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USCG Deck & Engine Preparation Courses, Maritime Boot Camp Program and Deck & Engineering Short Courses in Norfolk VA & Online

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Established in 2007 and located at located in Norfolk Virginia, Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy (MAMA) is a vocational training center for merchant mariners and those who seek professional training to become one. MAMA offers more than 90 USCG approved deck and engineering courses.MAMA provides hands on and simulated training by experienced professionals.

The facilities include Transas Navi-Trainer Professional 5000 Full Mission Bridge simulator, Transas Full Mission Engine Room simulator, ECDIS , ARPA, GMDSS and Radar classroom simulators, Transas ERS-4000 Engine Room Simulator.


MAMA also has full-sized gravity davit and 12 man lifeboat installations located on the waterfront in Cape Charles. MAMA also has advanced fire-fighting facilities on its premises and lab trainers including Fluid Pumps, Hydraulics, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Various Types of Electrical Motors.

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Training Programs

License Preparation Programs




Deck Career Advancement Program (CAP)

  • CAP Master/Chief Mate Oceans Unlimited Tonnage: This 160-hour instructor led license preparation course is designed for Master/Chief Mate Oceans candidates who desire assistance in preparation for license exams.
  • CAP Master/Chief Mate Near Coastal Unlimited Tonnage: This 160-hour instructor led license preparation course is designed for Master/Chief Mate Near Coastal candidates who desire assistance in preparation for license exams.
  • CAP Second Mate/Third Mate Oceans Unlimited Tonnage: This 160-hour instructor led license preparation course is designed for Second Mate/Third Mate Oceans candidates who desire assistance in preparation for license exams.
  • CAP Second Mate/Third Mate Near Coastal Unlimited Tonnage: This 160-hour instructor led license preparation course is designed for Second Mate/Third Mate Near Coastal candidates, who desire assistance in preparation for license exams.
  • CAP Master Oceans of 1600 Gross Registered Tons: This 160-hour instructor led license preparation course is designed for Master Oceans of 1600 GRT candidates who desire assistance in preparation for license exams.
  • CAP Master Near Coastal of less than 500-1600 Gross Registered Tons: This 160-hour instructor led license preparation course is designed for Master Near Coastal of less than 500-1600 GRT candidates who desire assistance in preparation for license exams.
  • CAP Master Oceans of 500 Gross Registered Tons: This 160-hour instructor led license preparation course is designed for Master Oceans of 500 GRT candidates who desire assistance in preparation for license exams.

Engineering Career Advancement Program (ECAP)

  • ECAP (1AE) 1st Assistant Engineer Unlimited (Steam): This 280-hour instructor led course is designed for 2nd Assistant Engineers (Steam) who desire assistance in preparation for 1st Assistant Engineer License Exams.
  • ECAP (1AE) 1st Assistant Engineer Unlimited (Motor): This 280-hour instructor led license preparation course is designed for 2nd Assistant Engineers (Motor) who desire assistance in preparation for 1st Assistant Engineer license exams.
  • ECAP (1AE) 1st Assistant Engineer Unlimited (Steam & Motor): This 320-hour instructor led license preparation course is designed for 2nd Assistant Engineers (Steam & Motor) who desire assistance in preparation for 1st Assistant Engineer license exams.
  • ECAP (3AE) 3rd Assistant Engineer Unlimited (Steam): This 240-hour instructor led license preparation course is designed for mariners who desire assistance in preparation for 3rd Assistant Engineer license exams (Steam).
  • ECAP (3AE) 3rd Assistant Engineer Unlimited (Motor): This 240-hour instructor led course is designed for mariners who desire assistance in preparation for 3rd Assistant Engineer license exams (Motor).
  • ECAP (3AE) 3rd Assistant Engineer Unlimited (Steam & Motor): This 240-hour instructor led license preparation course is designed for mariners who desire assistance in preparation for 3rd Assistant Engineer license exams (Steam & Motor).
  • ECAP (C/E) Chief Engineer Limited (Steam): This 280-hour instructor led license preparation course is designed for Assistant Engineers who desire assistance in preparation for the Chief Engineer license exams.
  • ECAP (C/E) Chief Engineer Limited (Motor): This 280-instructor led license preparation course is designed for Assistant Engineers (Motor) who desire assistance in preparation for the Chief Engineer license exams.
  • ECAP (C/E) Chief Engineer Limited (Steam & Motor): This 320-hour instructor led license preparation course is designed for Assistant Engineers who desire assistance in preparation for the Chief Engineer license exams.
  • ECAP (A/E) Assistant Engineer Limited (Steam): This 240-hour instructor led license preparation course is designed for mariners who desire assistance in preparation for Assistant Engineer License exams (Steam).
  • CAP (A/E) Assistant Engineer Limited (Motor): This 240-hour instructor led license preparation course is designed for mariners who desire assistance in preparation for the Assistant Engineer license exams (Motor).
  • ECAP (A/E) Assistant Engineer Limited (Steam & Motor): This 280-hour instructor led license preparation course is designed for mariners who desire assistance in preparation for the Assistant Engineer license exams.

ECAP Uninspected Fishing Industry Vessel (UFIV)

  • 240 Hour Instructor led license preparation for Assistant Engineer (Motor Only)
  • 280 Hour Instructor led license preparation for Chief Engineer (Motor Only)

ECAP Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU)

  • 240 Hour Instructor led license preparation for Assistant Engineer (Motor Only)
  • 280 Hour Instructor led license preparation for Chief Engineer (Motor Only)

ECAP Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV)

  • 240 Hour Instructor led license preparation for Assistant Engineer (Motor Only)
  • 280 Hour Instructor led license preparation for Chief Engineer (Motor Only)

Maritime Boot Camp Program




  • The Maritime Boot Camp program is designed to produce fully credentialed and professionally trained mariners that are qualified to join any US Merchant Vessel at the entry level.
  • Students will obtain their Transportation Worker’s Identification Card (TWIC), their US Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC), and will be rated by Standards of Training and Certification for Watchkeepers (STCW).
  • Also includes an on-the-job internship of up to 160 hours (average 40 hrs/ week over 4 weeks, but schedules depend on individual company operations). During classroom training, individuals are expected to successfully complete several courses.
  • Basic Training - USCG certification course (40 hrs / 5-days)
  • Deck Familiarization (32 hrs / 4 days)
  • Engine-Room Familiarization (16 hrs / 2 days)
  • Vessel Personnel with Designated Duties (8 hrs / 1 day)
  • Crowd Management (4 hrs / half day)
  • Maritime Industry & Career Prep (36 hrs / 4.5 days)

Deck Courses

  • 8-Hour Self Study Preparation of Materials
  • Able Bodied Seaman
  • Advanced Cargo Handling Stowage Management Level
  • Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher
  • Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation
  • Advanced Meteorology
  • Advanced Navigation
  • Advanced Shiphandling
  • Advanced Stability
  • Advanced Watchkeeping (Management Level)
  • Apprentice Mate (Steersman) Upgrade
  • Assistance Towing
  • Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA)
  • Auxiliary Sail
  • Basic Fire Fighting
  • Basic Shiphandling and Steering Control Systems
  • Basic Training
  • Basic Training Refresher (formerly known as BST Refresher)
  • Basic Training Revalidation
  • Bridge Resource Management
  • Cargo Handling and Stowage (Operational Level)
  • Celestial Navigation/Oceans Navigation
  • Celestial Navigation (Operational Level)
  • Charter Boat Captain’s USCG License (OUPV)
  • Company Security Officer
  • Crisis Management and Human Behavior
  • Crowd Management
  • Cybersecurity (Basic Maritime)
  • Deck Familiarization
  • Deck Self Study per day
  • Electronic Charting Display and Information Systems: Transas Software
  • Emergency Procedures (Operational Level)
  • Facility Security Officer
  • FCC Exam Element 1 Marine Radio Operator
  • FCC Exam Element 3 General Radio Operator License
  • FCC Exam Element 6 First or Second Class Telegraph Operator
  • FCC Exam Element 7 GMDSS Operator (prerequisite Element 1)
  • FCC Exam Element 8 Ship Radar Endorsement
  • FCC Exam Element 9 GMDSS Maintainer (prerequisite Elements 1,3, & 7)
  • First Aid & CPR 5
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Leadership and Managerial Skills
  • Leadership and Teamworking Skills
  • Marine Safety Instructor
  • Maritime Familiarization
  • Maritime Security Awareness
  • Marlinespike Seamanship
  • Master Upgrade 100 GRT to Master 200 GRT (Near Coastal)
  • Master 100 Tons/Mate 200 Tons
  • Medical Care Person in Charge
  • Medical Care Provider
  • Meteorology (Operational Level)
  • Operating Principles of Marine Propulsion Plants
  • Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV)
  • OUPV Upgrade to Master 100 GRT
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibility
  • Personal Survival Techniques
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft Refresher
  • Qualified Assessor
  • Radar Observer (Unlimited)
  • Radar Observer Recertification aka Renewal
  • Radar Observer Refresher
  • Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (Assessments only)
  • Rules of the Road
  • Search and Rescue (Management Level)
  • Search and Rescue (Operational Level)
  • Ship Construction and Basic Stability
  • Ship Management
  • Simulator Instructor Training
  • Tank Barge Dangerous Liquids (Tankerman PIC Barge)
  • Tank Barge Dangerous Liquids Refresher
  • Tank Barge Fire Fighting
  • Tank Ship Dangerous Liquids Refresher
  • Tank Ship Dangerous Liquids
  • Tank Ship Familiarization (Dangerous Liquids)
  • Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation
  • Towing Officer Assessment
  • Train the Trainer
  • Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
  • Vessel Security Officer
  • Visual Communications (aka Flashing Light)
  • Watchkeeping (Operational Level)

Engine Room Courses

  • Adv. Shipfitter
  • Aluminum (MIG) and (TIG) Welding
  • Basic Machinist
  • Basic Shipfitter
  • Basic Welding
  • Basic Welding II
  • Designated Duty Engineer (DDE) Unlimited Horsepower
  • Designated Duty Engineer (DDE) 1000-4000 Horsepower
  • Diesel Crossover Endorsement
  • Electrical Motor Controller Lab
  • Electrical Motor Controller Troubleshooting and Diagnostic Course
  • Engineering Assessments
  • Engineering Career Advancement Program [ECAP]
  • Engineering Familiarization (Deckeneer)
  • Engineering Self Study
  • Engine Room Resource Management
  • EPA 608 Certification Universal
  • EPA 609 Certification Testing
  • Fiber Optics
  • Gas Cutting Assessment
  • High Voltage Safety
  • Introduction to Welding
  • Leadership and Managerial Skills
  • Leadership & Team Working Skills
  • Machine Shop Assessments
  • Management of Electrical & Electronic Control Equipment
  • (NATE) Testing—Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • OICEW Diesel Engine
  • OICEW Auxiliary Machinery
  • OICEW Electrical Machinery and Basic Electronics
  • OICEW Gas Turbine Crossover
  • OICEW Instrumentation (CONTROLS)
  • Operating Principles of Marine Propulsion Plants
  • QMED Electrician
  • QMED Electrician, Refrigerating Engineer
  • QMED Oiler, Fireman, Watertender
  • QMED Oiler
  • QMED Pumpman, Machinist
  • QMED Refrigeration
  • Welding Assessments

Deck Courses Online

  • Advanced Cargo Handling Stowage Management Level Course
  • Advanced Meteorology Course
  • Advanced Stability Course
  • Celestial Navigation/Oceans Navigation (500/1600 GRT) Course
  • Meteorology (Operational Level) Course
  • Search and Rescue (Operational Level) Course
  • Search and Rescue (Management Level) Course
  • Tank Barge Dangerous Liquids (Tankerman PIC Barge) Course
  • Tank Ship Dangerous Liquids Course
  • Tank Ship Dangerous Liquids Refresher Course
  • Tank Ship Familiarization Course

Engineering Courses Online

  • Management of Electrical & Electronic Control Equipment
  • Officer in Charge of Engineering Watch (OICEW) Diesel Engine
  • OICEW Auxiliary Machinery
  • OICEW Electrical Machinery and Basic Electronics
  • OICEW Instrumentation (CONTROLS)
  • Qualified Member of the Engineering Department (QMED) Oiler-Fireman, Watertender
  • Qualified Member of the Engineering Dept. (QMED) Oiler

LAST UPDATED ON July 8, 2021