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Maritime Logistics Education & Marine Diesel, Electrical, Mechanical, Gasoline Engine, Pipefitter, Machinist Career Training at TCC Portsmouth and Chesapeake Campuses

tidewater community college

Tidewater Community College, founded in 1968, 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.

Tidewater Community College has tranfer agreement with The Apprentice School. TCC is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Academic Programs


Undergraduate Programs

  • AAS Degree in Management with Maritime Logistics Specialization: : The Associate of Applied Science degree program takes a theoretical and a practical approach to the supply chain processes of distribution and transportation, supply chain management, purchasing, inventory and warehouse management, accounting, integrated logistics, and financial management. Graduates are prepared for employment and growth in the field of logistics management in the maritime and business environments.
  • AAS Degree in Maritime Technologies: Developed by TCC in close cooperation with the region’s shipbuilding, industrial and port-operations companies, this program prepares for an in-demand job in the commercial or naval ship repair industry for entry or advancement in the maritime industry as an electrician, electronics technician, inside machinist, outside machinist, pipefitter, rigger, painter, carpenter, shipfitter, welder or sheetmetal worker.

Career Education Programs

  • Career Studies Certificate in Maritime Technologies: TCC’s maritime technologies program prepares you for entry or advancement in the maritime industry as an electrician, electronics technician, inside machinist, outside machinist, pipefitter, rigger, painter, carpenter, shipfitter, welder or sheetmetal worker. Graduates typically work in marinas, shipyards and boatyards or aboard ships.
  • Career Studies Certificate in Marine Diesel Technician: The Marine Diesel Technician program provides students with training on modern marine diesel engines and related systems. This program includes the diagnosis, and rebuilding of diesel engines. Also included in the program is the study of fuel injection systems, marine electrical, hydraulics, and marine maintenance mechanics. The Marine Diesel Technician program is a hands-on practical experience program. The student will study the unique requirements of marine mechanics, which includes basic nomenclature, construction and function of hulls, drive power principles, propellers, steering systems, controls, electrical equipment, instruments, and accessories.
  • Career Studies Certificate in Marine Gasoline Engine Technology: The Career Studies Certificate in Marine Gasoline Engine Technology is designed for those planning to maintain, diagnose, and repair marine inboard and outboard engines and stern drive systems found in the commercial and pleasure boating industry.
  • Career Studies Certificate in Marine Mechanical: The Career Studies Certificate in Marine Mechanical prepares students for a career in the maintenance and repair of shipboard mechanical systems. Following completion of this program, individuals may seek employment as marine mechanical technicians.
  • Career Studies Certificate in Marine Electrical: The Career Studies Certificate in Marine Electrical prepares students for a career emphasis in the maintenance and repair of shipboard electrical and electronic systems.
  • Career Studies Certificate in Marine Welding: The Welding programs prepare students for employment in the welding industry. Two tracks are offered: a general welding focus and a maritime welding focus. Graduates are provided education and training for environments such as shipyards, utilities, manufacturing, marine, and oil refineries.A moderate level of manual dexterity and an average mechanical aptitude are helpful.
  • Career Studies Certificate in Inside Machinist: You will learn in our state-of-the-art Precision Machining Lab located on the Chesapeake Campus. Inside the lab are computer numerical control mills and lathes, a surface grinder, automated measurement machines and various manual machine tools.
  • Career Studies Certificate in Pipefitter: You will learn the fundamentals of machine blueprint reading, industrial pipefitting, pipe welding, piping and auxiliary systems, and pipefitting and fabrication. TCC’s pipefitter program prepares you for entry or advancement in maritime and manufacturing settings. Graduates typically work at military installations, factories, shipyards or aboard ships.

TCC Apprenticeship Institute Programs

  • Marine Apprenticeships: Tidewater Community College’s Apprenticeship Institute partners with Hampton Roads employers to develop tailored apprenticeship programs that result in your desired workforce outcome. At no cost to the employer, apprenticeship consultants are available to guide companies through the registered apprenticeship development process from initial concept to full recognition by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry and/or the U.S. Department of Labor. The apprenticeships are offered by companies such AMSEC LLC, BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, Colonna's Shipyard, Marine Hydraulics International, Inc., NAVFAC, Newport News Shipbuilding, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Oceaneering, Seaward Marine Corporation, and Tecnico Corporation to name a few.

LAST UPDATED ON Aug 4, 2017

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