Workboat Mate (500/1600 GRT) Apprenticeship Program

Campus Location: MITAGS-West (Seattle, Washington)

Partner Company Providing Onboard Training: Multiple

Program Start Date: March, 2024

Application Deadline: November 15, 2023

License Pathway: Limited Tonnage Mate (500/1600 GRT)

Tuition Cost: $38,000 (total cost over two years, does not include lodging)



MITAGS is looking for passionate, motivated individuals who have interest in working and training on oceangoing tugboats operating along the Pacific Coast

Participating Companies

Companies currently hosting apprentices are: Centerline Logistics, Crowley Maritime, Foss Maritime, and Western Towboat

Requirements/Application Process

Requirements for full admission to all of MAP’s Mate Training Programs are:

  • Minimum age of 19
  • High School diploma or equivalency (Transcripts may be substituted if they confirm graduation.)
  • Basic Math Entrance Exam (completed online, following your initial program interview)
  • Eligible for a U.S. Passport (U.S. citizenship is required for this program)
  • Transportation Worker’s Identification Card (TWIC)
  • USCG Issued Merchant Mariner Credential
  • USCG Issued Medical Certificate
  • Ability to pass the Partner Company’s Physical Exam, when applicable


If you are ready to take that next step, please email the following to [email protected] 

  • Updated resume;
  • Cover letter addressed to Maritime Apprenticeship Programs;
  • Letter of professional reference (from an employer);


Questions about the program prior to submitting an application? Email [email protected] for more details. This program is GI Bill® approved. For questions about using your VA benefits to attend this program, contact us for further guidance.

Interested in Applying?


Email [email protected] with your updated resume, cover letter, and letter of reference from an employer! Applications for this program will be accepted no later than November 15, 2023. 

Limited seats are available, so apply now! Interviews will be scheduled upon receipt of your application materials on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be ongoing through the middle of November. This program is set to begin in March of 2024.