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Marine Technology - Navigation

Georgian College Applied Arts and Technology
3 years
Full time
Diploma / certificate
On campus
Owen Sound
04 September 2023
Georgian College Applied Arts and Technology

About this program

Marine Technology - Navigation

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.

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Any* Grade 12 Mathematics (C, M, or U)

* A minimum grade of 70% in Grade 12 MAP4C, Foundations for College Mathematics, is required.

Note: Applicants must provide a valid Transport Canada Marine Medical stating 'fit forsea service' or 'fit for sea service with limitations' prior to program start. In the case of an applicant with acertificate 'fit for sea service with limitations', the application will be reviewed. Failure to provide the certificate by the deadline mayresult in an offer of admission being revoked and withdrawal from courses.

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home schoolapplicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicantswho have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing.

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondaryinstitution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered foradmission.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Semester 1

  • Basic Engineering Knowledge
  • Practical Seamanship
  • Astronomy For Navigation
  • Seamanship
  • Coastal Navigation 1
  • Radar Navigation

Semester 2

  • Microcomputer Applications
  • Navigational Safety 1
  • Introduction to Ship Master's Business
  • Ship Construction
  • Global Marine Distress and Safety System Part 1
  • Electronic Positioning Systems
  • Marine Technology Navigation Mathematics

Semester 3

  • Marine Electricity Fundamentals
  • Ocean Navigation 1
  • Navigational Safety 2
  • Radar and Automatic Radar Plotting Aids
  • Advanced Seamanship
  • Signals and Communications
  • General Ship Knowledge 1
  • Meteorology 1

Semester 4

  • Transverse Stability
  • Cargo Work 1
  • Coastal Navigation 2
  • Advanced Engineering Knowledge for Navigation
  • Applied Mechanics
  • Meteorology 2

Semester 5

  • Ocean Navigation 2
  • Advanced Navigational Safety
  • Navigational Systems and Instruments
  • Cargo Work 2
  • Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS)
  • General Ship Knowledge 2
  • Leadership and Teamwork

Semester 6

  • Shipmaster's Business
  • Simulated Navigation
  • Longitudinal Stability
  • Physics


Tuition fee: $16,770.73 CAD


Credential: Ontario College Certificate

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. monitor and control compliance with legislation to ensure the safety of life at sea and protection of the marine environment;
  2. 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;
  3. communicate and manage information in a variety of forms;
  4. communicate effectively from ship to ship and ship to shore;
  5. plan and conduct a sea passage;
  6. determine and monitor the vessels position at all times;
  7. maintain a safe navigational watch using modern and traditional navigation skills;
  8. forecast weather and oceanographic conditions;
  9. maneuver the ship safely and efficiently;
  10. inspect the ship for defects and damage;
  11. load, transport and discharge cargo to the order of the ship and cargo owner;
  12. follow government requirements and maintain the seaworthiness of the ship;
  13. apply "hands on" seamanship skills;
  14. use modern technology in the performance of shipboard duties and be able to adapt to changes in technology;
  15. practice and develop effective, basic management skills

Career paths

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.

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Georgian College

Established in 1967, Georgian College (Canada) is a public college with 125+ market-driven programs offered to over 13,000 full time students including about 4,500 international students from 60 countries. Its 100-acre flagship campus, located in Barrie, is just an hour...

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Georgian College Applied Arts and Technology

1 Georgian Drive
L4M 3X9 Barrie Ontario

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