What is Marine Technology?
For years, it was not uncommon for a deckhand on a towboat with no higher education to work his way up the ladder to become a Captain or Chief Engineer. Today as technologies are added and new U.S. Coast Guard regulations are put into place, individuals are finding that working on Americas Inland Waterways requires not only a love of the waterways but also a commitment to continuous learning.
The Marine Technology program gives the professional mariner the opportunity to rise above the crowd and establish themselves as a leader in the Industry as well as improve their opportunities to advance professionally. The curriculum for the Marine Technology program is taught online with flexible schedules to accommodate the ever changing schedules of the mariner.
We now offer an Electronic Charting Software Training Course using Rose Point Navigation Systems Software and an U.S. Coast Guard Approved 16-Hour Marine Basic Firefighting Course.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Degrees and Transfers
The Marine Technology program is one of the reasons that West Kentucky Community and Technical College has been named one of the top ten community colleges of the nation by the Aspen Institute. The college is committed to providing excellence and educational opportunities and training in the high-wage, high-demand marine industry.
Associate Degree in Applied Technology in Marine Technology with the following tracks:
- Marine Culinary Management Track
- Marine Engineering Track
- Marine Logistics Operations Track
- Wheelhouse Management Track
Length of Program
You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
- Learn about our new Electronic Charting Software Training Course.
- Learn about our new U.S. Coast Guard Approved 16-hour Marine Basic Firefighting Course
Industry Related Associations
- The American Waterways Operators
- The International Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Paducah, Kentucky
- The Waterways Journal
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.
Field Licensure Requirements
There are no specific requirements to work in this field beyond completion of the program.