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Maritime Logistics & Marine Tech AAS Degree & Career Certificate Programs & USCG Captain's Training at TCC Portsmouth and Chesapeake Campuses

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Established in 1968, Tidewater Community College is one of twenty-three two-year colleges that make up the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). Serving the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, and portions of Suffolk, the college offers a comprehensive range of programs designed to meet the educational and training needs of its service area. Programs of study lead to the associate degree or certificate; they include the first two years of university-parallel instruction and over 140 career and technical programs. The college also offers both credit and non-credit continuing education and special training programs.

TCC’s original location, the Portsmouth Campus consists of three academic and administrative buildings with state-ofthe-art technology, instructional labs and equipment designed to provide a learning-centered environment, and a physical plant building.


The Chesapeake Campus was established in 1973 when the City of Chesapeake purchased and donated the former Chesapeake College to TCC. The campus is located between the rapidly growing communities of Great Bridge and Deep Creek. The George B. Pass Building houses academic programs, administrative offices, laboratories, student services, and a learning resources center. The Marian P. Whitehurst Technology Center houses academic programs, administrative offices, laboratories, and a conference center.

Marine Trades Programs are conducted at both Chesapeake & Portsmouth Campuses& the Captain's License programs are conducted in TCC VA Beach Campus. TCC is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Academic & Training Programs




Marine Trades AAS Degree Programs

  • Associate of Applied Science - Specialization in CAD (4 semesters): Developed by TCC in collaboration with the region’s shipbuilding, industrial, and port-operations companies, the curriculum covers blueprint reading, computer-aided drafting and design, an introduction to ship systems, and industrial safety.
  • Associate of Applied Science - Specialization in Electrical (4 semesters): Build a skill set for troubleshooting, maintaining and installing, supervising, and electrical equipment and systems aboard ships.
  • Associate of Applied Science - Specialization in HVAC (4 semesters): Graduate ready to custom design, build, and install any air conditioning, heating, refrigeration, and/or ventilation systems required in the maritime field. Training will ensure you graduate with the knowledge needed to comply with all codes.
  • Associate of Applied Science - Specialization in Inside Machinist (4 semesters): Learn to fit and assemble parts to make or repair machine tools and maintain industrial machines in the maritime field, applying knowledge of mechanics and machining procedures.
  • Associate of Applied Science - Specialization in Mechanical (4 semesters): Train to care of several tasks related to getting boats ready for the water. Along with working on inboard and outboard motors, skilled mechanics and service technicians may also be responsible for maintaining and repairing propellers and electrical and steering systems.
  • Associate of Applied Science - Specialization in Occupational Safety (4 semesters): Promote workplace safety and health and to make workers more knowledgeable about specific workplace hazards related to ship repairing, shipbuilding, shipbreaking, marine terminals, or longshoring.
  • Associate of Applied Science - Specialization in Pipefitter (4 semesters): Prepare for a career in the maritime field assembling, installing, and maintaining pipe systems, pipe supports, and related hydraulic and pneumatic equipment for steam, hot water, heating, cooling, lubricating, sprinkling, and industrial production and processing systems.
  • Associate of Applied Science - Specialization in Structural (4 semesters): Gain familiarization with basic ship construction and ship processes and techniques, various ship systems and the basic knowledge and terminology to report to worksites aboard ships or in the shipyard.
  • Associate of Applied Science - Specialization in Trades Technician (4 semesters): This program is designed for students who want to learn the skills necessary to install and maintain marina and boat equipment and systems.

Logistics Management Degree Programs

  • Associate of Applied Science - Specialization in Maritime Logistics (4 Semesters): Launch a rewarding career in supply chain management, distribution and transportation, management, or maritime economics. You’ll learn how to plan, organize and control the flow of an organization’s supply chain and move a product from supplier to customer.

Marine Trades Career Certificate Programs

  • Career Studies Certificate - Inside Machinist (2 semesters): Prepares students for a career in the manufacturing or maritime industry operating manual machine tools. Students are prepared to obtain National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) industry certifications.
  • Career Studies Certificate - Marine Electrical (2 semesters): This curriculum is focused on the maintenance and repair of shipboard electrical and electronic systems from fundamental electrical skills to ship systems and marine electronics.
  • Career Studies Certificate - Marine Mechanical (2 semesters): Learn the fundamentals of mechanical systems, hydraulics, and blueprint reading in addition to gaining a strong foundational knowledge of ship systems and an orientation to maritime careers.
  • Career Studies Certificate - Maritime Technologies (2 semesters): Designed to get you into—or advancing in—the maritime field as quickly as possible, this program will help you gain familiarization with basic ship construction and ship processes and techniques, various ship systems, and basic knowledge and terminology.
  • Career Studies Certificate - Maritime Welding (2 semesters): Courses in this certificate provide fundamental instruction in ship systems, maritime welding and special maritime welding techniques.
  • Career Studies Certificate – Pipefitter (2 semesters): Learn the fundamentals of machine blueprint reading, industrial pipefitting, pipe welding, piping and auxiliary systems, and pipefitting and fabrication.
  • Career Studies Certificate - Marine Gasoline Engine Technology (2 semesters): Learn how to maintain, diagnose and repair marine inboard and outboard engines in our hands-on classrooms. In addition to gaining expertise in marine maintenance mechanics, basic marine electrical circuits and hydraulics, you’ll train to maintain, diagnose and repair marine inboard and outboard engines and stern drive transmission systems.

Marine Apprenticeship Programs

  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard Apprentice Program: Norfolk Naval Shipyard's (NNSY) Apprentice Program, in partnership with TCC, is designed to attract talented individuals who want a rewarding career with the federal government. Students participate in a rigorous training program, which combines TCC's academic classes with NNSY’s trade theory training and on-the-job learning experience. Compressed sessions will consist of 2 nine-week sessions, leading to a Certificate of Completion.

USCG Captain's Training Programs

LAST UPDATED ON Aug 9, 2021