The Marine Deck Technology (MDT) program is a US Coast Guard-approved program that combines practical experience and courses in nautical science, computation, communications and human relations. Emphasis is placed on the theory, design, operation and maintenance of deck equipment and applied navigation skills. During the second and third quarters, students gain shipboard experience aboard the college’s training vessels. The academic program is followed by a 90-day at-sea internship on a commercial vessel.
Each graduate who successfully completes the 63.5 credit program receives a certificate that the Coast Guard has approved in lieu of the written and practical examination requirements for national endorsement as an Able Seaman and Lifeboatman, as well as the practical requirements for STCW endorsement as a Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW). In addition, graduates receive a total of 240 days of sea time credited toward endorsement as an Able Seaman-Special (AB-Special) or credit for one-third of the sea service requirements of any other Able Seaman endorsement.
NOTE: Students must complete a Coast Guard-approved STCW Basic Training course prior to the at-sea internship.