The Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) is a world-renowned maritime training and simulation center. The Institute has been providing high-quality maritime training programs for military and commercial mariners for well over thirty years. Today, over 150 different courses are available for mariners from around the globe. In addition, MITAGS is one of the few schools in the United States that offers all of the STCW training courses that are necessary to progress from Ordinary Seafarer to Unlimited Master.
The origin of MITAGS can be traced back to the establishment of the Maritime Advancement, Training, Education, and Safety (MATES) program. The MATES Program is a non-profit trust that was created in 1968 by major steamship lines and the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots (IOMM&P). The original mission of the MATES Program was to enhance the professionalism of mariners, and it is a goal which continues to this day.
MITAGS offers a wide-range of programs, including courses that support the following areas of the maritime industry:
- Container / ro-ro
- State pilots.
- Military sealift command (MSC).
- Cruise ships
- Tank ships
- Tug and barge
- Offshore supply
- Operational Research
Training and simulation services for State Pilot organizations
MITAGS is the leading provider of training and simulation services for State Pilot organizations in the United States. In fact, the courses, programs and simulation facilities are continually upgraded to ensure pilots have access to the very latest information associated with new technology and shiphandling techniques. For smaller associations, MITAGS also offers open enrollment pilot courses on a quarterly basis. Our training and simulation courses include:
- AIS – automatic identification systems
- AZIPOD-2 – azipod propulsion systems
- ARPA – automatic radar plotting aids
- BRMP – bridge resource management for pilots
- CONT-PLNG-WKSH – contingency planning workshop
- LEG – legal aspects of pilotage
- MEDIA-RSP-WKSH – media response workshop
- ROR-1 – radar observer renewal
- SHS-ESH-BRMP-3 – emergency shiphandling / bridge resource management for pilots
- TRAC-TUG – tractor tug
- TTT – train the trainer
Deck license upgrades
The Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) is one of the few schools in the United States that offers a complete line of training programs that are specifically designed to help mariners advance from Ordinary Seafarer to Unlimited Tonnage Master. For your convenience, the following is a complete listing of MITAGS programs that will lead to a specific license or endorsement. Courses include:
- Entry level
- Chief mate / master (CMM) program
- Workboat mate program
- AB to mate program
- License preparation courses
- Towing officer
- Master, mate, and OUPV courses
MITAGS also offers a wide range of "stand-alone" training courses. In fact, most of the STCW-95 required programs may be taken on a "stand-alone" basis. These programs can also be customized to fit the specific needs of your organization. However, custom curriculum typically requires a minimum of six students for classroom courses and three students for simulator-based courses.