Marine Technology - Navigation

Program: MNAV
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Co-op
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 3 Co-op Work Terms
Length: 6 Semesters, plus 3 work terms
Duration: 3 Years
Effective: Fall 2019
Location: Owen Sound


This program has been planned in co-operation with Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security (TCMSS) and Canada's shipping companies. It offers a complete education for those seeking employment as a ship's Navigation Officer. The specialized competencies and work experience also provide the graduate with opportunities for employment in government and in other marine-related industries.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program may find rewarding careers as ship's officers on board commercial vessels throughout Canada and the world. This three year co-operative cadet training program may lead to career advancement to senior ranks on board ship and to positions of leadership in the marine industry. Graduates are eligible to write examinations for the Transport Canada Watchkeeping Mate Certificate of Competency and can gain employment in domestic and international shipping industries.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. monitor and control compliance with legislation to ensure the safety of life at sea and protection of the marine environment;
  2. safely and effectively function as a member of a large dynamic team, whose goal is to transport cargo in a safe and environmentally sustainable manner;
  3. communicate and manage information in a variety of forms;
  4. communicate effectively from ship to ship and ship to shore;
  5. plan and conduct a sea passage;
  6. determine and monitor the vessels position at all times;
  7. maintain a safe navigational watch using modern and traditional navigation skills;
  8. forecast weather and oceanographic conditions;
  9. maneuver the ship safely and efficiently;
  10. inspect the ship for defects and damage;
  11. load, transport and discharge cargo to the order of the ship and cargo owner;
  12. follow government requirements and maintain the seaworthiness of the ship;
  13. apply "hands on" seamanship skills;
  14. use modern technology in the performance of shipboard duties and be able to adapt to changes in technology;
  15. practice and develop effective, basic management skills
  16. apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.

Practical Experience

Co-operative Education is a mandatory component of all Co-op programs at Georgian College; it has been designed as a process by which students integrate their academic education with work experience related to their programs of study. This integration affects much more than simply earning a salary, including the adjustment to the work environment and the development of professionalism. It also reinforces skills and theory learned during academic semesters, develops professional contacts, job knowledge and career path, improves human relations and communication skills, and promotes personal maturity and financial independence.

Students are requested to register, attend and participate in their scheduled co-operative education classes. These classes are scheduled for all first year students and are expected to be completed in order for students to proceed successfully to their first co-op work experiences. To ensure students are eligible to proceed onto any co-op work experience, students should refer to Promotional Status and Eligibility for Co-op as outlined in the College Calendar. Co-op policies and procedures can be located on our website:

Georgian College follows the Co-operative Education guidelines set out by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) by supporting the learning outcomes designed for the program specific graduate profile and curriculum as set out by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

External Recognition

TCMSS has recognized this program as an approved cadet training program meeting the requirements of TP5562 Nautical Cadet Training Program.

This program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2019
  • Sem 2: Winter 2020
  • Work Term 1: Summer 2020
  • Sem 3: Fall 2020
  • Sem 4: Winter 2021
  • Work Term 2 (two terms): Summer 2021 - Fall 2021
  • Sem 5: Winter 2022
  • Sem 6: Summer 2022
  • Work Term 3: Fall 2022


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)

Note: Applicants must provide a valid Transport Canada Marine Medical stating 'fit for sea service' or 'fit for sea service with limitations'. In the case of an applicant with a certificate 'fit for sea service with limitations', the application will be reviewed for admission.

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Additional Information

Co-operative Work Term Requirements

This is a fully integrated co-operative education program, wherein the cadet will participate in semesters of academic study at the Owen Sound Campus interspersed with work term placements on board ships. Hence, undergraduates are involved in work activities directly related to their educational objectives. TCMSS requires twelve months of Co-op sea service.

Marine Emergency Duties training, which is required before a cadet may proceed to the shipboard work placement and for certification as an officer, will be scheduled for students at an extra charge.

Every effort is made to arrange work term placements; however, cadets must qualify for such and no guarantee of placement can be made.

Canadian flagged ships only accept Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents for employment. International students are encouraged to investigate Co-op opportunities prior to commencing studies. Cadets may be subjected to adverse environmental conditions while on board ship (noise, dirt, dust, confined quarters and heavy lifting). Anyone with known allergies should consult with the Co-op department.

International applicants must sign a letter to acknowledge that Transport Canada does not issue Marine Certificates of Competency (Marine Licence) to non-Canadians.

Eligibility to enter the U.S.

Although not an admission requirement, all shipping companies, whether Canadian or foreign, which have vessels trading in U.S. ports require that all their shipboard personnel be eligible to legally enter the U.S.

Graduation Requirements

40 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 Co-op Work Terms

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Program Tracking

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
MARE 1007 Basic Engineering Knowledge 48
MARE 1014 Practical Seamanship 48
MARE 1016 Astronomy For Navigation 48
MARE 1026 Seamanship 48
MARE 1030 Coastal Navigation 1 96
MATH 1018 Introduction to Technical Mathematics 42
MARE 1049 Radar Navigation 32
Semester 2
Program Courses  
MARE 1018 Navigational Safety 1 48
MARE 1019 Introduction to Ship Master's Business 48
MARE 1021 Ship Construction 64
MARE 1024 Global Marine Distress and Safety System Part 1 24
MARE 1047 On Board Training Preparation 48
MARE 1048 Electronic Positioning Systems 48
MATH 1019 Technical Mathematics 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 3
Program Courses  
ELEC 2017 Marine Electricity Fundamentals 64
MARE 2022 Ocean Navigation 1 64
MARE 2028 Navigational Safety 2 32
MARE 2039 Radar and Automatic Radar Plotting Aids 48
MARE 2040 Advanced Seamanship 32
MARE 2041 Signals and Communications 16
MARE 2042 General Ship Knowledge 1 48
METE 2004 Meteorology 1 64
Semester 4
Program Courses  
MARE 2005 Transverse Stability 48
MARE 2029 Cargo Work 1 32
MARE 2030 Coastal Navigation 2 80
MARE 2043 Advanced Engineering Knowledge for Navigation 48
MENG 1017 Applied Mechanics 48
METE 2003 Meteorology 2 64
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 5
Program Courses  
MARE 2026 Ocean Navigaton 2 64
MARE 3030 Advanced Navigational Safety 32
MARE 3031 Navigational Systems and Instruments 80
MARE 3033 Cargo Work 2 48
MARE 3036 Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) 48
MARE 3037 General Ship Knowledge 2 32
MARE 3038 Bridge Resource Management and Leadership Training 32
MATH 2007 Spherical Mathematics 48
Semester 6
Program Courses  
MARE 3015 Shipmaster's Business 48
MARE 3025 Longitudinal Stability 64
MARE 3039 Simulated Navigation 64
PHYS 3000 Physics 48
 Total Hours2064
Plan of Study Grid
Co-op Work TermsHours
COOP 1033 Marine Navigation Work Term 1 (occurs after Semester 2) 840
COOP 2031 Marine Navigation Work Term 2 (occurs after Semester 4) 1680
COOP 3012 Marine Nav Co-op Work Term 3 (occurs after Semester 6) 400
 Total Hours2920

Graduation Window

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of three years (as stated above) may take a maximum of six years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission. 

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.  

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