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Co-op Diploma Programs in Marine Engineering & Marine Navigation and Marine Certification & Training Courses in Owen Sound Campus, Ontario

georgian logoEstablished in 1967, Georgian College is one of 24 publicly funded Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario. Georgian works together with industry and community partners to offer relevant, cutting-edge curriculum as well as quality work placements and co-op experiences with top employers.

With more than 125 career-focused programs across seven locations in Central Ontario (Barrie, Midland, Muskoka, Orangeville, Orillia, Owen Sound and South Georgian Bay), Georgian serves 11,000 full-time students and 28,000 Part-time Studies registrants annually.

The Owen Sound Campus, opened in 2016 is a 13,600-square-foot facility boasts technology-enabled classrooms, a lifeboat simulator, the Lower Lakes Common Area, as well as a new fire training facility. In addition, the Centre for Marine Training and Research (CMTR) is equipped with Kongsberg engine simulators, Transas navigation simulators and a 12-station part-task trainer.

Education & Training Programs


Ontario College Graduate Certificate

  • Marine Engineering Management (1 year): Students are presented with material designed in co-operation with Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security (TCMSS), and Canada’s shipping companies. Content material includes the academic portion of the TCMSS Engineering Officer Education Training (EOET) program for senior engineering officers. Students develop the knowledge, skills, and professionalism expected to function as part of an engineering team at the management level. This is a Transport Canada designated program.

Ontario College Graduate Certificate

  • Marine Engineering Management (1 year): Students are presented with material designed in co-operation with Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security (TCMSS), and Canada’s shipping companies. Content material includes the academic portion of the TCMSS Engineering Officer Education Training (EOET) program for senior engineering officers. Students develop the knowledge, skills, and professionalism expected to function as part of an engineering team at the management level. This is a Transport Canada designated program.

Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Co-op

  • Marine Technology - Navigation (3 years): This program has been planned in co-operation with Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security (TCMSS) and Canada's shipping companies. It offers a complete education for those seeking employment as a ship's Navigation Officer. Students learn through a progressive mix of skills training, shipboard training and academic studies, including navigation training in marine simulators. The program involves six academic semesters accompanied by two mandatory co-op terms. Navigation cadets (students) get a total of 365 days of sea time over those work terms.

Ontario College Diploma, Co-op

  • Marine Engineering Technician (2 years): The Marine Engineering Technician program is an internationally recognized program that has been designed in co-operation with Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security (TCMSS) and Canada’s shipping companies. Students learn through a progressive mix of skills training, shipboard training and academic studies, including navigation training in our marine simulators. The program involves four academic semesters accompanied by two mandatory co-op terms. Engineering cadets (students) get a total of 210 days of sea time over those two work terms.

Ontario College Diploma, Co-op

  • Mechanical Techniques - Marine Engine Mechanic (1 year): In this program, students prepare for a career as a Marine Engine Mechanic, or further education in a related field. Students develop a concentrated understanding of marine and watercraft systems. This includes gasoline and diesel engines, fuel management systems, engine electrical systems, marine direct current electrical systems, steering and hydraulic systems, drives, and propulsion systems. A significant hands-on component allows students to develop practical and technical skills to meet the current needs of the Recreational Marine industry.

Ontario College Certificate

  • Advanced Shiphandling (3 days): The course is designed around major ship maneuvering evolutions, including traffic situations, arrival/departure, anchoring, and maneuvering in channels.
  • Bridge Resource Management (5 days): This five day course is aimed at improving safety and efficiency on board as it deals with the development of human resources and managerial skills of Masters, Navigating Officers and Bridge Watch-keepers.
  • Bridge Watch Rating (1 week): This course will prepare mariners to challenge the TCMSS Bridge Watchman exam.
  • BRM-Refresher (3 days): This three day course provides refresher training the the principles of Bridge Resource Management (BRM) and the operation of the Electronic Chart Display and Information system (ECDIS).
  • ECDIS (6 days): Participants will be required to demonstrate proper use of the ECDIS equipment, including the use of navigational functions associated with route planning and monitoring, the ability to select, display and interpret relevant information and know what proper action to take in case of malfunction.
  • General Operator Certificate (10 days): This training course is intended for seafarers who require a Global Maritime, Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) General Operators Certificate in accordance with Section A-IV/2 of the STCW Code.
  • General Ship Knowledge III (12 days): This is a course designed to provide mariners with a basic knowledge of the marine related acts, regulations and orders.
  • Marine Advanced First Aid (4 days): This Transport Canada-approved course comprehensive first aid and CPR training for individuals who need training in first aid and CPR for the marine industry.
  • Marine Basic First Aid (2 days): This is a Transport Canada-approved first aid and CPR course for individuals who need basic training in first aid and CPR for the marine industry.
  • Master Ltd (Under60GT) (10 days): This course is intended for mariners wishing to attain certification to operate a small commercial vessel up to 60 gross tonnage.
  • MED A3 (1 day): At course completion, participants will possess the basic skills to enable the mariner to better function in the marine environment. Topics include marine hazards and emergencies, marine firefighting, lifesaving appliances, and abandonment, survival and rescue skills.
  • MED DVS (26 hours): This course complies with the requirements of the Marine Personnel Regulations on minimum training in personal survival techniques and fire fighting for Canadian seafarers sailing on board passenger vessels, workboats, or fishing vessels engaged on a voyage in Canadian waters.
  • MED Ref Officers (BS+PSC+AFF) (4 days): This course is a refresher of training courses designed to comply with the regulations and to refresh the seafarers’ skills in basic emergency duties through demonstrations and practical drills and exercises. This training will allow seafarers to renew their MED STCW BS, MED PSC, and MED AFF Training for a period not exceeding five years.
  • MED Ref Ratings (BS+PSC) (3 days): This course is a refresher of training courses designed to comply with the regulations and to refresh the seafarers’ skills in basic emergency duties through demonstrations and practical drills and exercises. This training will allow seafarers to renew their MED STCW BS and MED PSC Training for a period not exceeding five years.
  • Meteorology Level I & II (19 days): This is a course designed to provide mariners with knowledge of: the characteristics of the various weather systems; reporting procedures and recording systems; use of meteorology instruments found on baoard ships and the interpretations of weather information
  • Pilotage (5 days): This course will enhance the technical knowledge to complement the qualifications and experience of professional mariners to achieve competency to undertake Pilotage duties throughout the Great Lakes Pilotage Authority (GLPA) districts.
  • PPS Level 1 Watchkeeping Prac (80 hours): This course is designed to provide knowledge of the safe and efficient operation of the ship’s machinery to watch-keeping engineers. Prerequisites: Minimum 6 months sea time performing duties related to an engineering position, CDN
  • PPS Level 2 Ship Mgmt Pract (80 hours): This course is designed to provide knowledge of corrective actions to be taken in problem-solving in the recognition of signs and symptoms of a deteriorating function of ships’ machinery.
  • ROC-MC Full (4 days): This course is intended for mariners serving on compulsorily-fitted commercial ships within the North American A1 sea areas. It is compliant with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended in the 1995 (STCW 95 Regulation IV/2).
  • Ship Con/Stability 4 (2 onths): This is a course designed to provide ship’s officers and captains with the knowledge and skill required to: understand the basic design and construction of various types of vessels; perfom stability calculations with emphasis on practical skills; extract data from hydrostatic tables and curves; perform calculations related to ship’s draft, trim, list and initial stability.
  • Shiphandling (5 days): The course examines the theory and practice of ship-handling. It includes an abundance of simulator time for attempting and mastering various maneuvers. The course is specifically designed and recommended for Chief Mates who will soon sail as Master.
  • Sim Electronic Nav Ltd (5 days): SEN Limited is a 30-hour course intended for officers of commercial vessels over 60 gross tonnage and fishing masters. Attendees will gain knowledge of the principles, the ability to use and the skill required for the proper operation of typical navigation electronic equipment found on board a coastal vessel.
  • Sim Electronic Navigation 1A (120 hours): At course completion participants will possess a knowledge of the principles, the ability to use and the skill required for the correct operation of the following navigational equipment: radar, ARPA, Radar plotting, satellite navigation (GPS/DGPS), Loran-C, gyrocompass, auto pilot, course recorder and echo sounder.
  • Sim Electronic Navigation 1B (12 days): At the completion of this course, participants will possess a thorough knowledge of the application of the collision regulations and the principles to be observed in keeping a navigational watch in a simulated environment.
  • Sim Electronic Navigation 2 (84 hours): This course will enable participants to make appropriate decisions in complex navigational situations, to effectively manage the bridge watch-keeping team and to comply with the standards regarding watch-keeping in a simulated environment.
  • STCW Adv Fire Fighting (5 days): This course is another requirement for seafarers under the STCW (Standards of Training, Certification of Watchkeepers) convention of the International Maritime Organization. This course is intended for officers and crew designated to control firefighting operations on large domestic vessels.
  • STCW Basic Safety (6 days): This course is another requirement for seafarers under the STCW (Standards of Training, Certification of Watchkeepers) convention of the International Maritime Organization. This course includes theory and practical hands-on training in survival, personal safety, social responsibilities and firefighting.
  • STCW Prof in Survival Craft (4 days): This course is another requirement for seafarers under the STCW (Standards of Training, Certification of Watchkeepers) convention of the International Maritime Organization. In the event that an emergency at sea requires a seafarer to abandon ship, this course prepares a student for the proficient use of lifeboats and life rafts.
  • SVOP (4 days): A holder of an SVOP certificate can operate certain small commercial vessels. This course has been tailored to meet the training needs of the small vessel master.
  • VPWSR (Security) (2 days): This course is intended to provide the knowledge required for seafarers with designated security duties in connection with a Ship Security Plan to perform their duties in accordance with the Marine Transportation Security Act (MTSA)*, the Marine Transportation Security Regulations (MTSR)*, the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and the IMO model course as appropriate to the submission: (3.19, 3.26, 2.27).

Last udpadated: January 14, 2017

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