elements of sustainable ocean and coastal zone development, planning and management. Claases are delivered in class and online.

Transport Canada Courses

Deck Officer Courses

  • Watchkeeping Mate: The holder of this certificate may act as Officer in charge of the watch on board a vessel of any tonnage, engaged on an unlimited or a near coastal voyage, as Chief Mate on board a vessel of not more than 3000GT engaged on an unlimited or a near coastal voyage and as Chief Mate on board a vessel of nay tonnage engaged on a sheltered waters voyage.
  • Chief Mate: The holder of this certificate may act as Chief Mate on board a vessel of any tonnage engaged on an unlimited, a near coastal or sheltered waters voyage, as Master on board a vessel of not more than 500 gross tonnage, engaged on a near coastal voyage and as Master of a vessel of any tonnage engaged on a sheltered waters voyage.
  • Master Mariner: This Certificate is valid as Master of a vessel of any tonnage engaged on an unlimited, near coastal or sheltered waters voyage.
  • Master 500 Gross Tonnage Near Coastal: The holder of this certificate may act as Master on board a vessel of not more than 500 gross tonnage engaged on a near coastal voyage, as Chief Mate on board a vessel of not more than 3000 gross tonnage engaged on a near coastal voyage and as Master of a vessel of any tonnage engaged on a sheltered waters voyage.

Engineering Officer Courses

  • 3rd Class Engineering: This Certificate is valid as Watchkeeping Engineer without restrictions - Second Engineer (if issued after January 3, 1994) on any ship less than 3000 kW and on passenger ships more that 4000 kW between Canadian ports: Chief Engineer with restrictions
  • 2nd Class Engineering: This Certificate is valid as second engineer without restriction and chief engineer with limitations.
  • 1st Class Engineering: Transport Canada Certification Preparation Training for 1st Class Engineers.

Marine Institute Facts

  • Campus Location: St John, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
  • Legal Recognition / Accreditation: Public Institution Recognized under a Public Act. Enabling Legislation: Memorial University Act.
  • Memberships/Affiliations: Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC)

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