Marine Technology - Navigation
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General information

Program code
MNAV
Duration
6 Semesters, plus 3 work terms (3 Years)
Credential
Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Co-op
Work integrated learning
3 Co-op Work Terms
Academic area
Campuses
Delivery
Full-time

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2020 Owen Sound

Program description

This program has been planned in co-operation with Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security (TCMSS) and Canada's shipping companies. Students acquire a complete education which will prepare them for the occupation of ship's Navigation Officer. The specialized competencies and work experience also provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary for employment in government and in other marine-related industries.

Additional program specific fee information for Marine Technology - Navigation

Why study Marine Technology - Navigation at Georgian?

Our grads get great jobs.

Our graduates find rewarding careers at all levels of the marine industry. A worldwide shortage of qualified engineering and navigational officers means that, once certified, grads are immediately entering the workforce. Entry level salaries can reach $100K.

Our grads get 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.

State-of-the-art facilities
The Centre for Marine Training and Research is Canada's most advanced marine simulation and research centre. Located in beautiful Owen Sound, Ontario, the facility recently underwent an extensive $8-million renovation to enhance hands-on training for students.

Industry support
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.

Hands-on experience
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 two mandatory co-op terms. Navigation cadets (students) get a total of 365 days of sea time over those work terms.

This program is highly competitive. Learn about admission requirements for highly competitive programs.

Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE).

This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for co-operative education programs in Canada, and recognizes Georgian's commitment to quality in co-op education.

CAFCE accreditation logo

Career opportunities

Graduates of this program may find rewarding careers as ship's officers on board commercial vessels throughout Canada and the world. This three year co-operative cadet training program may lead to career advancement to senior ranks on board ship and to positions of leadership in the marine industry. Graduates are eligible to write examinations for the Transport Canada Watchkeeping Mate Certificate of Competency and can gain employment in domestic and international shipping industries.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)

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.

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/

Pathways

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:
www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

Admission details

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. TCMSS requires twelve months of Co-op sea service.

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 at 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.

International applicants must sign a letter to acknowledge that Transport Canada does not issue Marine Certificates of Competency (Marine Licence) to non-Canadians.

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.

Courses

Program-specific Courses

  • MARE 1007 - Basic Engineering Knowledge
    (Semester 1 / 48 hours)
  • MARE 1014 - Practical Seamanship
    (Semester 1 / 48 hours)
  • MARE 1016 - Astronomy For Navigation
    (Semester 1 / 48 hours)
  • MARE 1026 - Seamanship
    (Semester 1 / 48 hours)
  • MARE 1030 - Coastal Navigation 1
    (Semester 1 / 96 hours)
  • MARE 1051 - Radar Navigation
    (Semester 1 / 48 hours)
  • MATH 1037 - Introduction to Marine Technology Navigation Mathematics
    (Semester 1 / 48 hours)
  • COMP 1003 - Microcomputer Applications
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • MARE 1018 - Navigational Safety 1
    (Semester 2 / 48 hours)
  • MARE 1019 - Introduction to Ship Master's Business
    (Semester 2 / 48 hours)
  • MARE 1021 - Ship Construction
    (Semester 2 / 64 hours)
  • MARE 1024 - Global Marine Distress and Safety System Part 1
    (Semester 2 / 24 hours)
  • MARE 1048 - Electronic Positioning Systems
    (Semester 2 / 48 hours)
  • MATH 1038 - Marine Technology Navigation Mathematics
    (Semester 2 / 48 hours)
  • ELEC 2017 - Marine Electricity Fundamentals
    (Semester 3 / 64 hours)
  • MARE 2022 - Ocean Navigation 1
    (Semester 3 / 64 hours)
  • MARE 2028 - Navigational Safety 2
    (Semester 3 / 32 hours)
  • MARE 2039 - Radar and Automatic Radar Plotting Aids
    (Semester 3 / 48 hours)
  • MARE 2040 - Advanced Seamanship
    (Semester 3 / 32 hours)
  • MARE 2041 - Signals and Communications
    (Semester 3 / 16 hours)
  • MARE 2042 - General Ship Knowledge 1
    (Semester 3 / 48 hours)
  • METE 2004 - Meteorology 1
    (Semester 3 / 64 hours)
  • MARE 2005 - Transverse Stability
    (Semester 4 / 48 hours)
  • MARE 2029 - Cargo Work 1
    (Semester 4 / 32 hours)
  • MARE 2030 - Coastal Navigation 2
    (Semester 4 / 80 hours)
  • MARE 2043 - Advanced Engineering Knowledge for Navigation
    (Semester 4 / 48 hours)
  • MENG 1017 - Applied Mechanics
    (Semester 4 / 48 hours)
  • METE 2003 - Meteorology 2
    (Semester 4 / 64 hours)
  • MARE 2026 - Ocean Navigation 2
    (Semester 5 / 64 hours)
  • MARE 3030 - Advanced Navigational Safety
    (Semester 5 / 32 hours)
  • MARE 3031 - Navigational Systems and Instruments
    (Semester 5 / 80 hours)
  • MARE 3033 - Cargo Work 2
    (Semester 5 / 48 hours)
  • MARE 3036 - Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS)
    (Semester 5 / 48 hours)
  • MARE 3037 - General Ship Knowledge 2
    (Semester 5 / 32 hours)
  • MARE 3051 - Leadership and Teamwork
    (Semester 5 / 32 hours)
  • MARE 3015 - Shipmaster's Business
    (Semester 6 / 48 hours)
  • MARE 3039 - Simulated Navigation
    (Semester 6 / 64 hours)
  • MARE 3052 - Longitudinal Stability
    (Semester 6 / 64 hours)
  • PHYS 3000 - Physics
    (Semester 6 / 48 hours)
  • COOP 1033 - Marine Navigation Work Term 1 (occurs after Semester 2)
    (Semester 6 / 840 hours)
  • COOP 2031 - Marine Navigation Work Term 2 (occurs after Semester 4)
    (Semester 6 / 1680 hours)
  • COOP 3012 - Marine Nav Co-op Work Term 3 (occurs after Semester 6)
    (Semester 6 / 400 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 2)
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 4)