There are only a few schools in Texas that offer programs in marine technology. Most award certificates or associate's degrees, though there is at least one school offering programs at the baccalaureate level. Areas of study range from marine engineering systems and engine mechanics to vessel operations. Curriculum in such programs focuses on the development of hands-on skills and some programs include a practicum component.
Listed below is an overview of programs offered and a comparison chart showing tuition information for each school.
Austin Community College
Located in Austin, this school offers a 2-semester certificate program at its Riverside campus for students interested in learning how to overhaul and maintain marine engines. Coursework covers techniques for mounting outboard engines, diagnosing causes of engine failure and repairing electrical systems. Students also learn how to perform tune-ups.
San Jacinto Community College
Coursework for this Pasadena school's Associate of Applied Science in Maritime Technology program is approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. Students complete training in such areas as advanced navigation, maritime safety systems, marine propulsion and ship construction. Upon program completion, students are prepared for entry-level employment as maritime crew members, such as deckhands.
Texas A&M University - Galveston
Situated on Pelican Island in Galveston, this university is home to the Texas Maritime Academy. Available programs include a bachelor's degree in marine engineering technology. This program is offered as a non-license option and a license option, which is designed for U.S. Maritime Service Corps cadets who would like to become engineering officers. Curriculum emphasizes study in applied electrical and mechanical engineering, as well as marine power systems.
The university also offers a bachelor's degree program in Ocean Engineering that focuses on the design of coastal structures, such as bulkheads, and off-shore marine structures like drilling platforms. Students enrolled in these programs complete training in various workshops, such as the naval architecture lab and the school's training ship, the U.S.T.S. Texas Clipper.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Marine Technology Programs Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Austin Community College||2-year, public; large city||Certificate in Marine Engine Repair|| $2,550 in-district;
|San Jacinto Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Maritime Technology|| $1,408 in-district;
|Texas A&M University - Galveston||4-year, public; small city|| Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering Technology,
Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering
| $10,176 in-state;
Source: *NCES, College Navigator