Ketchikan Regional Maritime and Career Center Introduction

Ketchikan Regional Maritime and Career Center Introduction


Here on the Ketchikan Campus we’ve been training
mariners for 30-40 years. Our students will not only graduate with a
two-year degree but they can also graduate with either a 100-ton Master license or a
Coast Guard endorsement. We’re constantly adding new courses. Right now we have all the training a person
needs to work as an able bodied seamen. The coast guard requires certain certifications. There’s lifeboatman which is when you’re qualified
to be in charge of a lifeboat in an emergency. Fast rescue boat, which is used for retrieving
people in an emergency craft. It’s a career opportunity with a great amount
of variety, a great amount of potential flexibility; you could go and be a crewman on a yacht,
or you could go and be a barge deckhand, whatever fits your personality. Going to sea is pretty cool. It’s just a wonderfully satisfying feeling. The QMED means, “Qualified Member of the Engine
Department”. Come to the Technical Center here in Ketchikan
and become a multi-skilled worker. Welding, diesel mechanic, refrigeration. There’s a multitude of skills. The QMED is a person that assists the engineer
on watch, makes rounds, the basic routine operations of the vessel. A person in our program can start out in September
with no credentials what-so-ever, and by the first of June be actually working as a full-time
QMED Oiler. That’s the kind of opportunity that just doesn’t
exist in a lot of places. You know, salaries are really great for people
in the maritime industry. The opportunity is there, go for it!

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