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Marine Engineering, Marine Transportation, Ocean Studies & International Business Logistics Education & USCG License Programs in Maine

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Established in 1941, Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) is a public, co-educational college located in the coastal town of Castine, Maine. The student population numbers approximately 950 in courses of study in engineering, management, science, and transportation. Maine Maritime Academy is a career-oriented college and globally recognized leader in providing rigorous and practical maritime, engineering, engineering technology, marine science, and logistics education with facilities and laboratories that are at the leading edge of technological innovation.

MMA students benefit from hands-on education, international sea-time aboard the Training Ship State of Maine or the Schooner Bowdoin, cadet shipping aboard commercial vessels, and cooperative education assignments. The students become world-class mariners and engineers, supply chain managers, logistics professionals, and scientists in Maine and beyond.

Maine Maritime Academy was ranked the #1 Best Public College on Money magazine’s Best Colleges list in 2014 and 2015. Departments are schools at MMA include - Department of Arts and Sciences, Department of Engineering, the Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business & Logistics, the Thompson School of Marine Transportation, and the Corning School of Ocean Studies.

The school also offers STCW compliant and USCG approved courses for professional mariners, company contract courses, International Safety Management, ISO Quality Managent and Other programs and courses under its continuing education division.

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Maine Maritime Programs


UG Engineering

  • BS in Marine Systems Engineering - License Track (MSE License Track): This program teaches students how to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. The complete program takes five years, with the opportunity to sit for the U.S. Coast Guard Third Assistant Engineer’s License in the fourth year and for the Fundamentals of Engineering examination at the completion of the first semester of the fifth year. Students in this program may apply for a BS degree with a major in Engineering Operations after four years of study, with automatic eligibility to return to commence the fifth year within a three-year period after graduation. All candidates seeking a 3rd Assistant Engineer license from the U.S. Coast Guard are required to complete 180 sea-days of training.
  • BS in Marine Systems Engineering - Non-License Track (MSE Non-License Track): The MSE Non-License Track program is one of the more academically rigorous courses of study at Maine Maritime Academy. Comparable to the mechanical engineering curricula of other institutions, MSE Non-License Track is distinguished by its grounding in marine applications and naval architecture. The Non-License Track of Marine Systems Engineering is a four-year Bachelor of Science program including all the humanities, math, science, and engineering analysis and design courses of the 5-year Marine Systems Engineering program, but without many of the engineering operations courses required by the 5-year program.
  • BS in Marine Engineering Technology (MET): Students entering this major are interested in working at sea with the option of becoming a shore-based technologist. You will learn to operate the power-generation, electrical, hydraulic, and many other engineering systems of a floating vessel. This major leads to a U.S. Coast Guard Engineering License and requires participation in the Maine Maritime Academy Regiment of Midshipmen. All candidates seeking a 3rd Assistant Engineer License from the U.S. Coast Guard are required to complete 180 sea days of training.
  • BS in Power Engineering Technology (PET): The Power Engineering Technology major is based on the body of knowledge inherent in Marine Engineering Operations major, but it is oriented toward shore-side power industries rather than marine power plants. Power Engineering Technology students are required to participate in approved industrial co-op programs in shore-side power plants to gain hands-on training in industrial settings nationwide.
  • BS in Marine Engineering Operations (MEO): The Marine Engineering Operations (MEO) major focuses on the operations of power-generation, electrical, hydraulic, and many other engineering systems of a floating vessel. This major leads to a U.S. Coast Guard engineering license and requires participation in the Maine Maritime Academy Regiment of Midshipmen. All candidates seeking a 3rd Assistant Engineer license from the U.S. Coast Guard are required to complete 180 sea days of training.
  • BS in Power Engineering Operations (PEO): This non-seagoing major is concerned primarily with the operation and maintenance of industrial steam and gas turbine power plants and with related electrical systems. Power Engineering Operations students gain hands-on training in summer cooperative work experiences in power plants and large industrial settings nationwide.

UG Marine Transportation

  • BS in Marine Transportation Operations (MTO): Marine Transportation Operations (MTO) leads to a Bachelor of Science Degree and, if qualified, eligibility to sit for a federal examination for the USCG 3rd Mate Unlimited Tonnage License. This course of study prepares you for a career sailing as a navigation officer on any size vessel on any ocean.
  • BS in Vessel Operations & Technology (VOT): Vessel Operations & Technology (VOT) leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. Vessel Operations & Technology majors, if qualified, may sit for the federal examination for 500-ton or 1600-ton Near-Coastal Mates’ License (depending upon seatime).
  • AS Degree in Small Vessel Operations (SVO): Small Vessel Operations majors, if qualified, may sit for the federal examination for 200-ton Near-Coastal Mates’ License.
  • AS Degree in Small Craft Design (SCD) / AS Degree in Small Craft Systems (SCS):  The Small Craft Design & Small Craft Systems programs are offered jointly by MMA and the Landing School. Students spend one year at Maine Maritime Academy as residential students in Castine and one year in the Yacht Design program at The Landing School in Kennebunkport. Students complete one cooperative education assignment during their full year at MMA. Participation in the Regiment is optional when enrolled in this major. For those looking for traditional sail training opportunities, the programs offer an Auxilary Sail concentration. With sufficient qualifying sea time under sail, and upon successful completion of a sail addendum examination, VOT and SVO licenses can be endorsed for Auxiliary Sail.

UG Ocean Studies

  • Five-Year Dual Degree Program Joining Marine Biology or Marine Science and Small Vessel Operations: This program combines your passion for science and love of vessels, navigation and boat handling. Graduates will receive a Bachelor’s and Associate’s degree and qualify for the US Coast Guard 200-ton Mate license. This license allows you to be the operator of vessels up to about 150 feet in length, including research vessels, ferries, whale watch excursion boats, and many more.

UG Business & Logistics

  • BS in International Business and Logistics (IBL): This degree will give you a broad and solid business education foundation with an international emphasis and focus on logistics. Graduates of the program develop leadership skills through education and training that develops knowledge and competence, instills confidence, and creates professionalism for business. All IBL students must pursue a co-operative work experience with a professional company (lasting a minimum of twelve, 40-hour work weeks) at the end of their third year.

Graduate Programs - Business & Logistics

  • MS in International Logistics Management (Online): A Trimester program designed for the working professional; Keep your full-time career while completing courses. A total of 36-credit hours of 9, 4-credit hour courses are involved. Undergraduate degree in business or specific organization level is not required.
  • Master’s & Commander Program - MS in Maritime Management (Online): Fully accredited Online Master’s degree program and also complete a summer Co-op of supervised work experience aboard an appropriate vessel. Can also complete the Undergraduate Small Vessel Operations courses necessary to sit for the USCG 200 Gross Ton Mate Near Coastal license.

STCW / USCG Courses

  • Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher
  • Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation
  • Advanced Meteorology
  • Advanced Polar Code Operations
  • Basic and Advanced Marine Fire Fighting
  • Basic Training
  • Basic Training for Polar Operations
  • Basic Training Refresher
  • Basic Training Revalidation
  • Crisis Management & Human Behavior
  • Crowd Control & Passenger Safety
  • Electronic Chart Display Information Systems
  • Engine Room Resource Management
  • Fast Rescue Boat
  • First Aid & CPR
  • Inert Gas Systems Crude Oil Washing
  • Leadership & Managerial Skills
  • Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment
  • Qualified Assessor (online)
  • Radar Recertification
  • Vessel Security Officer

Non-STCW Courses

  • Diving First Aid for Professional Divers (DFA Pro)
  • DPA - Designated Person Ashore
  • Environmental Regulations & Ethical Industrial Compliance
  • Helicopter Underwater Egress Training
  • ISM Maritime - International Safety Management
  • ISO 9000 & 9001 Quality Management Systems Auditor
  • Section 608 (refrigeration) Exam

Courses Available Soon

  • Chief Mate to Master Series
  • Advanced Shiphandling
  • Advanced Stability
  • Advanced Navigation
  • Advanced Cargo
  • Medical Person in Charge - Management of Medical Care
  • Search and Rescue
  • LNG
  • Tankerman
  • High Voltage

Maine Maritime Features

  • Campus Location: 35-acre MMA campus is located in Penobscot Bay, Castine. The city is 40 miles from Bangor, and close to Acadia National Park, Baxter State Park, Appalachian Trail and other prime locations.
  • Accreditation & Memberships: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, International Association of Maritime Universities.
  • Student and Faculty Exchanges: Admiral Makarov State University (Russia); California Maritime Academy (USA); Dalian Maritime University (China); Dokuz Eylül University (Turkey); Kobe University of Mercantile Marine (Japan); Mokpo National Maritime Academy (S. Korea); Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico); Shanghai Maritime University (China); The Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design (USA); University of Costa Rica (Costa Rica) ; and, Vestfold University College (Norway) .
  • ROTC Programs: Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) trains qualified young men and women to become officers in these services upon graduation
  • Co-ops/Internships: Cooperative Courses are part of the training and a graduation requirement and for most majors. Some sponsors are large national and multinational companies. Co-op courses earn academic credits towards obtaining a degree and experience may create employment opportunities with sponsoring companies.
  • Cadet Shipping: During the summer after sophomore year, students (unlimited USCG license students) are assigned to merchant ships as cadets to deepen the understanding of shipboard procedures.
  • Training: extensive hands-on training is an important part of all majors. Sea experience; Oceanographic research vessel cruises; Auxillary sail and small vessel training; Simulator training on power generation, ship handling and navigation exercises; Experience in business / marketing / logistics through Enactus; Boat preparation; Leadership and management training through Regiment, campus organizations.
  • Student Residence: 300 rooms (double occupancy) with regimental and traditional housing, all modern amenities, round the clock security, campus book store, computer center, dining hall, game/recreation center, health services.

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