Workboat Mate (500/1600 GRT) Apprenticeship Program


Campus Location: MITAGS-West (Seattle, Washington)

Partner Company Providing Onboard Training: Multiple

Program Start Date: TBD. Please check back for updates.

Application Deadline: TBD. Please check back for updates.

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

Tuition Cost: TBD for 2025 (total cost over two years, does not include lodging)
This program is GI Bill® approved. Contact a MITAGS advisor with questions about using VA benefits.



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, Foss Maritime, Western Towboat, and OSG.

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



Maritime Apprenticeship Program

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