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:
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.
Applications accepted November 1st* to March 31st.*
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
*or next business day
Competitive Entry: Two-step process
Preference will be given to applicants with:
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.
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:
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.
Note: This program does not accept applications from international students. View programs that do
BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:
You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.
Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.
You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.
For information on textbooks, please contact the BCIT Bookstore at 604-432-8379 or 877-333-8379 (toll-free within Canada).
Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.
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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 may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.
0830–1600, Monday through Friday
Due to size limitations in some courses, students may be required to take some afternoon classes.
|First Year, Term 1 (25 weeks)||Credits|
STCW Basic Safety
The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers provides standards regarding emergency, occupational safety, and survival. The course provides these standards to meet minimum requirements for familiarization, basic safety, fire fighting, and survival in emergency situations, and the syllabus is in compliance with TP 4957, December 2014. Prerequisite: A valid Seafarers Medical or completed Medical Clearance form. 16 years of age or older. http://www.bcit.ca/files/transportation/pdf/marine/form_medical_clearance.pdf
STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft
This course teaches orderly abandonment of a vessel in an emergency situation; clearing the vessel; proper and effective use of equipment; and coordinating survival activities during rescue operation. The course is designed for certificated officers and for certificated ratings. Such personnel are required to complete a comprehensive MED training program of which Survival Craft is one component. This course meets the requirements of Table A-VI/2-1 of the STCW Convention Specification of the minimum standard of competence in survival craft and rescue boats other than fast rescue boats. Prerequisite: Minimum 16 years of age.
Ship Security Officer Revised
The course content is based upon the IMO Model Course, ISPS Code, the Marine Transportation Security Regulations, Transport Canada's Marine Security requirements and guidelines for a Ship Security Officer. The techniques and skills required to address the qualifications and duties of Ship (Vessel) Security Officer: (a) the security of a ship, (b) implementing and maintenance of a ship security plan, and (c) liaising with a Company Security Officer (CSO) and a Port (Marine) Facility Officer (PFSO/MFSO), will be provided. Emphasis is placed on awareness of terrorist threats and methods of operation as well as obtaining current intelligence, threat assessments, and the importance of training and vigilance. The course provides reference to the pertinent Acts, Regulations, Codes, International Resolutions, Administrative Guides, and Industry Standards to be in compliance with the ISPS Code and Transport Canada Marine Security's requirements. Prerequisite: The student must be 18 years of age or older; and has at least 12 months of sea time via confirmation from the Marine Safety Directorate of TC; and is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Must provide at least one piece of ID as per Transport Canada's requirements.
Marine Advanced First Aid Revised
This certification course has been developed to meet Transport Canada requirements for Marine Advanced First Aid. Every seafarer who is designated to apply immediate advanced first aid in the event of an accident or illness on board must demonstrate competence to undertake the tasks, duties, and responsibilities as described: immediate action; first aid kits; body structure and function; toxicological hazards aboard ship; examination of the patient; spinal injuries; burns, scalds, and effects of heat and cold; fractures, dislocations, and muscular injuries; medical care of rescued persons, including distress, hypothermia, and cold exposure; radio medical advice; pharmacology; sterilization; cardiac arrest, drowning, and asphyxia; psychological and psychiatric problems; and patient assessment. Prerequisites: Participants must be 16 years of age and older. Pre-reading and picture ID required.
The course focuses on the basic practical skills and knowledge required by a seafarer prior to going to sea. Practical skills will require knowledge of ropes, wires, cables; the skills to tie knots, splice rope and wire; knowledge on the breaking strength of various ropes and wires. Students will study mooring methods and the general layouts and operational functions of merchant vessels. Studies will include the understanding of onboard routines and duties to perform, including watchkeeping and maintenance. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
Oil and Chemical Tanker Familiarization Training
This course familiarizes you with basic design of oil and chemical tankers and their cargo handling systems. The contents of the course covers safe operating procedures on board oil and chemical tankers, as well as the hazards involved in the handling and carriage of crude oil, petroleum products, and chemical cargoes. There is a practical component to this course for enclosed space rescue. Practical training will be conducted at Dynamic Rescue Facility. Prerequisite: MED with respect to STCW Basic Safety. Copies of prerequisites are to be submitted to the course instructor on the first day of the course.
Orientation to Nautical Sciences
In this two day orientation, first year diploma program students will visit the Vancouver offices of Transport Canada, be introduced to the marine campus layout, meet staff, learn about the requirements necessary prior to leaving for sea terms (co-op), and produce a cover letter and resume that will be used for application to sea-term sponsors. Students will also have the opportunity to purchase textbooks and other supplies, and have their pictures taken for the BCIT One Card. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
Ship Construction 1
Introduces students to the different types of merchant vessels and the reason for their special construction; general knowledge of the principal structural members of a vessel and the identity for the various structural parts. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
Ship Stability 1
This course introduces students to basic ship stability with emphasis on the knowledge of basic algebra, geometry, and trigonometry in solving complex ship stability problems; principle of flotation, buoyancy, and reserve buoyancy; knowledge of International and Canadian load lines; and calculations to find the height of the ship’s centre of gravity above the keel. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
Ship Cargo 1
This course provides students with the basic knowledge of cargo care; preparation of holds; segregation and separation of cargoes; ventilation and control; and safe handling, stowage, and securing of cargoes including dangerous, hazardous, and harmful cargoes, and their effect on the safety of life and of the ship. Prequisite: Admission to the program.
Introduces students to Canada Shipping Act 2001 and its various regulations pertaining to: safety of the vessel and marine environment; labour regulations; crew organizations for emergencies. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
Ship Navigation Safety 1
Teaches interpreting and applying the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea with their Canadian Modifications 1983; and the recommended Code of Navigation Practices and Procedures; basic knowledge required to assist in a navigational watch. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
Ship Navigation 1
Introduces students to the basic knowledge and skills required to assist in the watchkeeping lookout duties and conning of the vessel. Students will study basic chartwork; use of electronic navigational equipment; the importance of keeping a proper log book and data recording. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
Ship Meteorology 1
Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of weather patterns; meteorological terminology; composition of the earth's atmosphere; wind and pressure systems; ship borne meteorological instruments; compiling weather reports and weather logs. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
This course is designed to introduce students to the principles and structure of specific mathematical concepts as outlined in the STCW Code for Watch Keeping Officers. The course builds up on mathematical fundamentals and principles to support Nautical technical subjects such as Astro Navigation, Stability, and Cargo Work. Prerequisite: Admission into the program
The course provides the students with a comprehensive view and basic understanding of the wide range of types and means of communications existing in the maritime world. Emphasis is placed on developing and improving the student’s abilities to produce written work that is accurate, brief, and clear. They will learn the critical role that effective and efficient communications, whether written, spoken, or visual, play in safe operations of marine assets. Barriers to proper communications will be identified. Case histories where communication breakdowns played a pivotal role in serious casualties will be reviewed. The course will include the types of communication systems and protocols used within the vessel and from ship-to-shore agencies. Students will do progressive in-class writing and homework assignments designed to improve their written documents. They will also prepare and give an oral presentation to the class and set an agenda and participate in a business meeting. Communications covered by regulatory and legal authorities, the structure of CSA–2001, TC Publications, basic ISM programs, and required shipboard certificates will be discussed. Prerequisite: Admission into the program.
|First Year, Term 2 Co-op (31 weeks)||Credits|
Co-operative Training 1
Cooperative Education (Co-op) integrates relevant work experience (Sea Phases) within the academic program of the Nautical Sciences Diploma program. Cadets alternate between periods of academic study and Sea Phases to enhance the educational experience, all the while meeting the requirements of Transport Canada. Sea Phases are conducted with reputable companies. The Co-op Coordinator considers tonnage and voyage type. Cadets will have attended an orientation to the program and a briefing just prior to commencing the sea phase. During the sea phase, Cadets are monitored by the Cadet office. Prerequisites: STCW Basic Safety, STCW Survival Craft, and Marine Advanced First Aid
|Second Year, Term 3 (24 weeks)||Credits|
Electronic Positioning Systems
This course provides students with the basic knowledge of the principles, application and limitations of modern electronic navigational aids. Prerequisite: Navigation Safety (NS 1) and Chartwork and Pilotage 2 (C&P 2).
Global Maritime Distress and Safety System
This course will teach students maritime mobile and satellite services; basic equipment of a ship station; practical use of the basic equipment of a ship station; procedures and practical operation of the GMDSS system, distress, urgency and safety communications procedures and operational skills; and procedures for general communications, and the theory and practice of general communications procedures. Prerequisite: A candidate must be 18 years of age or older.
This course teaches students methods of navigation by terrestrial means. The course highlights are on the graticule system of the earth; plane sailing; parallel sailing; and Mercator and great circle sailing. Prerequisite: Term 1.
Physical Science 1
This course is part of the Physic Science subject. The course consists of two major parts: General Physics and Heat. It focuses on physical principles and the development of problem solving ability to help students with applied navigational courses. The course covers vector and forces, motion in a straight line, Newton’s Laws of Motion, rotational motion, work, energy, and power, friction, simple machines, fluids at rest, fluid in motion, principle of Archimedes and flotation, heat, expansion of solids and liquids, gases, transmission of heat, change of state, vapours, and refrigeration. Prerequisite: Term 1.
This course guides participants on the use of International Code of Signals for coding and decoding messages and procedures to be applied for communication by visual signaling; on the use of Radio Aids to Marine Navigation for ascertaining facilities and services; and on extracting necessary information from the Annual Notices to Mariners.
This course covers communication by Morse code using flashing light or sound signals.
Ship Construction 2
This course is a build-up on Ship Construction 1 with emphasis placed on longitudinal, transverse, and combined framing systems, bow and stern frame arrangements, mooring arrangements, hatchways and coamings, shell plating, and superstructures. Prerequisite: Term 1.
Ship Stability 2
This course expands the students’ basic knowledge of Ship Stability 1, with emphasis placed on the use of Simpson’s Rules to calculate areas and volumes of irregular shapes; transverse statical stability; IMO’s intact stability criteria for merchant ships; and the construction and interpretation of hydrostatic curves. Prerequisite: Term 1.
Ship Cargo 2
This course builds up on Ship Cargo 1 and covers the safe stowage, securing, carriage, and discharge of specialized categories such as deck, liquid bulk, hazardous, and refrigerated cargoes. Prerequisite: Term 1.
This course is a build-up on Regulations 1, with emphasis placed on the International and Canadian regulations for the prevention of pollution and the protection of the marine environment by oil and other hazardous materials, relevant international conventions concerning the Safety of Life at Sea, and relevant sections of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001. Prerequisite: Term 1.
Ship Navigation Safety 2
This course provides students with the fundamentals of keeping a safe navigational watch. Emphasis is given to International and Canadian Collision Regulations. Prerequisite: Term 1.
Ship Navigation 2
The emphasis of the course is on chartwork skills required to navigate with the effects of wind and current in coastal waters. Contents of the course will include the study of charts, tides, publications, conversion of magnetic courses, determining vessel's positions, set and drift, and course and speed made good. Prerequisite: Term 1.
Ship Meteorology 2
This course builds up on Ship Meteorology 1. Students study the effect of pressure difference; relationship between temperature, humidity, and fog; cloud formation and precipitation; pressure systems; and major air masses and their distribution. Prerequisite: Term 1.
|Second Year, Term 4 Co-op (40 weeks)||Credits|
Co-operative Training 2
Cooperative Education (Co-op) integrates relevant work experience (Sea Phases) within the academic program of the Nautical Sciences Diploma program. Cadets alternate between periods of academic study and Sea Phases to enhance the educational experience, all the while meeting the requirements of Transport Canada. Sea Phases are conducted with reputable companies. The Co-op Coordinator considers tonnage and voyage type. During the sea phase, Cadets are monitored by the Cadet office. Prerequisites: STCW Basic Safety, STCW Survival Craft, and Marine Advanced First Aid
|Third Year, Term 5 (27 weeks)||Credits|
Simulated Electronic Navigation I - Part B
Simulated Electronic Navigation 1 – Part B is a Transport Canada accredited course and is STCW compliant. This radar simulator course is conducted using Transport Canada approved simulators, providing practical exercises as required for navigational watchkeeping duties on the bridge of a ship. On the last day of the course, a practical examination (SIM 1) is conducted at BMC by a Transport Canada examiner. Students are to register with Transport Canada (604-666-0834) two weeks prior to the examination date. Prerequisites: SEN 1 A, ROC-MC, Chartwork and Pilotage 2, TC 041 Level, Navigation Safety 1, TC 061 Level. Copies of prerequisites are to be submitted to the course instructor on the first day of the course.
Bridge Team Management
The International Maritime Organization (IMO), through the International Convention on Standards of Training and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, provides in Section A-II/1 mandatory standards on maintaining a safe navigational watch. The Bridge Team Management (BTM) course is part of this standard. The course includes allocation of resources, effective communication, teamwork, human factor, emergency preparedness, and decision making.
Electronic Chart Display and Information System
The purpose of this course is to provide students with knowledge, skills, and a thorough understanding of the ECDIS, in order to safely navigate vessels whose primary means of navigation is the ECDIS. This course covers the requirements of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers Convention (STCW1978), as amended by the 2010 Manila Amendments (STCW2010). The course content is as per Transport Canada’s TP 4958E and IMO model course 1.27. Students will be trained and assessed using ECDIS and other associated navigational equipment in a simulated environment. Students will perform exercises in setting-up the ECDIS display best-suited for the area of navigation, perform basic navigation functions in accordance with the Collision Regulations, create, check, and monitor routes, and take proper and effective action when dealing with equipment failures and malfunctions. Those planning to enter the course should be proficient in nautical chartwork, and be familiar with visual navigation and bridge watchkeeping duties, including the operation of the Radar and ARPA. Students should also be familiar with Windows-based personal computing operating systems, using keyboards, mice, and trackballs. Prerequisites: Chartwork and Pilotage 2 (C&P 2) and Electronic Positioning Systems (EPS) or equivalent Simulated Electronic Navigation 1 - (SEN 1 A/B)
Advanced Fire Fighting
Through classroom-based presentation and practical skills training, participants will gain valuable knowledge and skills in regards to fire safety, as well as how to manage and control fire situations aboard ships. This Marine Emergency Duties, Advanced Fire Fighting course is based on the requirements of Transport Canada TP 4957, Chapter 16, and is in direct compliance with STCW 95 Convention, Regulation A-VI/3. Prerequisite: Minimum 16 years of age, MED - Basic Safety Training and a valid seafarer’s medical.
Cargo and Stability Software
This course involves planning stowage for marine bulk containers and liquid bulk cargoes on board vessels using a software application. The stowage planning incorporates criteria for stability conditions to the requirements of IMO standards. This course also explains calculation method of longitudinal stresses on ships. Prerequisite: Term 3.
Ship Engineering Knowledge 1
The course introduces students to marine auxiliary machinery such as pumps, air receivers, fresh water systems, etc., under various competencies of the STCW Code for Watchkeeping Officers. The operation and maintenance of fire detection and extinguishing systems are also covered. Prerequisite: Term 3.
The course content covers the teaching of basic electricity and magnetism to obtain the depth of knowledge required for the competencies of the STCW Code for Watchkeeping Officers. The course provides background knowledge to support electrical principles underlying the operation of a vessel. Prerequisite: Term 3.
Ship Management / ISM 1
This course will provide students with an understanding of applicable basic contents of the following regulations: Canada Shipping Act, 2001; Ballast Water Control and Management Regulations; Pilotage Act, Potable Water Regulations; Shipping Casualty Reporting Regulations; Vessel Certificates Regulations; Ship Operation; Canadian Labour Code; Agents; Safety of Life at Sea; STCW '95; MARPOL 73/78; and especially the International Safety Management Code. Prerequisite: Term 3.
Oral Tutorial 1
This course is a tutorial course that reviews contents required for an oral examination with a Transport Canada Examiner. The main contents that are reviewed are maintaining a safe navigational watch; lifesaving and distress signals; weather routing; ship handling under various weather conditions; maneuvering characteristics; anchoring and mooring; IMO and IAMSAR; response to emergencies; search and rescue; seaworthiness; rigging; and other seamanship related topics. Required for Watchkeeping Mates Officer Certification. Prerequisite: Term 3.
This course provides students with a means to navigate a vessel by celestial methods. The course contents include the celestial sphere and bodies, determining a vessel’s position by using celestial bodies, and theory and practice of the sextant. It is strongly recommended that students should review algebraic and trigonometric functions prior to taking this course. Prerequisite: Term 3.
Ship Construction 3
This course brings to a conclusion the Ship Construction topics required by Transport Canada. Special emphasis is placed on torsional stresses, stresses exerted by water pressure, stresses determining software, drainage piping arrangements, propulsion and steering gear fittings, and freeboard and Load Line Regulations. Prerequisite: Term 3.
Ship Stability 3
This course builds up on level 2 to meet the requirements for knowledge, understanding, and proficiency of the STCW 95 Code for the function of a Watchkeeping Officer. This course combines knowledge of a ship's stability requirements and the use of the ship’s stability information booklet to calculate a vessel’s stability condition in order to maintain seaworthiness. Prerequisite: Term 3.
Ship Cargo 3
This course covers Canadian and International regulations pertaining to the safe carriage of cargoes as transportation on vessels. The basic knowledge on the safe handling, stowage, and securing of cargoes, along with the associated equipment are also covered in this course. The types of cargoes covered are: Deck, Container, Bulk, Dangerous, Hazardous, and Harmful cargoes. Prerequisite: Term 3.
Ship Navigation Safety 3
This course provides students with the fundamentals of keeping a safe navigational watch. Emphasis is given to International and Canadian Collision Regulations. Prerequisite: Term 3.
Ship Meteorology 3
Students will be introduced to anticyclones and other pressure systems; weather services for shipping; and weather forecasting and construction of synoptic and prognostic charts. Prerequisite: Term 3.
Applied Mathematics 3
This course is designed to introduce students to the principles and structure of specific mathematical concepts as outlined in the STCW Code for Watch Keeping Officers. The course builds up on mathematical knowledge to support technical subjects such as astro navigation, stability, and cargo work. Prerequisite: Term 3.
Applied Physics 3
This applied physics course is a continuation of Applied Physics 2. The course covers elasticity of materials, application of Hooke’s law, condition of translational and rotational equilibrium when force applied to a body, centre of gravity, bending of beams, fluid in motion, waves, sound, and light, electro chemistry, electrical instruments, electrical protective devices, A/C and D/C machines. Prerequisite: Term 3.
|Third Year, Term 6 Co-op (35 weeks)||Credits|
Co-operative Training 3
Cooperative Education (Co-op) integrates relevant work experience (Sea Phases) within the academic program of the Nautical Sciences Diploma program. Cadets alternate between periods of academic study and Sea Phases to enhance the educational experience, all the while meeting the requirements of Transport Canada. Sea Phases are conducted with reputable companies. The Co-op Coordinator considers tonnage and voyage type. During the sea phase, Cadets/Officers are monitored by the Cadet office. Prerequisites: STCW Basic Safety, STCW Survival Craft, and Marine Advanced First Aid
|Fourth Year, Term 7 (24 weeks)||Credits|
Simulated Electronic Navigation 2
This advanced radar and Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA) simulation course allows participants to perform and supervise navigational bridge duties as "Master in Charge" of a vessel in a type approved marine simulator. Prerequisite: ENAV 1050 - Simulated Electronic Navigation Part 1 B and a Pass on the Transport Canada Simulation 1 examination (Copies of prerequisites are to be submitted to the course instructor on the first day of the course).
Bridge Resource Management
The International Maritime Organization (IMO), through the International Convention on Standards of Training and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended in 1995 (STCW) provides in Chapter VIII, Part 3-1 of the non-mandatory "code B" guidance on keeping a navigational watch and suggests that shipping companies take initiative in implementing the Bridge Team Management (BTM) concept on their vessels. This course combines lectures, discussions, and interactive simulated exercises to highlight the need for communication, situational awareness, error chain analysis, master/oow - pilot relationship, effective leadership, teamwork, preparedness, stress and fatigue management, passage planning and execution, and case study analysis. Prerequisite: Certificate of Competency at Watchkeeping Mates Level.
Marine Emergency Duties D Senior Officer Certification
This course provides students with organizational skills to prepare key personnel and emergency response teams to deal with any emergency situation; assess damage to the vessel, evaluate degree of danger and coordinate the response to minimize the effect of the damage; coordinate response to an emergency situation on their own vessel and to other vessels in distress. This course is designed for candidates for senior certificates of competency required for both deck and engine room positions. Prerequisites: MEDI 1500 Basic Safety and MEDI 1800 Survival Craft and MEDI 2500 Advanced Fire Fighting Officer Certification.
Propulsion Plant Simulator Nautical
This course using the Propulsion Plan simulator will provide students with the knowledge and practical operational skills to understand the general machinery layout and read machinery system schematics to independently line up the following systems in preparation for startup: Sea Water Cooling, Compressed Air, Fresh Water, Bilge and Ballast, Lubrication Oil, Fuel, Portable Water and Engine Room Fresh Water Service, Sewage, Fuel and Lubrication Oil Filling and Transfer. The students will demonstrate starting all the ship's machinery in preparation for sailing. Prerequisite: Term 5.
Marine Medical Care
This certification course has been developed to meet Transport Canada requirements for Marine Medical Care. Every seafarer who is designated to provide medical care in the event of an accident or illness on board a vessel at sea is required to demonstrate competence to undertake the tasks, duties, and responsibilities as described: basic first aid knowledge encompassed by Marine Advanced First Aid (including patient transport and spinal immobilization procedures and patient packaging), recognizing the need for sutures, basics of nursing; recognition and treatment of diseases, alcohol and drug abuse, psychiatric disorders, dental care and treatment of dental emergencies, gynecology, pregnancy and childbirth, treatment of drowning and decompression illness, death at sea, control of the environment aboard a ship, disease prevention, record keeping and medical regulations, medicine administration, medical equipment including surgical equipment and sterilization, and external assistance through radio and helicopter evacuation. Prerequisites: Participants must be 16 years of age or older. Pre-reading and picture ID required.
Navigation Systems & Instruments
This course provides students with the knowledge to correctly use modern shipboard electronic navigational aids and instruments for safe navigation. Students will study the operating principles, limitations, sources of errors, and methods of correcting errors to obtain accuracy of position fixes. This course comprises of electronic navigational aids, navigation in high latitudes, and principle and operation of compasses. Prerequisite: Term 5.
This course is a continuation to the “Magnetic Compass” section of the Navigation Systems and Instruments course. The course provides practical application on the Deviascope to identify and reduce the magnetic forces of deviation that affects a magnetic compass. Prerequisites: NAUT 1231
The Ship handling course provides theoretical knowledge and some practical exercises on simulator on the safe handling of vessels in various environmental conditions. During the course, students will develop basic knowledge and practical ability to handle vessels in various conditions and will make a more effective contribution to the bridge team during ship maneuvering. Topics include propulsion systems, ship maneuvering, docking, undocking, anchoring, ship and tug interaction, channel effect and maneuvering in restricted waters. Prerequisite: Term 5.
Passenger Safety Management
The Passenger Safety Management focuses on providing skills to perform passenger control duties in a confident, knowledgeable manner. The number one priority for all marine passenger transportation companies is the safe transportation of their passengers. This includes proper planning, effective communication, proper use of recourses during emergencies and if necessary assisting passengers to evacuate in an orderly manner. Prerequisite: Term 5.
Ship Engineering Knowledge 2
The course contents covers theoretical knowledge and understanding of ship’s main and auxiliary machinery required under various competencies of the STCW Code for Watchkeeping Officers. The course provides background knowledge of the operation of ship power plants, deck machinery, and auxiliaries. Prerequisite: Term 5.
Ship Management / ISM 2
This course provides students with a knowledge and understanding of International maritime law embodied in international agreements and conventions to ensure safety of life at sea and the protection of the marine environment. An example of regulations that are covered are the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act, Arctic Shipping Pollution Prevention Regulations, Load Line Regulations, Marine Personnel Regulations, Marine Transportation Security Act and Regulations, Merchant Seamen Compensation Act, Quarantine Regulations, Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships and for Dangerous Chemicals, and Shipping Inquiries Investigation Rules. Prerequisite: Term 5.
Oral Tutorial 2
A tutorial course that reviews content required for an oral examination with a Transport Canada Examiner. The main contents that are reviewed are the International Maritime Conventions; compliance with the legislative requirements to ensure maintaining a safe navigational watch, ship handling under various weather conditions, safe towing operations, lifesaving and distress procedures and signals, search and rescue, and other seamanship-related topics. Prerequisite: Term 5.
Ship Cargo 4
This course builds up on Cargoes 1, 2, and 3. The contents focus on the development of knowledge and ability to apply relevant international regulations, codes, and standards pertaining to the safe handling, stowage, securing, and carriage of cargoes on merchant vessels. Cargo handling gear and securing and lashing equipment is also covered in this course. The types of cargoes covered include cargoes carried on deck, containers, bulk solids, bulk liquids and gases, dangerous, hazardous, and harmful cargoes, and other general cargoes. Prerequisite: Term 5.
Ship Meteorology 4
Meteorology 4 builds up on Meteorology 1, 2 and 3 and focuses on the weather associated with principal air masses, maritime forecast codes, and weather fax transmissions. Floating ice, safety of navigation in the vicinity of ice, and conditions leading to ice accretion are required study. The student will acquire knowledge of weather systems such as non-frontal systems, tropical storms and avoidance, system of ocean currents, voyage planning, and formation of sea and swell waves. Prerequisite: Term 5.
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Four years, full-time
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.
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This 4 year diploma program consists of 4 terms of classroom instruction interspersed with 3 co-op terms:
|First Year||Term 1
|Second Year||Term 3
|Third Year||Term 5
|Fourth Year||Term 7
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:
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.
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.
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.
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