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Marine Science Technician

College or University: Saddleback Community College

Type of degree: A.S.

Brief overview of program: Rapid growth of the field of marine environmental managment in Southern California brings demand for marine science technicians having the practical seamanship skills of navigation, vessel operation, marine systems and equipment maintenance as well as scientific expertise. Flexibility in study areas of concentration allows for tailoring coursework to specific employment opportunities. Classroom work in oceanographic disciplines is combined with seagoing laboratory experience aboard marine research vessels both sail and power. The program is designed to develop a solid educational foundation so that graduates will be prepared to work closely with scientists, researchers, engineers, marine survey and operations personnel as they endeavor to manage this enormous resource for the good of mankind.

Website: Click here for program website

Tuition (2007):In State: $20/ unit, Out of State: $171/ unit

Number of students enrolled in 2007: 2

Where do most of the students go upon graduating or leaving the program?
Continue Education: 80% | Enter Workforce: 10% | Do not know: 10%

For the students that enter the workforce, what are the most common occupations that they pursue with this degree or certificate? USCG licensed captain for sailing vessels. Use their education to improve skills in their present job. Avocational use of professional Marine skills acquired.

Description of Facilities: Fleet of sailboats available, from 14' - 40'. Floating Marine Laboratory of the Ocean Institute in Dana Point Harbor. Dana Point Marine Wildlife Refuge at the Ocean Institute.

Program Faculty: Mark Wakeman Howe - Marine Biology, Oceanography, Marine GIS, Seamanship [USCG lic.] Ron Grant - Seamanship/ Navigation [USCG lic.] Marc Hughston - Seamanship [USCG lic.] Diane Wenzel - Seamanship/ Small Boat Safety [USCG lic.] Ed Tackett - Undersea Robotics/ ROV, Comuter assisted design and production

Student Support: Yes

Program Point of Contact: Morgan E. Barrows Ph.D.


Department: Environmental Sciences/ Marine Science Technology

Institution address: 28000 Marguerite Parkway
                             Mission Viejo,CA 92692

Phone: 949-582-4624


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