Full-time/Cooperative Education Diploma 2535dipts

Nautical Sciences Diploma Program

Note: The September 2016 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for re-admission may be submitted. Applications for the September 2017 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2016.

Nautical Sciences Cadets are trained seafarers capable of using technological and navigational equipment on a wide range of ships, from large passenger cruise ships to cargo vessels. Cadets receive instruction and training based on seamanship and traditional maritime skills in areas such as:

  • officer of the watch training
  • marine communications and navigation
  • rescue, safety and environmental response
  • security threat response and vigilance
  • safe carriage of goods

The Program

The Nautical Sciences Diploma is a 4 year co-operative education program for students entering the merchant marine as trainee deck officers.

You will be given assistance to find suitable employment throughout your cooperative training period to obtain your Certificate of Competency. Upon obtaining your Certificate of Competency, you have a good chance of being employed as navigation officers on merchant ships worldwide.

Graduates from the program will be awarded a Diploma from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Canadian citizens and Canadian landed immigrants will also, upon completion of all prerequisites, receive a Certificate of Competency issued by Transport Canada.



Program Entry

Application processing

Applications accepted November 1st* to April 30th

*or next business day

Applications are considered for a specific intake; this program does not carry a wait list from year to year.

Note: This program does not accept applications from International students. View programs that do

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Two-step process

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Academic grades above the minimum
  • Related experience

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

*This program has a mandatory uniform policy in which Cadets and Officers are required to wear a uniform while in class.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Step 2: Requirements for selected applicants:

All applications will be reviewed by the program area at the application deadline. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for the following:

  • Multiple Mini Interview Process (MMI). Interviews will be conducted in the month of April and selections made in May.

Admission is competitive and will be offered to the most qualified applicants.

Note: Acceptance into the program does not constitute a guarantee by BCIT that a shipping company will provide a berth for the co-op terms. BCIT will assist cadets with the coordination of requirements for sea terms.

Recommended for success

  • Completion of Physics 11 (higher levels recommended)

Apply to program

Note: The September 2016 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for re-admission may be submitted. Applications for the September 2017 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2016.

Note: This program does not accept applications from International students. View programs that do

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
Apply Online

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

myCommunication

Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

For information on textbooks, please contact the BCIT Bookstore at 604-432-8379 or 877-333-8379 (toll-free within Canada).

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Required Book Estimates: Optional Book Estimates:
First Year: $200-$300 $800-$900
Second Year: $350-$450 $0-$100
Third Year: $450-$550 $0-$100
Fourth Year: $500-$600 $0-$100

(general estimated cost, subject to change)

For more information on textbooks, please contact the BCIT Bookstore at 604-432-8379 or 877-333-8379 (toll-free within Canada).

Supplies: Cadets must acquire drawing instruments, a scientific calculator and stationary supplies as required. Coveralls, sight and hearing protection and safety boots, worn during the training exercises, are the responsibility of the Cadets.

Uniforms: Cadets are required to purchase uniforms from an approved supplier to be worn while in class. Depending on quantity and size, the total cost for uniforms during the first year is between $250 and $350.

Documentation: Throughout the duration of the program, students are required to maintain official documentation such as Transport Canada Medicals, passports, and other company specific requests for the co-operative sea phase terms, that are subject to additional fees.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Class hours

0830–1600, Monday through Friday

Due to size limitations in some courses, students may be required to take some afternoon classes.

Program matrix

First Year, Term 1 (25 weeks)
Intake 21 and all future intakes
Credits
  MEDI 1500 Basic Safety Training 3.0
  MEDI 1800 Survival Craft 2.0
  MSEC 1010 Ship Security Officer Revised 1.5
  MSSM 1200 Marine Advanced First Aid Revised 2.0
  MSSM 1205 Seamanship 9.0
  MSSM 1600 Oil and Chemical Tanker Familiarization Training 4.0
  NAUT 0001 Orientation to Nautical Sciences 0.0
  NAUT 1200 Ship Construction 1 2.0
  NAUT 1202 Ship Stability 1 3.0
  NAUT 1211 Ship Cargo 1 3.0
  NAUT 1220 Regulations 1 2.0
  NAUT 1225 Ship Navigation Safety 1 2.0
  NAUT 1230 Ship Navigation 1 6.0
  NAUT 1235 Ship Meteorology 1 2.0
  NAUT 1241 Mathematics 1 4.0
  NAUT 1252 Technical Writing 4.0
 
First Year, Term 2 Co-op (31 weeks) Credits
  NAUT 1990 Co-operative Training 1 41.5
 
Second Year, Term 3 (23 weeks)
Intake 20 Only
Credits
  ENAV 1000 Simulated Electronic Navigation I - Part A 8.0
  GMDS 1800 Global Maritime Distress and Safety System 4.0
  NAUT 1201 Terrestrial Navigation 4.0
  NAUT 1805 Communications 1 2.0
  NAUT 1810 Communications 2 2.0
  NAUT 2200 Ship Construction 2 2.0
  NAUT 2202 Ship Stability 2 4.0
  NAUT 2210 Ship Cargo 2 2.0
  NAUT 2220 Regulations 2 2.0
  NAUT 2225 Ship Navigation Safety 2 2.0
  NAUT 2230 Ship Navigation 2 7.0
  NAUT 2235 Ship Meteorology 2 2.0
  NAUT 2240 Applied Mathematics 2 2.0
  NAUT 2246 Applied Physics 2 3.0
 
Second Year, Term 4 Co-op (40 weeks) Credits
  NAUT 2990 Co-operative Training 2 53.5
 
Third Year, Term 5 (27 weeks)
Intakes 19 and 20 Only
Credits
  ENAV 1050 Simulated Electronic Navigation I - Part B 5.0
  ENAV 2400 Bridge Team Management 2.0
  ENAV 3100 Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) 2.0
  MEDI 2500 Advanced Fire Fighting Officer Certification 2.5
  NAUT 1204 Cargo and Stability Software 1.0
  NAUT 1206 Ship Engineering Knowledge 1 2.0
  NAUT 1207 Electricity 3.0
  NAUT 1209 Ship Management / ISM 1 2.0
  NAUT 1260 Oral Tutorial 1 2.0
  NAUT 2201 Celestial Navigation 9.0
  NAUT 3200 Ship Construction 3 2.0
  NAUT 3202 Ship Stability 3 8.0
  NAUT 3210 Ship Cargo 3 2.0
  NAUT 3225 Ship Navigation Safety 3 3.0
  NAUT 3235 Ship Meteorology 3 2.0
  NAUT 3240 Applied Mathematics 3 2.0
  NAUT 3245 Applied Physics 3 3.0
 
Third Year, Term 6 Co-op (35 weeks) Credits
  NAUT 3990 Co-operative Training 3 47.0
 
Fourth Year, Term 7 (24 weeks)
Intakes 18, 19 and 20 Only
Credits
  ENAV 2000 Simulated Electronic Navigation 2 6.0
  ENAV 2600 Bridge Resource Management 2.0
  MEDI 1060 Marine Emergency Duties D Senior Officer Certification 1.0
  MERS 1100 Propulsion Plant Simulator Nautical 2.0
  MSSM 3400 Marine Medical Care 4.0
  NAUT 1231 Navigation Systems & Instruments 8.0
  NAUT 1232 Deviascope 2.0
  NAUT 1233 Ship Handling 2.0
  NAUT 1255 Passenger Safety Management 1.0
  NAUT 2207 Ship Engineering Knowledge 2 4.0
  NAUT 2209 Ship Management / ISM 2 4.0
  NAUT 2260 Oral Tutorial 2 2.0
  NAUT 4210 Ship Cargo 4 8.0
  NAUT 4235 Ship Meteorology 4 2.0
 
Total Credits: 338.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

Four years, full-time

Accreditation

This program is accredited by Transport Canada.

Students will be eligible to challenge Transport Canada examination for a Watchkeeping Mate Certificate after successful completion of three years of the program and acquiring twelve months of sea time during the first two co-op phases.

Examination fees where applicable, are payable to Transport Canada and are due two weeks in advance. Information on Transport Canada examination fees is available upon request.

The Nautical Sciences program covers all courses required for a Standards Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Chief Mate Level, as listed in the Marine Personnel Regulations of Canada Shipping Act 2001.

Program location

Marine Campus
265 West Esplanade
North Vancouver, BC

Program structure

This 4 year diploma program consists of 4 terms of classroom instruction interspersed with 3 co-op terms:

School Co-op Terms
First Year Term 1
(Sept-Feb)
Term 2
(Feb-Sept)
Second Year Term 3
(Sep-Mar)
Term 4
(Mar-Dec)
Third Year Term 5
(Jan-Jun)
Term 6
(Jun-Mar)
Fourth Year Term 7
(Mar-Aug)
 

Students re-applying to Term 7 of the Nautical Sciences Diploma program (e.g. the student has withdrawn from the program and is now re-applying to the next Term 7) may be required to complete SEN and BRM courses outside of the scheduled Term 7. This is due to the limitations of simulator capacity.

Additional Program Requirements:

  • Students must successfully complete all courses in the program within 7 years from the start of the program.
  • Students enrolling in Term 7 must have Watchkeeping services completed on vessels of not less than 500GT.
  • A 3 year training certificate will be issued to students successfully completing Terms 1 through 5 of the program.
  • A 4 year training certificate will be issued to students successfully completing Terms 1 through 7 of the program.
  • During the final (third) co-op term, students must have completed at least three months as Officer of a Watch on voyages certified by Transport Canada to be eligible to enrol for Term 7.

Graduating & Jobs

Career Overview

Cadets receive a thorough background in the principles and operation of modern vessels like super tankers, bulk carriers, cruise ships and off shore supply vessels. At the end of the third year, successful students achieve their Watchkeeping Mate Certificate. This initial licence allows a cadet to officially become a ship's Officer. They will then become an important part of the ship's management team to ensure the safe navigation of the ship and the safety of its cargo. They are also responsible for seamanship, cargoes and stowage, safety and communications. In port, they manage the loading and off-loading of cargoes. After graduation from the Diploma program and with more sea time aboard ships, Officers may continue to upgrade their skills with the ultimate goal of becoming a Master Mariner.

Lifestyle & Nature of Work

Whether being a member of the bridge team working with the Captain and other crew members to handle the ship or being in charge of a group of skilled seafarers to operate the ship's equipment, the challenges are great and the rewards are many. The marine industry requires its Cadets and Officers to be at sea operating in nearly every ocean, aboard a variety of vessels. Depending on the schedule of the shipping company, Deck Officers or Cadets could be away from home for months at a time. The work conditions can be demanding, however, there may be exciting opportunities to meet multinational crew members and travel around the world.

Salary Ranges

Salaries are dependent on the type of employer and the company's nationality. During the student's first two co-op terms at sea, Cadets may earn on average US $500 to $1,300 per month. During the third sea phase, a qualified Deck Officer could earn anywhere between US $5,000 and $10,000 per month, particularly with those companies that transport liquid petroleum products, bulk commodities, oil and gas on the Great Lakes in Canada. Cost expenses such as food and lodging are typically covered.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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Contact Us

BCIT Marine Campus
265 West Esplanade
North Vancouver, BC
Canada
V7M 1A5

Phone: 604-453-4100
Fax: 604-985-2862

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