Marine Technology Degree in Texas with Course Summaries

Jul 24, 2019

Texas has four schools that offer marine technology programs. Learn about the courses, tuition info and program options for these schools to make an informed education decision.

Essential Information

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 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 (2018-2019)
Austin Community College 2-year, public; large city Certificate in Marine Engine Repair $2,550 in-district;
$10,830 in-state;
$13,020 out-of-state*
San Jacinto Community College 2-year, public; large suburb Associate of Applied Science in Maritime Technology $1,548 in-district;
$2,628 in-state;
$4,188 out-of-state*
Texas A&M University - Galveston 4-year, public; small city Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering Technology,
Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering
$11,870 in-state;
$37,495 out-of-state*

Source: *NCES, College Navigator

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