Maritime Students


Certificate Continuing Ed Technical Degree

Earning your sea legs requires hands-on experience on ships ranging from inland towboats to the world’s largest ships. As a Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education, our programs are designed to prepare graduates for both entry-level positions and advancement in current careers. Are you ready to learn what it takes to be a mariner?

Program at a Glance

Earning Potential

Sailors and Marine Oilers: $53,099 
Captains, Mates, and Pilots: $106,186 

For more salary information, check out Texas Wages.

Career Opportunities

With a degree or certificate in maritime transportation, you can find a career as a:

  • Captain 
  • Mate 
  • Pilot 
  • Tankerman 
  • Deckhand 
  • Member of the Engineering Department


Maritime Campus, which includes a 45,000-square-foot building, high-tech engineering simulators, a training dock, and an industry dock.


Maritime Career Interest, Certificate of Technology

The Certificate of Technology prepares you for the degree program, an entry-level career, or advancement in your current career.Texas handles nearly 50 million tons of freight shipments per year, with more than 200,000 barge transports in Houston alone. Become a part of this bustling sea industry with a maritime certification.
Length 2.5 Years
If you're studying part-time, you can complete the 26 credits for this certificate in five terms.

Maritime Deck and Engine, Courses

Continuing Ed
Jumpstart your maritime career or advance in your current profession with these U.S. Coast Guard certified continuing and professional development courses. From personal survival techniques to fire fighting to radar observation, you can find everything you need to enhance your maritime career with our deck and engine courses.
Length Under 3 Months
These courses vary in length and contact hours but each course is completed less than 3 months.

Maritime Transportation AAS

Technical Degree
The Associate of Applied Science degree prepares you for an entry-level career.Set sail into your new career with a degree program designed by mariners for mariners. Learn essential maritime skills directly from licensed, experienced mariners.
Length 2 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 60 credits for this program in six terms, including two summer terms.

Ready to take the plunge with maritime?

Join us for a free one-hour session to learn what it takes to become a mariner. You'll get insight into the maritime transportation industry, learn about our two-year maritime transportation program, tour our beautiful facility and state-of-the-art simulators, and hear sea stories from our U.S. Coast Guard-approved instructors. 

Information sessions are held on designated pre-scheduled days. There are in person, virtual and late evening sessions available.

Registration Required

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The Maritime program at San Jac taught me real-life application in the field I was getting my degree in. When I graduated, I was ready for the workforce immediately with the knowledge that allowed me to apply for numerous opportunities.
Miles Douglas
Boat Operator, GalTex Pilots

Navigating Innovation

Maritime technologies are rapidly evolving. That’s why we’ve invested millions in cutting edge technology to help the Houston maritime community push the boundaries of what’s possible at sea.
George Burkley
San Jacinto College’s simulation … tools enable advanced team training of ship pilots and tug operators in projects that propel America’s capacity to export energy.”
George Burkley
Executive Director of the Maritime Pilot’s Institute
In partnership with Burkley and the Houston pilots, San Jac has enabled some of the industry’s most respected names to conduct research at our three state-of-the-art, full-mission bridge simulators. These simulators feature 65 hydro-dynamically accurate vessels that mariners can operate in 10 regions worldwide.

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Contact Maritime Today

Reach out to learn more about how a maritime degree or certificate can lead to a rewarding and dynamic career.

Call (281) 459-5483 or contact one of our faculty members directly.
John Stauffer
Assoc Vice Chancellor Maritime
(281) 998-6392
Jessica Garcia
Executive Assistant
(281) 998-6150x6458
Amy Arrowood
Director, Maritime Credit Prog
(281) 998-6391x6391
Krissy Murray
Coord, Educ/Wrkfrce, Maritime
(281) 998-6150x5486
Robert Lloyd
Instructor, Maritime
(281) 974-2200
Richard Garcia
Instructor, Maritime
(281) 998-6454
Edward Horton
Director, Maritime Commercial
(281) 998-6150x6390
Lucy Flores
Training Coordinator, Maritime
(281) 459-5483
Maria Newell
Sr Administrative Assistant
(281) 459-5483
Angel Rodriguez
Equipment Operator, Maritime
(281) 998-6150
Ashli Kessler
Instructor, Maritime
(281) 998-6150
JoelScott Shelby
Instr, Maritime Engineering
(281) 459-5483
Brandon Saenz
Instructor, Maritime
(281) 459-5483
Bryan Elliott
Director, Maritime Simulation
(281) 459-5482
John Gregg
Instr, Engine Rm Simulator Mar
(281) 459-5483