Located just outside of Houston, the San Jacinto College Maritime Program offers maritime training and deck-level coursework for all professional mariners. We cover everything from entry-level deckhands on an inland towboat to Unlimited Tonnage Masters on the world's largest ships. 

Our courses are United States Coast Guard (USCG) approved and Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) compliant. These USCG approved courses are also approved for GI Bill education benefit certification for veterans.

Engineering courses are available from engine room fundamentals and Qualified Member of the Engineering Department (QMED) to Designated Duty engineer (DDE) and Chief Engineer.

Our staff consists of USCG Approved Ship Masters, Chief Engineers, former US Navy, Merchant Marine Officers and skilled technicians with more than a century of combined experience who make the learning experience at San Jac Maritime both effective and enjoyable. Our 45,000 square foot waterfront facility is equipped with state-of-the-art Bridge and Engine Room Simulators to facilitate the teaching of over 70 USCG and STCW approved courses.



Texas' First Associate Degree Maritime Transportation Program

Launched in the fall semester of 2012 and at the request of local industry for a higher quality and a more well-rounded entry- level professional mariner, San Jacinto College is home to the Associate Degree in Maritime Transportation that combines USCG and STCW-approved maritime training with the college-level academics required of an associate degree.

Our goal is to provide new mariners to the industry with practical knowledge in the areas of math, science, and English that most closely relates to their maritime career path.


My experience at San Jac was awesome. Ed and the other instructors didn’t come in and just teach. They made me understand what they were teaching.

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Maritime Technology and Training Center

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3700 Old Highway 146
La Porte, TX 77571
Hours | Mon–Fri 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Veteran department contact:
281-998-6350 ext. 1366