Maritime Programs

Navigate to your maritime career at TCC

One thing Hampton Roads has a lot of is water. It also has plentiful jobs on the water.

Deep harbors and technologically advanced seaports are ready to accommodate the flow of huge ships expected to sail through an expanded Panama Canal. Those ships will be a boon for our region’s shipping and ship repair industries.

And that means jobs that can be yours in two years or less with a degree, certificate or industry credential from Tidewater Community College


The region’s shipbuilding industry also has opportunities. Positions include tugboat hands, truck drivers, welders, pipefitters and shipfitters. By the end of the decade, 18,000 of these jobs will need to be filled.

Also, the Norfolk Naval Shipyard is expanding its apprenticeship program in order to fill an expected 5,000 civilian jobs.

Here’s why TCC is your best place to start:

  • Knowledgeable faculty with practical experience across the spectrum of the maritime industry
  • Naval Sea Systems Command logoAcademic partnership with the Norfolk Naval Shipyard Apprentice Program
  • Training to more than 1,300 apprentices in the maritime industry across the region
  • Placement at companies like AMSEC, BAE Systems, Colonna’s Shipyard, General Dynamics and Huntington Ingalls
  • Partnerships with with employers offering apprenticeship opportunities in the maritime and manufacturing industries
  • Internship programs that give TCC students real-world experience at the Port of Virginia -- one of the busiest, fastest growing port operations in the nation.

Sarah Canclini, a 2008 TCC graduate, made the SMART choice, and is an apprentice at BAE Systems.

TCC's for-credit maritime programs

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Marine Gasoline Engine Technology

Learn to maintain, diagnose and repair marine inboard and outboard engines.

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Diesel Marine Technology

Learn the theory of marine diesel operation along with the latest repair and diagnostic procedures available in the industry.

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Maritime Technologies

Associate degree or certificate prepares you for an in-demand job in the commercial or naval ship repair industry. 

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Marine Electrical

The maintenance and repair of shipboard electrical and electronic systems.

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Marine Mechanical

Fundamentals of mechanical systems, hydraulics, ship systems.

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Maritime Welding

Fundamental instruction in ship systems, maritime welding and special maritime welding techniques. 

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Maritime Logistics

Learn supply chain management, distribution and transportation, warehouse and inventory management.

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Truck Driving

The port needs truckers. Learn rules and regulations, defensive driving, maintenance, hazardous material and highway and city driving.

Continuing education & professional development

These noncredit programs are offered through TCC’s Center for Workforce Solutions and Center for Military and Veterans Education.

Hampton Roads Maritime Training Program offers Coast Guard-approved courses including

  • Basic Training (firefighting, CPR, first aid, safety, survival)
  • Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels
  • Master (100 Gross Tons or less)

Military-related students are eligible for these courses through the CMVE. 

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