Yacht and Marine Design Career Training in San Diego, CA

While the San Diego, CA, area has no schools that offer yacht and marine design programs, there are a few schools within 80 miles of the city that provide training in related areas. Learn about the degree programs offered, admission info and program requirements for three of these schools to make an informed decision.

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Yacht and Marine Design Training Programs

Naval architecture and marine engineering programs, which train people to build and design boats, are very rare. However, there are two schools within 100 miles of the San Diego that over relevant programs. Read about the options at the two featured schools below, and compare some essential school statistics in the comparison table.

  • Saddleback College, which is about 70 miles from downtown San Diego, offers a marine technology seamanship certificate program.
  • Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, located nearly 80 miles from San Diego, has a School of Sailing and Seamanship that offers programs in sailing and seamanship.

Comparison of Schools

Yacht and marine design students who are willing to travel can use the following table to explore the cost of attendance and the likelihood of receiving financial aid at the schools featured above. Essential school information about admissions and graduation, campus locations and student enrollment can also be found in the table.

Saddleback College Orange Coast College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 19,783* 22,156*
Campus Setting Large suburb Midsize City
Tuition and Fees (2017-18) $1,328 in-state, $10,568 out-of-state* $1,186 in-state, $7,690 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2017) 40%* 55%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - open admissions* N/A - open admissions*
Retention Rate (2017) 77% full-time, 49% part time* 74% full-time, 54% part time*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2014) 38%* 39% (12% transfer-out rate)*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

Saddleback College

Saddleback College is a two-year, public university which offers a seamanship certificate program. Students can gain licensure through Coast Guard examinations by earning this certificate.

Marine Science Technology Seamanship Certificate Program

Coursework for this program is conducted with hands-on training in the Channel Islands. Students will practice with 28-48-foot sailing and power vessels and 14-foot Capri sailboats. Specifically, topics include marine weather, coastal navigation, vessel command and organization, celestial navigation, intermedia ocean sailing and electronic aids to navigation. With the completion of this program, students may also be able to qualify for an Associate in Science degree.

Orange Coast College

This two-year university houses a School of Sailing and Seamanship and offers a variety of adult sailing and seamanship classes. U.S. Coast Guard-approved courses are also available in addition to powerboat training.

Marine Maintenance Programs

Students can take marine maintenance programs in areas like marine electrical systems, outboard maintenance and troubleshooting, marine propulsion, and repair, paint and varnish techniques. Classes meet once a week or for a few hours each week. Topics that will be explored include elecrtical systems, solar and winder chargers, diagnostics, fuel mixtures, engine replacement, surface preparation for painting and appropriate mixing procedures.

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