Seamanship, CPC


The Career Pathway Seamanship Program prepares students for entry level employment as a seaman in the maritime industry. Upon completion of this program, students will have the skills and knowledge to continue studies to complete the Seamanship One-year Certificate and/or Vessel Operations Associate of Applied Science Degree. This program will also assist students in obtaining the basic skills and knowledge to continue their studies towards the United States Coast Guard Able Seaman document exam. Those meeting USCG requirements and having the commensurate deck service time may quality for a U.S. Merchant Mariner’s Document.

Job Description

Individuals completing this competency-based training program will have the requisite knowledge, skills, work habits and attitude to perform work as a deckhand on commercial vessels and with experience may be responsible for keeping the vessel and its equipment in working order. The individual may stand watch—conducting the vessel from one point to another while adhering to the principles of navigation and the rules of the road.

Employment Opportunities

The job outlook is excellent, nationally and is projected to grow.

Potential Earnings

The entry level rate of pay for sailors and marine oilers, varies with individual companies, in Oregon the average is $17.00 per hour. Employees may be provided with meals and living quarters while on-board the vessel.


Course List

MAS100Maritime Occupations


MAS135STCW Basic Training


MAS164Intro to Navigation


MAS168Charts, Aids to Navigation, and Marine Compasses


MAS181Seamanship I


MAS182Seamanship II


MAS183Seamanship III


Institutional Requirements

  • All courses must be passed with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Classes are available Fall, Winter and Spring terms. Some classes are also available Summer term.