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Maritime Technologies

Career Studies Certificate

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A flood of jobs for skilled candidates await.

Earn while you learn with paid apprenticeships at companies such as AMSEC, BAE Systems and Oceaneering

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Maritime occupations are in-demand in Hampton Roads as many shipyard workers near retirement age. Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Maritime Technologies is designed to get you into – or advancing in – the maritime field as quickly as possible so you can take advantage of these new and exciting job opportunities.

You will gain familiarization with basic ship construction and ship processes and techniques, various ship systems and the basic knowledge and terminology.  

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. 

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Apply all your credits toward TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Maritime Technologies.

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What does this program cost?

TCC’s career studies certificate in maritime technologies consists of 2 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly at the Chesapeake, Portsmouth or Virginia Beach campuses.

If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part time.

Estimated Program Cost*:
25-27 credits x $185.35 per credit = $4,633.75 - $5,004.45 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

Credits earned in this certificate apply toward an Associate of Applied Science in Maritime Technologies.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you: 

  • enjoy working with your hands
  • are detail oriented
  • enjoy problem-solving
  • work well in groups 
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Cooperative education opportunities allow you to earn college credit on the job in one of the busiest, fastest growing port areas in the nation

Specialized certificates are also available in marine electrical, marine mechanical and maritime welding

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there will be a 15 to 20 percent shortage in qualified maritime journeymen through 2020


Tired of dead-end jobs, alum found a promising future as a shipyard apprentice


Sarah Canclini is a superintendent trainee in TCC's registered apprenticeship program


TCC partners with employers offering apprenticeship opportunities in the maritime industries.