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AAS Degree Program in Marine Technology (Underwater Technology, ROVs, Maintenance etc.) in Alpena, MI

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Founded in 1952, Alpena Community College (ACC) offers ACC offers over 75 programs of study. Students at ACC can earn a 1-year Certificate of Achievement, or a 2-year Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Science, and Associate of General Studies degree. Each semester, ACC attracts more than 2,000 students of diverse ages, backgrounds, and academic goals. ACC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

At ACC, you can work on a college degree or acquire specific skills in a number of fields to move you forward in your occupation, plus the courses you complete can be transferred to a four-year college or university. Vocational/technical programs, distance learning programs, dual-enrollment, cooperative on-campus four-year degree programs and continuing education courses are also available.

ACC’s main campus is located on 700 acres in Alpena MI, next to Lake Huron which includes a high ropes course, Frisbee golf course, and a bike trail along the Thunder Bay River. The on-water portion of the Marine Technology program takes place at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (NMS). Located on the shores of Lake Huron just a mile from ACC's main campus, Thunder Bay NMS protects one of America's best-preserved and nationally significant collections of shipwrecks.

Academic and Training Programs

Marine Technology Training


  • Associate of Applied Science in Marine Technology: Marine Technology is designed for students interested in a career working with the latest underwater technology with emphasis on maintenance, repair, and operations of underwater robots, known to the industry as Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs). This is a fast-paced and rapidly growing industry that offers many areas for growth and employment worldwide.
  • The Marine Technology program offers a wide range of hands-on experiences, from building and operating an underwater robot, to on-water working experiences aboard research vessels. This unique program features coursework in - Applied Robotics and ROVs (Remote Operated Vehicles); Ocean and Great Lakes Resources, Economics, and Issues; Science of Underwater Archeology; Scientific SCUBA Diving; Working Aboard Ships; Opportunities for "At-Sea" Internships; and, Application of Data Acquisition Technologies at Sea.
  • Program curriculums leading to AAS degrees are intense programs of study designed to prepare students for employment after graduation. Some may transfer to four-year institutions, but students planning to pursue a bachelor's degree should work closely with an academic advisor to plan for successful transfer of course work.

Last updated: Mar 20, 2017

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