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Maritime Technologies

Associate of Applied Science

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The region’s only maritime technologies program is at TCC

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

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The fastest growing field in transportation jobs is maritime, with a promising outlook for years to come in Hampton Roads as many workers near retirement. Chart your course for success in the maritime field with Tidewater Community College’s Associate of Applied Science in Maritime Technologies.

Developed by TCC in close cooperation with the region’s shipbuilding, industrial and port-operations companies, this program prepares you for an in-demand job in the commercial or naval ship repair industry. Areas of study include:

  • blueprint reading
  • computer-aided drafting and design
  • an introduction to ship systems
  •  industrial safety
  •  watercraft ignition, charging and fuel systems.

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.

Our core courses help you build a strong foundation in maritime technologies, and our nine specializations allow you to focus on the specific skills, tools and knowledge valued by employers:


Students who complete a maritime-related apprenticeship will be prepared to apply for supervisory positions. 

What does this program cost?

You can complete a 2-year associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university. 

TCC’s associate degree in maritime technologies consists of 4 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*:
67-68 credits x $185.35 per credit = $12,418.45 - $12,603.80 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

Graduates interested in further education can transfer to Old Dominion University’s occupational technical studies program. 

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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Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill® and other educational benefits.

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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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Paid apprenticeships are available at companies like AMSEC, BAE Systems, Colonna’s Shipyard, Norfolk Naval Shipyard and Oceaneering

The curriculum pathway in maritime technologies features dual enrollment opportunities for high school students and apprenticeships for adult learners

Cooperative education opportunities allow you to earn college credit while on the job in one of the busiest, fastest growing port areas in the nation


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


TCC partners with employers offering apprenticeship opportunities in the maritime industry


Apprentice earns while he learns working toward an associate degree