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Train for a Maritime Career

Because of the proximity to the Pacific Ocean and other water resources, the maritime industry has a rich history in the Northwest. The Seattle Maritime Academy prepares men and women for successful careers in passenger transportation, fishing and seafood processing, international trade, military operations and other maritime sub-sectors.

Why train for a maritime career at Seattle Central?

The Seattle Maritime Academy at Seattle Central College provides the classroom instruction, hands-on and laboratory exercises and on-water training needed to prepare students for a career in the global maritime industry.

  • Our faculty are all active or retired merchant mariners with years of experience and real-life sea stories to enhance the curriculum.
  • We have simulators and other equipment used on vessels to create a hands-on learning environment as well as lecture. You won’t just get to hear about it and talk about it, you’ll actually get to use the latest technologies and practice in a safe environment.
  • You will engage in an at-sea internship to get real world experience and acquire the required sea time for your U.S. Coast Guard upgrade.
  • Train in the only program of its kind serving Washington and Alaska that is fully accredited by the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Enjoy an unbeatable location on the working waterfront of the Washington Ship Channel under the Ballard Bridge, in a modern facility near many maritime companies and organizations with internship and employment opportunities

Here are just a few of the companies and organizations where our alumni work:

Alaska Diesel Electric,Inc. │ Alaska Marine Charters │ American Seafoods | Argosy Cruises │ Clipper Navigation | Coastal Transportation | Cononco Phillips – Polar Tankers | Crowley Maritime Corporation│Foss Maritime Company │ Fremont Maritime Services │ Harley Marine Services | Military Sealift Command (MSC) │ NOAA │ Noble Drilling | Oregon State University | Port of Seattle │ Premier Pacific Seafoods | Trident Seafoods | UnCruise | University of Alaska Fairbanks | United States Seafoods | UW School of Aquatic Fisheries and Sciences │US Navy │Victoria Clipper | Washington State Ferries │Western Towboat Company

Ready to get started? Find the maritime program that’s right for you.


Seattle Maritime Academy
Seattle Central College
4455 Shilshole Avenue NW
Seattle, WA 98107

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