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Vessel Operations & Seamanship - Maritime Science Education and USCG Certification Training

clatsop community college

Clatsop Community College is a public, two-year coeducational institution serving northwest Oregon and southwest Washington since 1958. Instruction and training in liberal arts and sciences, professional technical fields, community education, developmental education, and general education are offered. its high-quality, low-cost education serves a district that covers all of Clatsop County and part of Columbia County in Oregon, and Pacific and Wahkiakum Counties in Washington.

At Clatsop Community College you may earn a one-year certificate or two-year degree in a variety of fields leading directly to good careers or further education, or complete two years of lower division instruction that can be transferred to a four-year college or university, or enroll in classes, workshops and seminars which offer personal as well as occupational benefits.

Marine and Environmental Research and Training Station (MERTS)

Clatsop Community College MERTS is a center for education in Maritime Science, coastal resources, environmental studies, scientific research training and Industrial and Manufacturing Technologies. Located on South Tongue Point east of Astoria, MERTS is the most comprehensive industrial and marine technology center in the Pacific Northwest. The Maritime Science Department (MSD) offers specialized maritime training programs and courses. MSD offers training for individuals at entry skill levels and for mariners employed within the industry.

Academic Programs


Undergraduate Maritime Programs

  • AAS Degree in Maritime Science - Vessel Operations: The Vessel Operations degree is designed for the person who intends to operate maritime vessels. This competency-based program will provide an individual with the requisite knowledge, skills, work habits and attitude to perform work on a vessel as an entry level deckhand. This program would be of interest to people who desire a professional career path with advancement opportunities that are in a non-traditional setting. Students completing this program will be qualified to work as crewmembers on research vessels, merchant ships, tugs, charter and passenger vessels, and commercial fishing vessels. Professional licensing is available to students who meet US Coast Guard requirements.
  • One-Year Certificate in Maritime Science - Seamanship: The Seamanship Certificate is designed for persons intending to work as deckhands on maritime vessels. Individuals completing this competency-based training program will have the requisite knowledge, skills, work habits and attitude to perform work on a vessel in an entry level position. Upon completion of the One-Year Certificate program, students will have the skills and knowledge to pass the United States Coast Guard Able Seaman exam and, those meeting USCG requirements, may complete the program with a Merchant Mariner’s Document.
  • Seamanship Career Pathway Certificate: This is a 17 credit introduction to the maritime industry. Students may begin in any term and may use this Career Pathway Certificate to start their education towards either a Vessel Operations AAS Degree or a Seamanship One-Year Certificate. Students completing the Seamanship Career Pathway may receive the Merchant Mariner's Credential USCG certification.

Certification & USCG Licensing

Shore-Based MODS Courses

  • US Coast Guard Marine License Training
  • US Coast Guard Marine License Training (A/B all levels)
  • US Coast Guard Marine License Training (OUPV)
  • US Coast Guard Marine License Training (100 Ton or less)
  • US Coast Guard Marine License Training (200 Ton or less)
  • Radar Navigation
  • Vessel Regulations
  • Vessel Stability
  • Marine Safety Drill Conductor
  • Introduction to Navigation
  • Celestial Navigation
  • Charts, Aids to Navigation, and Magnetic Compasses
  • Marine Weather, Tides, Currents, and Waves
  • Coastal Navigation & Voyage Planning
  • Ocean Navigation & Voyage Planning
  • Rules of the Road
  • RFPNW
  • Hazwoper Training (24 hr)
  • Hazwoper RecertificationTraining (8 hr)
  • Visual Communications (Flashing Light)
  • Tankship Dangerous Liquids
  • GMDSS Training

Vessel-Based Courses

  • Maritime Occupations
  • Marine Safety
  • Intro to Watchkeeping
  • Practical Navigation
  • Marine Electronics
  • Seamanship I, II & III
  • Galley Cooking
  • Small Vessel Operations I, II & III
  • Applied Rigging Technology
  • Vessel Practicum
  • Deckhand Practicum
  • Deck Machinery & Vessel Maintenance
  • Engine Room Maintenance & Safety
  • HAZWOPER Training
  • Charter Boat Deckhand
  • Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch
  • Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch - Lookout Only

Radar Courses

  • ARPA Radar
  • Rivers Radar
  • Unlimited Radar

STCW Courses

Clatsop College Features

The College district covers all of Clatsop County, bordered on the north by the Columbia River, on the west by the Pacific Ocean, and nestled against the mountains of the Coast Range on the east. This magnificent natural landscape provides inspiration for the College’s art students and a living laboratory for its science students.

  • Campus: The College is located at the mouth of the Columbia River in historic Astoria, Oregon. In addition to the main campus, the College has a Performing Arts Center in Astoria and Marine and Integrated Manufacturing Technology training facilities east of Astoria along the Columbia River.
  • Accreditation: Clatsop Community College is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
  • Credit for Prior Learning: You may earn college credit by documenting learning acquired through job experiences, travel, hobbies and family and civic responsibilities.
  • Transfer Credit: Coursework for which you earned a "C" or better grade from a regionally accredited institution may be accepted to meet degree or certificate requirements at Clatsop Community College.
  • Cooperative Education: Work Experience (Cooperative Education) is a nationally recognized program granting academic credit for various supervised internships. Work Experience staff advise you in the program and assist you with registration.
  • Career Services: Assistance with career planning, choosing a college major, and finding career-related internships is available to all CCC students.

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