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Merchant Marine and Maritime Training at MITAGS-PMI & Workboat Academy

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Founded in 1972, Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies MITAGS (now known as MITAGS-PMI after acquisition of Pacific Maritime Institute PMI in Seattle) is a non-profit vocational training center for people seeking to enter the maritime profession and professional mariners seeking to advance their careers, which is based on the use of more advanced techniques and technology. Pacific Maritime Institute (PMI) is a subsidiary of MITAGS and located in Seattle, Washington. MITAGS and PMI’s heritage is with the Masters, Mates and Pilots (MM&P) and the Trust Companies that formed the school to train its mariners.

MITAGS-PMI offers over twenty years of full-mission shiphandling simulation experience to terminal/ship designers and engineers. The in-house team of modelers and shiphandling experts can assist in finding solutions to tough operational questions. 

 The 80 acre campus is located at Linthicum Heights, Maryland and located just minutes from one of the United States of efficient public transport hubs, the school has an impressive campus. The infrastructure includes a 232 room three star quality hotel and conference center, 45 classrooms and an advanced simulation technology center. It is also home to the International Longshoremen’s Association Crane Training Center. This state-of-the-art crane simulator, one of six in the world, provides realistic training for ship gantry, ship pedestal, dock gantry, twin lift and mobile cranes.


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Training Programs

MITAGS Programs

  • AB to Mate Program (ABM): This program is designed for able seafarers that have 1080 days of sea service.  It will provide all of the STCW 2010 training requirements needed to attain an STCW Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watch (OICNW) and a USCG Third Mate Oceans or Near Coastal License.  Optional courses are available to attain endorsements for Tankerman Person in Charge (TPIC), Medical Person in Charge (Med-PIC) and other endorsements for candidates with the requisite sea service.    Completion of the program will provide students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to take on the duties and responsibilities of a Mate.
  • Mate to Master Program (CMM) - STCW 2010 Chief Mate to Master Program (65 days): This STCW-2010 training program is designed for the experienced mariner who wants to upgrade to Chief Mate / Master’s level. This program offers all the requirements for the mate to upgrade, including most of the required practical assessments of skills. The CMM program is thirteen weeks (65 days) of formal training that provides the knowledge, skills and confidence to take on the duties and responsibilities of a Chief Mate and Master.
  • Workboat Mate Program (28 month Maritime Apprenticeship Program): This 28 month’s program is specifically designed for the entry-level person interested in becoming an officer. The 28-month program is divided between approximately 30 weeks of classroom training and 360 calendar days of training at sea. More on Workboat Mate Program Please check our Workboat Academy section.
  • The MATES Program: The MMP Maritime Advancement, Training, Education & Safety Trust (MMP-MATES) Program operates the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) and the Pacific Maritime Institute (PMI). They are the primary training facilities for members of the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots (IOMM&P). MITAGS and PMI offer numerous courses / training programs that have been specifically designed to enhance your maritime career from ordinary seaman to unlimited tonnage master/pilot.

Continual Improvement Workshop Series

  • Designated Person Ashore
  • ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS)
  • Internal Auditor - ISM
  • Internal Auditor ISM-ISPS-MLC Course
  • Leadership for Shoreside Management - Achieving Zero Incidents
  • Management of Change              
  • Risk-Based Internal Auditing
  • Successful Safety Management - A Practical Primer
  • Train The Trainer

Safety & Emergency Response Courses

  • Advanced Firefighting Refresher
  • Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
  • Advanced Firefighting (Seattle)
  • Basic Firefighting (16-Hour)
  • Basic Firefighting (Seattle)
  • Basic Training
  • Basic Training Refresher
  • Basic Training Refresher (Seattle)
  • Basic Training Revalidation
  • Basic Training Revalidation (Seattle)
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Confined Space Entry-Confined Space Awareness
  • Crisis Management & Human Behavior
  • Crisis Management & Human Behavior (Seattle)
  • Crowd Management
  • Crowd Management (4-Hour)
  • Crowd Management (Seattle)
  • DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing 1-Day
  • Damage Control (MITAGS)
  • Emergency Procedures (Operational Level)
  • Fast Rescue Boat
  • Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced
  • First Aid and CPR
  • First Aid and CPR (Seattle)
  • HAZWOPER - 24 Hour
  • HAZWOPER Refresher
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Medical Care Provider
  • Medical Person In Charge Refresher
  • Medical Person-In-Charge
  • Search & Rescue
  • Search & Rescue - First Responders
  • Search & Rescue - First Responders 1/2 Day On-the-Water
  • Survival Craft/Lifeboatman

Maritime State Pilots Training Programs

  • Advanced Escort Training
  • Automatic Identification Systems Orientation
  • Automatic Identification and Electronic Chart Display Information Systems
  • Azipod 1-Day
  • Azipod 2-Day for Pilots
  • Azipod 3-Day for Pilots
  • BRMP-Refresher
  • Bridge Resource Management for Pilots
  • Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling
  • Contingency Planning Workshop
  • Crisis Communications
  • ECDIS for Pilots
  • Fatigue, Sleep & Medications
  • Legal Aspects of Piloting - Seminar
  • Marine Pilot Exam Preparation Course
  • Navigation Skills Assessment Program
  • Security Awareness Workshop for Marine Pilots
  • Tractor Tug 2-Day Course
  • Tractor Tugs 3-Day Course

Tug and Barge Courses

  • ARPA (Automatic Radar Plotting Aids)
  • Able Seaman
  • Advanced Escort Training
  • Advanced Navigation
  • Basic Firefighting (16-Hour)
  • Bridge Resource Management - TUG
  • Crew Endurance Management Systems
  • Crisis Communications
  • Damage Control (MITAGS)
  • Designated Duty Engineer Unlimited Horsepower
  • Electronic Chart Display Information System (ECDIS)
  • Fatigue, Sleep & Medications
  • First Aid and CPR
  • M-SAFE Towing Vessel Safety Training
  • Medical Care Provider
  • Meteorology (Operational Level)
  • Navigation Skills Assessment Program
  • Radar Observer (Unlimited)
  • Radar Observer Recertification
  • Radar Observer Recertification - Night Course
  • Tank Ship Dangerous Liquids
  • Towing Vessel Renewal Program
  • Tractor Tug 2-Day Course
  • Tractor Tugs 3-Day Course
  • Z-Drive/ASD Tug Training