Marine Technology - Navigation (Co-op)

Marine Technology - Navigation (Co-op) Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Co-op

What is Marine Technology - Navigation (Co-op)?

This program has been planned in co-operation with Transport Canada and Canada's shipping companies. It offers a complete education for those seeking employment as a ship's Navigation Officer. The specialized competencies and work experience also provide the graduate with opportunities for employment in government and in other marine-related industries. NOTE: This is a Transport Canada approved program.

Why start your marine career at Georgian College?

Life aboard ship is like no other! If the sea is calling you, an education at the Georgian College Great Lakes International Marine Training Research Centre can be the start of an exciting and rewarding career.

  • Great jobs: Marine industry employers like what they see in our graduates. A shortage of qualified engineering and navigation officers in Canada and abroad means our graduates are in demand. Our graduates find rewarding jobs with rapid advancement, working on the Great Lakes and on ships at sea worldwide. Starting salaries range from $60,000 to $80,000.
  • Great facilities: The Great Lakes International Marine Training and Research Centre is Canada’s most advanced marine simulation and research facility. Located in beautiful Owen Sound, Ontario, the facility recently underwent an extensive $8-million renovation to enhance hands-on training for students.
  • Great partners: This program was developed in co-operation with Transport Canada and national shipping companies and relationships with those partner organizations remain strong. Marine companies support this program by providing a variety of inland and coastal placements for cadet work terms, which can lead to employment upon graduation.
  • Great curriculum: Students learn through a progressive mix of skills training, shipboard training and academic studies, including navigation training in our marine simulators. The program involves six academic semesters accompanied by three mandatory co-op terms. Navigation cadets (students) get a total of 365 days at sea over those work terms.

 

Program Outline 2015-2016

Major:
MNAV
Length:
3 Years
Effective Dates:
2015-2016
Delivery:
6 Semesters, plus 3 work terms
Credential:
Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Co-op
Location:
Owen Sound
Start:

Fall - Owen Sound

Contact:
Colin MacNeil
Email:
Colin.MacNeil@GeorgianCollege.ca
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 2071

This program has been planned in co-operation with Transport Canada and Canada's shipping companies. It offers a complete education for those seeking employment as a ship's Navigation Officer. The specialized competencies and work experience also provide the graduate with opportunities for employment in government and in other marine-related industries. NOTE: This is a Transport Canada approved program.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • show a professional attitude and use ethical practices to monitor and control compliance with legislation to ensure the safety of life at sea and protection of the marine environment


  • work with others to safely and effectively function as a member of a large dynamic team whose goal is to transport cargo in a safe and environmentally sustainable manner


  • communicate and manage information in a variety of forms


  • plan and conduct a sea passage, determine and monitor the vessels position at all times


  • maintain a safe navigational watch using modern and traditional navigation skills


  • forecast weather and oceanographic conditions


  • communicate effectively between ship to ship and ship to shore


  • maneuver the ship safety and efficiently


  • inspect the ship for defects and damage


  • load, transport and discharge cargo to the orders of the ship owner, cargo owner and government requirements and maintain the seaworthiness of the ship


  • apply "hands on" seamanship skills


  • use modern technology in the performance of shipboard duties and be able to adapt to changes in technology


  • monitor and control compliance with legislation to ensure the safety of life at sea and protection of the marine environment


  • practice and develop effective basic management skills with respect to human and physical resources.

Co-operative Education is a mandatory component of all Co-op programs at Georgian College; it has been designed as a process by which students integrate their academic education with work experience related to their programs of study. This integration affects much more than simply earning a salary, including the adjustment to the work environment and the development of professionalism. It also reinforces skills and theory learned during academic semesters, develops professional contacts, job knowledge and career path, improves human relations and communication skills, and promotes personal maturity and financial independence.

Students are requested to register, attend and participate in their scheduled co-operative education classes. These classes are scheduled for all first year students and are expected to be completed in order for students to proceed successfully to their first co-op work experiences. To ensure students are eligible to proceed onto any co-op work experience, students should refer to Promotional Status and Eligibility for Co-op as outlined in the College Calendar. Co-op policies and procedures can be located on our website: www.georgiancollege.ca/student-services/co-op-and-career-services/students-tab/

Georgian College follows the Co-operative Education guidelines set out by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) by supporting the learning outcomes designed for the program specific graduate profile and curriculum as set out by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Fall Intake - Owen Sound

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Work Term 1 | Sem 3 | Sem 4 | Work Term 2-dbl | Sem 5

------------------------------------------------------------------------

Fall | Winter | Summer | Fall | Winter | Summer | Winter

2015 | 2016 | 2016 | 2016 | 2017 | 2017 | 2018

Sem 6-8wks | Work Term 3-8wk

----------------------------

Summer | Summer

2018 | 2018

OSSD or equivalent with

- Grade 12 English (C or U)

- Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

- OSS Curriculum: OSSD or equivalent with Grade 12 English (C) or (U) (ENG 4C, ENG 4U); plus any Grade 12 College Mathematics (MAP 4C or MCT 4C), or any Grade 12 U University Mathematics. Also recommended: Physics: Grade 12 College or University (SPH4C, SPH4U), OR Chemistry: Grade 12 Chemistry College or Grade 11 or 12 University (SCH4C, SCH4U, SCH3U).

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

- Any credit Communication course and most credit mathematics courses taken at Georgian College

- College preparatory programs including those taken at Georgian College: Technology Foundation and Technology Fundamentals*

- Equivalent courses in English and mathematics taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)

- Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications and business, apprentice or technical mathematics*

- Mature student testing in English and mathematics that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*

- Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)

- English, Literature or Communication credit courses and most mathematics credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

Home school applicants:

- Applicants can write the mature student testing in English and mathematics that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Note: Applicants must provide a valid Transport Canada Marine Medical stating 'fit for sea service' or 'fit for sea service with limitations'. In the case of an applicant with a certificate 'fit for sea service with limitations', the application will be reviewed for admission.

40 Mandatory Courses

2 Communications Courses

3 Co-op Work Terms

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Mandatory Courses

DRFT1012 Drafting and Basic Blueprint Reading
ELEC2017 Marine Electricity Fundamentals
MARE1007 Basic Engineering Knowledge
MARE1014 Practical Seamanship
MARE1016 Astronomy For Navigation
MARE1017 Radar Navigation
MARE1018 Navigational Safety
MARE1019 Introduction to Ship Master's Business
MARE1021 Ship Construction
MARE1023 Electronic Navigational Aids
MARE1024 GMDSS Part 1
MARE1026 Seamanship
MARE1030 Coastal Navigation 1
MARE2005 Transverse Stability
MARE2012 Industrial and Environmental Safety
MARE2013 Signals and Communications
MARE2014 Simulated Navigation
MARE2022 Ocean Navigation 1
MARE2026 Ocean Navigaton 2
MARE2028 Navigational Safety 2
MARE2029 Cargo Work 1
MARE2030 Coastal Navigation 2
MARE2031 Magnetic Compass Adjustment
MARE3015 Shipmaster's Business
MARE3024 Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS)
MARE3025 Longitudinal Stability
MARE3029 Advanced Seamanship and Bridge Resource Management
MARE3030 Advanced Navigational Safety
MARE3031 Navigational Systems and Instruments
MARE3032 Leadership and Managerial Skills
MARE3033 Cargo Work 2
MARE3034 Naval Architecture
MARE3035 Advanced Engineering Knowledge for Navigation
MATH1018 Introduction to Technical Mathematics
MATH1019 Technical Mathematics
MATH2007 Spherical Mathematics
MENG1017 Applied Mechanics
METE2002 Meteorology 1
METE2003 Meteorology 2
PHYS3000 Physics
Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.
Co-op Work Terms

COOP1033 Marine Navigation Work Term 1
COOP2031 Marine Navigation Work Term 2
COOP3012 Marine Nav Co-op Work Term 3

Co-operative Work Term Requirements

This is a fully integrated co-operative education program, wherein the cadet will participate in semesters of academic study at the Owen Sound Campus interspersed with work term placements on board ships. Hence, undergraduates are involved in work activities directly related to their educational objectives.

Marine Emergency Duties training which is required before a cadet may proceed to the shipboard work placement and for certification as an officer will be scheduled for students for an extra charge.

Every effort is made to arrange work term placements, however, cadets must qualify for such and no guarantee of placement can be made.

Canadian flagged ships only accept Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents for employment. International students are encouraged to investigate Co-op opportunities prior to commencing studies. Cadets may be subjected to adverse environmental conditions while on board ship (noise, dirt, dust, confined quarters and heavy lifting). Anyone with known allergies should consult with the Co-op department.

Eligibility to enter the U.S.

Although not an admission requirement, all shipping companies, whether Canadian or foreign, which have vessels trading in U.S. ports require that all their shipboard personnel be eligible to legally enter the U.S.

View the Marine Technology - Navigation (Co-op) articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.

Six Georgian cadets with Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes and Owen Sound Mayor Deb Haswell.

Six Georgian cadets honoured at international marine industry gathering

Six Great Lakes International Marine Training and Research Centre cadets were once again honoured at Marine Club, a gathering at the Royal York Hotel of more than 2,000 Great Lakes marine industry executives. Read more...

Uniformed alumnus Brad Hankinson standing in the control room of a ship

Brad Hankinson

Second Mate, Lower Lakes Towing Ltd.

Program:

Marine Technology - Navigation


Georgian’s Marine Technology – Navigation program really attracted me because it helped me get working in the industry within three years. Now I’m second mate on a lake freighter, responsible for a navigational watch twice a day. Read more...

Six Georgian cadets with Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes and Owen Sound Mayor Deb Haswell.

Six Georgian cadets honoured at international marine industry gathering

Six Great Lakes International Marine Training and Research Centre cadets were once again honoured at Marine Club, a gathering at the Royal York Hotel of more than 2,000 Great Lakes marine industry executives. Read more...

Marine student Jessica Clement stands on board a ship

Marine student faces future with excitement and confidence

I was raised in a small Northern Ontario town which relies heavily on the mining industry for employment. A family friend introduced me to the idea of working on board ships –since I crave adventure and enjoy travelling. Read more...

Dan Evans, Grant Patterson, Dustin White and Jason Davenport wearing their team uniforms and standing with their curling brooms

Curling for a cause in Owen Sound

Four of Georgian College’s first-year Marine Navigation students – Dan Evans, Grant Patterson, Dustin White and Jason Davenport – participated in the 12th Annual Charity Curling Funspiel, supporting mammography testing at the Owen Sound Regional Hospital. Read more...

Co-op Student of the Year 2014-Jason Davenport-Georgian College-2014-03

Hard-working blogger wins 2014 Co-op Student of the Year Award

Armed with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Jason Davenport started his career as an equities broker. He excelled and moved through the ranks of some of North America’s largest financial institutions, but something was missing from his life: the water. Read more...

A view of the control panels and window in the new marine centre

$1.5-million gift makes waves for Georgian College's marine programs

The largest and most sophisticated marine navigation simulator at Georgian College’s marine training centre was named after one of the country’s shipping industry leaders, Jack Leitch. Leitch donated $1.5 million to the Great Lakes International Marine Training and Research Centre in Owen Sound. Read more...

A large group of students and leaders on the deck of a ship, looking up at the camera

Ideas in Motion returns to Owen Sound

Marine industry leaders came to Georgian College to present technical papers to Marine Navigation and Engineering cadets. The event is an opportunity for students and faculty to meet with industry personnel, learn about the latest innovative technology and do some industry networking. Read more...

Group shot of cadets with Georgian President and Owen Sound Mayor, all dressed up.

Marine cadets recognized for excellence

Georgian College marine cadets made a splash this January at the 75th annual Marine Club Gala and Awards Ceremony, held at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Several Georgian cadets were honoured with industry awards for academic excellence and outstanding co-op work terms aboard ships. Read more...

A uniformed students stands in a navigation training room

Owen Sound Campus recognized as global leader in marine training technology

The Great Lakes International Marine Training and Research Centre at the Owen Sound Campus is making waves across the globe. The Centre hosted an engine room simulator workshop, chaired by senior Transport Canada officials, in June, 2013. Program director Peter Buell hosted. Read more...

Uniformed alumnus Brad Hankinson standing in the control room of a ship

Brad Hankinson

Second Mate, Lower Lakes Towing Ltd.

Program:

Marine Technology - Navigation


Georgian’s Marine Technology – Navigation program really attracted me because it helped me get working in the industry within three years. Now I’m second mate on a lake freighter, responsible for a navigational watch twice a day. Read more...

Portrait of Alumnus Captain Scott Bravener, smiling and standing in front of a brick wall

Captain Scott Bravener

President and CEO, Lower Lakes Towing Ltd. and the Lower Lakes Transportation Company

Program:

Marine Technology - Navigation

Year:

1985


As president and CEO of Lower Lakes group of companies, and its U.S. subsidiary Lower Lakes Transportation, Captain Scott Bravener oversees 500 employees and the transportation of 18-million metric tons of materials annually on its 16 vessels throughout the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System. Read more...

A large ship barrelling through the waterGeorgian College marine graduates play a large role in the success of Canada’s transportation industry. Graduates from the Great Lakes International Marine Training and Research Centre are considered some of the finest and best educated mariners, with the best marine certification in the world.

Thousands of graduates have gone on to work in rewarding marine careers

  • Shipboard positions as Deck Officers
  • Engine Room Officers
  • Shore-based jobs as Marine Superintendents
  • Marine Operations
  • Manager Human Resources
  • Vice-President
  • President and Owner of Canadian shipping companies

Many opportunities, rapid advancement

Over the next decade, there will be employment opportunities as a result of retirements and from anticipated changes in the Marine sector. About 1,300 jobs are projected to arise over the next ten years, with 73% of those jobs arising through the need to replace retiring personnel. Over 98% of the projected jobs are for full-time work, with the majority tied to the shipping season.

Marine industry employers who hire Georgian co-op students and graduates

  • Algoma Central Marine
  • Atlantic Towing
  • Canada Steamship Lines
  • Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Canadian Coast Guard
  • Essroc Italcementi (Canada) Inc.
  • Great Lakes Pilotage Authority
  • Lower Lakes Towing
  • McAsphalt Marine Transportation Ltd.
  • McKeil Marine Ltd.
  • Nadro Marine
  • Norlake Transportation & Services Inc.
  • Provmar Marine
  • Purvis Marine
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
  • Transport Canada
  • Transport Groupe Desgagnes
  • Upper Lakes Group Inc.
  • Vanguard Shipping (Great Lakes) Ltd.
  • V Ships

 

Your marine career starts here

A view of the control panels and window in the new marine centreWith the goal of enhancing students’ hands-on experience, the Great Lakes International Marine Training and Research Centre underwent an extensive $8-million dollar renovation in 2008. Located in Owen Sound, Ont., it is now Canada’s most advanced marine simulation and research centre.

Engineering simulation

The engine room simulation facility is equipped with Kongsberg simulators. Kongsberg leads the world in DNV-certified engine models.

Navigation simulation

The bridge simulation facility is equiped with Transas simulators.

Location

The Great Lakes International Marine Training and Research Centre is located at the Owen Sound Campus of Georgian College. Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, is at the southern tip of Georgian Bay, in the centre of Ontario’s vacation heartland. The area offers the amenities of big-city life and the charm of a small town. Learn more about the Owen Sound Campus.

For inquiries please contact the appropriate person below.

Contact:
Colin MacNeil
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 2071

use +/- to expand menu options