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National System of the Education and MET

National system of the education

(http://www.fulbright.org.uk/study-in-the-usa/school-study/us-school-system)

 

Formal education in the US is generally mandatory from age 5/6 to 16, varying slightly by state. School-level education is divided into "grades". US grades K (Kindergarten) - 12 in the US correspond to Years 1 - 13 in the UK, as summarised in the chart below. Schooling usually begins with elementary/primary school (Kindergarten - US grade 5), followed by middle/junior high school (US grades 6 - 8) and finishing with high school (US grades 9 to 12). Some US children begin their education at privately-run pre-schools.

Age

Level of Study

US Grade

UK Year

3 - 4

Pre-school

N/A

Nursery School

5 - 10

Elementary / Primary School

Kindergarten - 5th

Years 1 - 6

11 - 13

Middle School

6th - 8th

Years 7 - 9

14 - 18

High School

9th - 12th (Freshman - Senior)

Years 10 - 13

 

Kindergarten is the first year of primary/elementary school and is the equivalent to Year 1 in the UK. Elementary schools provide instruction in the fundamental skills of reading, writing and arithmetic, as well as history, geography, civics, crafts, music, science, health and physical education. Foreign languages are often introduced in middle school. Under the "No Child Left Behind’" policy, students also complete state exams in reading/language arts, maths and science in Grades 3 – 8 and once at the high school level.

As students advance to middle/junior high school, the curriculum will likely become a bit more flexible, including both required and elective classes. In required subjects such as maths, English and science, students may be grouped in class sections based upon achievement. They may also begin having a bit more flexibility in selecting elective classes in subjects, such as foreign languages, band, home economics, chorus and art.

Although there is no national curriculum, the general content of the high school curriculum across the country has many consistencies. The state will likely set a list of basic required courses for high school graduation. These may include English, mathematics, foreign language, physical education, art and/or music, general science, and social studies (a subject that combines history, government and geography). However, students continue to have flexibility in choosing the level of their classes and elective subjects with the assistance of their parents and a school guidance counsellor. Many high schools will also have "tracks" for students wishing to attend a four-year university, pursue a vocational or technical degree at a two-year college or enter the workforce following high school.

Upon satisfactory completion of 12th grade and the state graduation requirements, the student receives a "high school diploma".

 

 
Academic MET

1.The California Maritime Academy

 

Business Administration / International Business and Logistics

 

 

  • Bachelor of Science degree; 120 semester units

  • Preparation for careers in international maritime business and global logistics

  • Theoretical foundation of knowledge and practical level of experiential learning

  • One multi-week, study-abroad experience and one co-op

  • Accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE),

  • A wide variety of land and sea-based career options

  • Class of 2010:  Percent hired in their field within three months of graduation - 94%,

      Average starting salary - $44,000 

     

    The Business Administration major, with its emphasis in International Business and Logistics, is an interdisciplinary degree that will provide opportunities for you to gain essential skills in various aspects of international business, logistics, and supply chain management.  The major combines real-world training, including co-op educational experiences, study-abroad opportunities, and one multi-week, study-abroad experience, with a solid foundation of international business and logistics courses. This degree also gives you the prerequisites for an MBA program. 

     

    Facilities Engineering Technology

  • Bachelor of Science degree; 153 semester units

  • Preparation for careers designing, operating and maintaining land-based physical plants,

      power generation, and engineering systems.

  • Practical experience, including simulators, coupled with theoretical background

  • One training cruise and two co-ops

  • Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET

  • Class of 2010:  Percent hired in their field within three months of graduation - 90%,

      Average starting salary - $73,000

  • A wide variety of land-based career options.

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  • Engineering technology coursework, simulators, and co-ops prepare you to work in the

  • operation and maintenance of engineering systems such as those found in power

  • generation plants, universities, hospitals, stadiums, and high-tech manufacturing

  • facilities. In addition to your bachelor’s degree, you will earn your Certified Plant

  • Engineer-in-Training certificate, preparing you to become a facility engineer in shoreside

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    Global Studies and Maritime Affairs

  • Bachelor of Arts degree; 120 semester units

  • Preparation for careers in maritime security (port security, vessel piracy, and maritime

      terrorism), maritime trade and economics, maritime environmental policy, and maritime          law.  See examples of firms and agencies recently hiring Cal Maritime graduates.

  • Internationally focused coursework, internships, and study abroad opportunities

  • One multi-week, study-abroad experience and one co-op

  • Class of 2010:  Percent hired in their field within three months of graduation - 91%,

      Average starting salary - $39,000

     

  • Global Studies and Maritime Affairs combines a rigorous foundation in international

  • relations and the social sciences with an emphasis in maritime and environmental policy.

  • A combination of coursework, internships, and study abroad opportunities prepares you to

  • be a leader and decision-maker for global maritime policy agencies, organizations, and

  • corporations. Additionally, the curriculum focus will provide rigorous preparation for

  • further study at the graduate level in transportation, environmental policy, and law.

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    Marine Engineering Technology

  • Bachelor of Science degree; 161 semester units

  • U.S. Coast Guard license – Third Assistant Engineer

  • Preparation for operating and maintaining engineering systems on a ship as a licensed

      engineering officer

  • Practical experience, including simulators, coupled with math and science coursework

  • Three training cruises

  • May participate in U.S. Navy or U.S. Coast Guard programs leading to a reserve officer’s

      commission

  • Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET

  • A wide variety of sea-based or shoreside career options. See a list of recent employers

      hiring Cal Maritime graduates.

  • Class of 2010:  Percent hired in their field within three months of graduation - 91%,

      Average starting salary - $71,000

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  • The Marine Engineering Technology (MET) major prepares you to work as a licensed Third

  • Assistant Engineer on U.S. ships on any ocean regardless of tonnage, horsepower, and size.

  • Three training cruises, engineering coursework, and lots of hands-on learning give you the

  • theory and decision-making skills needed to design, operate, and maintain the physical

  • plant of a ship. 

     

    Marine Transportation

  • Bachelor of Science degree; 159 semester units

  • U.S. Coast Guard license – Third Mate

  • Preparation for work on a ship as a licensed deck officer

  • Includes academic breadth, simulator experience, and technical expertise

  • Three training cruises

  • May participate in U.S. Navy or U.S. Coast Guard programs leading to a reserve officer’s

      commission

  • Class of 2010:  Percent hired in their field within three months of graduation - 97%,

      Average starting salary - $69,000

  • Wide variety of career paths, internships (commercial cruises), and employers hiring Cal

      Maritime graduates

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  • The Marine Transportation (MT) major provides you with a broad understanding of the

  • maritime industry, as well as navigation and ship-handling skills. Coursework and three

  • training cruises prepare you to be a mate on a large ship, tug, or ferry, or to work in a

  • variety of shoreside positions such as port and terminal management, stevedoring or marine

  • sales. In addition to your bachelor’s degree, you will earn a license from the U.S. Coast

  • Guard as a Third Mate. This license allows you to sail on U.S. ships on any ocean, regardless

  • of tonnage, horsepower, and size. 

     

    Mechanical Engineering

  • Bachelor of Science degree; 154 semester units (183 units with US Coast Guard license)

  • Preparation for research, design, development, and evaluation of engineering systems

  • Math and science intensive and hands-on experiences

  • Combination of training cruises and co-ops

  • May participate in U.S. Navy or U.S. Coast Guard programs leading to a reserve officer’s

      commission

  • Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

  • Class of 2010:  Percent hired in their field within three months of graduation - 92%,

      Average starting salary - $60,000

  • A wide variety of land-based and sea-based internship and employment opportunities

     

    Math and science-intensive coursework and hands-on experiences give you the skills you need to work in a variety of positions in the research, design, development, and evaluation of engineering systems. In addition to your bachelor’s degree, you may choose between a U.S. Coast Guard Third Assistant Engineer license and the optional Power Generation minor. This major also gives you the prerequisites for a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering.

2.Texas A&M Maritime Academy

Degree Programs

Students at Texas A&M University at Galveston will invariably tell you that the best thing about TAMUG is the small school environment – classes are small and students know their professors and classmates. Texas A&M University at Galveston is an ocean-oriented campus offering academic degrees, research, continuing education and public service in  sciences, engineering, business, transportation and liberal arts. Because TAMUG is a branch campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, students receive their degrees, and the Aggie Ring, from Texas A&M University. TAMUG also includes the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, one of six state maritime training academies in the United States and the only one located on the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Undergraduate degree programs:

Marine Biology - biological sciences with ocean emphasis

Marine Sciences - oceanography, marine chemistry, marine geology

Marine Engineering Technology - electro/mechanical engineering, ship engine operations

Marine Transportation - ship operations, license training in the Texas A&M Maritime Academy

Marine Fisheries - aquaculture, mariculture

Maritime Administration - international trade, port operations. MARA is also offered as a 3+2 program, allowing the student to earn his bachelors and masters of maritime administration and logistics degree in 5 years.

Maritime Studies - liberal arts, nautical archaeology and anthropology

Offshore and Coastal Systems Engineeering - ocean and civil engineering, offshore technology

University Studies - Two concentrations are offered: Marine Environmental Law and Policy and Oceans and One Health.

Ocean and Coastal Resources - environmental marine sciences

      Ocean and Coastal Resources is also offered as a 3+2 program with the Master of Marine Resources Management degree. This enables students to receive their bachelors and masters degree in five years.

 

Students who wish to attend TAMUG without declaring a major leading to a degree may choose to major in General Academics. The General Academics department welcomes students who are changing majors or reassessing their academic goals.

 

Graduate degree programs:

Marine Biology - Masters (thesis and non-thesis) and Ph.D.

Master of Marine Resources Management (MARM)

Master of Maritime Administration and Logistics (MMAL)

 

3. U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Marine Transportation

Overview

This department administers the marine transportation program for midshipmen. It is also responsible for major portions of the Maritime Operations and Technology and the Logistics and Intermodal Transportation curricula.

The department offers courses in three disciplines:

 

  • < >Nautical Science< >Maritime Business< >Logistics and Intermodal Transportation.Courses are given in the core curriculum to provide midshipmen with nautical science and management skills, as well as a knowledge of the transportation process necessary for successful careers in the maritime industry. The core includes courses in management, law, economics, transportation, logistics, intermodal and port operations, navigation, seamanship, marine safety and meteorology.

     

    In addition, the department offers advanced elective courses in relevant areas. These courses can be grouped to give midshipmen a more in-depth exposure to a particular subject area. Students interested in concentrating their electives are advised to contact faculty advisors for specific information and advice.

     

    Marine Engineering

    Overview

    The Engineering Majors provide midshipmen with the education and training to design, build, operate, maintain and repair the engineering systems used on modern marine vessels and to prepare them for positions of increasing responsibility in the maritime and intermodal transportation industries.

    The Engineering Majors also provide midshipmen with a sound, broad-based engineering education while simultaneously preparing them for an unrestricted license as a third assistant engineer of steam and motor vessels.

    The Academy offers three engineering majors:

  • < >Marine Engineering< >Marine Engineering Systems< >Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management.The synergistic combination of classical engineering studies and operations-oriented training and experience offers graduates an unbeatable amalgamation of skills that prepare them for a broad range of professional occupations. The special nature of the Academy makes the engineering graduates well suited for professions in the maritime industry as well as in related fields such as power generation and intermodal transportation.

    3.1 U.S.A. Maritime University

     

    4. Maine Maritime Academy:

  • Majors

    Engineering  and  Engineering Technology and Operations

     

  • Marine Engineering Operations

  • Marine Engineering Technology

  • Marine Systems Engineering - License Track

  • Marine Systems Engineering - Non-license Track

  • Power Engineering Technology

  • Power Engineering Operations

     

    Marine Transportation

  • Marine Transportation Operations

  • Vessel Operations & Technology

  • Small Vessel Operations

  • Small Craft Design

  • Small Craft Systems

     

    Business

  • International Business & Logistics

     

    Science

  • Marine Biology

  • Marine Science

                                    (with Secondary Education Teaching Certification Option)

  • Marine Biology and Small Vessel Operations (5 year)

  • Marine Science and Small Vessel Operations (5 year)

     

    Interdisciplinary

    Interdisciplinary Studies *

    *- Permission to enroll in this major is contingent upon a curriculum plan approved by the academic departments involved and the Academic Dean. Contact the Admissions Office for further information.

 

 

5. Massachusetts Maritime Academy

 

Under Graduate Programs

 

Engineering - Energy Systems Engineering

The new Bachelor of Science in Energy Systems Engineering (ESE) program is the third undergraduate engineering degree to be offered at MMA and began in fall 2012 with the class of 2016.  This program will prepare graduates for careers in the many varied segments of the fast growing energy industry in positions that provide for the engineering planning, design, and installation of various equipment and systems required for the generation, management and distribution of electrical power.  

 

The ESE program consists of a four year sequence of courses, including twelve new courses that will be offered for this degree.  The program requires the students to obtain 128 academic credits through classroom and laboratory instruction, including 45.5 credits of general education courses.  The new ESE major courses include advance mathematic and applied engineering courses along with specific courses that address the design of alternative and renewable energy systems.  In addition to academic credits, the students earn 18 program credits for cooperative (co-op) experiential learning.  This includes six credits for Sea Term I and 12 credits for two summer ESE co-ops.

 

The ESE program requires the completion of two co-ops that are scheduled for the students' junior and senior summer sessions.  A summer session co-op runs 9 to 11 weeks from mid June through the end of August.  The ESE co-op program provides the students with energy industry specific opportunities to gain first-hand industry knowledge, establish professional contacts, and develop future employment options. 

 

Students in the ESE program will be required to take the nationwide Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam in the spring semester of their senior year.  Professional accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) will be pursued for the ESE program.

 

Students in the ESE program can also take a USCG marine engineer license option.  This option will require a fifth year to accommodate marine engineering coursework and will require three additional sea terms taken during the students' sophomore through fifth year winter sessions.  During the spring semester of their fifth year, the license option students would take the USCG Third Assistant Engineer's license exam.

 

 

Environmental Protection, Safety, and Emergency Management - About Us

Environmental Protection, Safety, and Emergency Management (EPSEM) 

 

The Environmental Protection, Safety, and Emergency Management department consists of two programs, either of which students may choose as a major.   One program is Marine Safety and Environmental Protection; the other is Emergency Management. Because environmental, safety and emergency issues and events often overlap, the two programs share a common curriculum for the first two years. As juniors, students choose to major in one program, with the option of taking a minor in the other program. A few students undertake a dual major. 

 

MARINE SAFETY and ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION (MSEP)

The Marine Safety and Environmental Protection (MSEP) department consists of two programs, either of which students may choose as a major.   One program is Marine Safety and Environmental Protection; the other is Emergency Management. Because environmental, safety and emergency issues and events often overlap, the two programs share a common curriculum for the first two years. As juniors, students choose to major in one program, with the option of taking a minor in the other program. A few students undertake a dual major. 

 

The Marine Safety and Environmental Protection program takes Environmental Science to another level.  MSEP prepares students for a wide range of rewarding government, non-profit and private sector careers in the fields of environmental protection, environmental management, and marine and industrial health and safety. The program’s breadth of practical coursework and experience ensures, as an MSEP graduate, you‘ll successfully transition from college to a career track job in the field of environmental health and safety.  An amazingly diverse array of career opportunities exist due to global challenges such as climate change, diminishing natural resources, environmental degradation, increasing demands for energy, green and sustainable development, booming population and economic growth in developing countries, and pressing worldwide needs for environmental protection and industrial health and safety.

 

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT (EM)

Marine Safety and Environmental Protection (MSEP) department consists of two programs, either of which students may choose as a major.   One program is Marine Safety and Environmental Protection; the other is Emergency Management. Because environmental, safety and emergency issues and events often overlap, the two programs share a common curriculum for the first two years. As juniors, students choose to major in one program, with the option of taking a minor in the other program. A few students undertake a dual major.

The Emergency Management program’s educational coursework has been developed for each of three key concepts; hazard, risk, and disaster. The program component for hazard and risk (risk management) consists of a framework that explores four states in assessment and management including Risk Assessment, Control Analysis, Strategy Section and Implementation and Evaluation. In the case of disaster, the students study the different temporal stages in a disaster cycle, including; Mitigation or Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery. The program’s depth and range of practical coursework and experience, provides an EM graduate, the skills for a smooth transition from college to a profession in the emergency management field.

 

 

Engineering - Facilities Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Facilities Engineering (FE) program prepares graduates for careers in facilities engineering, management, and operations in positions providing for the safe, economical, and sustainable operation of the various equipment and systems found in large complex facilities, such as manufacturing plants, office buildings, hospitals, and power plants.

The FE program consists of a four-year sequence of courses as defined in the MMA Course Catalog.  The FE program requires students to obtain 127.5 academic credits through classroom and hands-on laboratory instruction, including 45.5 credits of general education.  The FE major courses include common applied engineering courses along with specific facilities engineering courses that address facilities systems, operations, and sustainability.  In addition to the academic credits, the students also earn 24 credits for cooperative (co-op) experiential learning.  This includes six credits for Sea Term I and 18 credits for three FE co-ops.

The FE program requires the students to complete three co-ops typically during their junior and senior years.  A summer session co-op, mid June thru August, runs 8-10 weeks, and a winter session co-op, late December thru February, runs 6-8 weeks.  The FE co-op program provides the students with excellent opportunities to learn first-hand about various industries, establish professional contacts, and develop future employment options.

The FE program offers students the opportunity to take the optional, highly encouraged, examination for a Massachusetts Stationary Engineer license and/or the examination for a Massachusetts Municipal Waste Water Operators license.  Other professional certifications are also available.  Initial licensure and/or certification better prepare the student for employment and future career advancement.

 

 

International Maritime Business

Formed in 2004, the International Maritime Business (IMB) department has been serving the needs of the global maritime industry by producing graduates well-versed in the foundations of both business and maritime worlds. The mission of the International Maritime Business (IMB) Department is to create disciplined, hard-working and positive-thinking professionals who will be generally well-versed in all functional areas of international business, and at the same time, will have specific expertise in the maritime sector, where such expertise will be earned as much from practical experience as from a rigorous academic program. The International Maritime Business program serves the trade interests of the Commonwealth and nation. The emphasis on curricular design is aligned to the educational philosophy of the Academy: Learn–Do–Learn. Through academic coursework, students learn the concepts and principles of international maritime business. They then apply this learning in a professional context during sea-term and cooperatives/internships. Based upon that experience, students then improve and adapt their understanding of the concepts and theories.

 

 

Engineering - Marine Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (ME) program prepares graduates for careers as licensed engineering officers in the United States Merchant Marine and for engineering positions in associated shoreside industries.

 

The ME program consists of a four-year sequence of courses as defined in the MMA Course Catalog.  The ME program requires students to obtain 132.5 academic credits through classroom and hands-on laboratory instruction, including 45.5 credits of general education.  The ME major courses include common applied engineering courses along with marine engineering specific STCW courses.  In addition to the academic credits, the students earn 24 credits - six credits each for Sea Terms I thru IV.  There are also zero-credit requirements for STCW Basic Safety, Firefighting, Lifeboat, CPR, and Engine Room Resource Management training.

 

The ME program includes approximately 50 days of practical shipboard training each year to satisfy STCW requirements for sea service.  Shipboard training is typically during the annual January thru February Sea Term, either aboard the Academy's Training Ship (T.S.) KENNEDY, or for juniors, aboard commercial merchant ships to experience the maritime industry first hand.

 

Scheduled during May of their eighth semester, students in the ME program must also qualify as a Third Assistant Engineer, Steam, Motor, and Gas Turbine, Unlimited Horsepower, through examinations administered by the United States Coast Guard .  The ultimate aim is to prepare the student to eventually reach the level of Chief Engineer. 

 

 

Environmental Protection, Safety, and Emergency Management

Environmental Protection, Safety, and Emergency Management (EPSEM) 

The Environmental Protection, Safety, and Emergency Management department consists of two programs, either of which students may choose as a major.   One program is Marine Safety and Environmental Protection; the other is Emergency Management. Because environmental, safety and emergency issues and events often overlap, the two programs share a common curriculum for the first two years. As juniors, students choose to major in one program, with the option of taking a minor in the other program. A few students undertake a dual major. 

 

 

MARINE SAFETY and ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION (MSEP)

The Marine Safety and Environmental Protection (MSEP) department consists of two programs, either of which students may choose as a major.   One program is Marine Safety and Environmental Protection; the other is Emergency Management. Because environmental, safety and emergency issues and events often overlap, the two programs share a common curriculum for the first two years. As juniors, students choose to major in one program, with the option of taking a minor in the other program. A few students undertake a dual major. 

 

The Marine Safety and Environmental Protection program takes Environmental Science to another level.  MSEP prepares students for a wide range of rewarding government, non-profit and private sector careers in the fields of environmental protection, environmental management, and marine and industrial health and safety. The program’s breadth of practical coursework and experience ensures, as an MSEP graduate, you‘ll successfully transition from college to a career track job in the field of environmental health and safety.  An amazingly diverse array of career opportunities exist due to global challenges such as climate change, diminishing natural resources, environmental degradation, increasing demands for energy, green and sustainable development, booming population and economic growth in developing countries, and pressing worldwide needs for environmental protection and industrial health and safety.

 

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT (EM)

Marine Safety and Environmental Protection (MSEP) department consists of two programs, either of which students may choose as a major.   One program is Marine Safety and Environmental Protection; the other is Emergency Management. Because environmental, safety and emergency issues and events often overlap, the two programs share a common curriculum for the first two years. As juniors, students choose to major in one program, with the option of taking a minor in the other program. A few students undertake a dual major.

The Emergency Management program’s educational coursework has been developed for each of three key concepts; hazard, risk, and disaster. The program component for hazard and risk (risk management) consists of a framework that explores four states in assessment and management including Risk Assessment, Control Analysis, Strategy Section and Implementation and Evaluation. In the case of disaster, the students study the different temporal stages in a disaster cycle, including; Mitigation or Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery. The program’s depth and range of practical coursework and experience, provides an EM graduate, the skills for a smooth transition from college to a profession in the emergency management field.

 

 

Marine Transportation

This major prepares students for careers as licensed ship's deck officers, as well as allowing them to easily transfer into management and operations positions within the transportation, intermodal and petroleum industries.

 

Marine Transportation majors receive extensive theoretical education and practical training in navigation, seamanship, ship construction, design, and damage control. Students train on ship simulators and sail on Academy training vessels.

 

Four sea terms, including the opportunity to sail with a commercial company during Sea Term III, provide an excellent chance to learn the industry first hand, establish contacts and better prepare them for graduation the next year.

 

Graduates must qualify through examination by the United States Coast Guard as Third Mate, Steam and Motor Vessels of unlimited tonnage on the oceans. This requires satisfactorily completing STCW 95 requirements. The ultimate goal is to prepare the student to eventually reach the level of Master, Oceans Unlimited.

 

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