Washington State Ferry Apprenticeship Program

Campus Location: MITAGS-West (Seattle, Washington)

Partner Company Providing Onboard Training: Washington State Ferries

Program Start Date: February 5, 2024

Application Deadline: October 30, 2023

License Pathway: Unlimited Tonnage Mate – Inland

Tuition Cost: N/A – This is a scholarship funded program



MITAGS’ West Coast Campus in Seattle, Washington is pleased to announce a new offering of our Maritime Apprenticeship Program in partnership with Washington State Ferries.

We are looking for passionate, motivated individuals who have interest in working and training aboard the Washington State Ferry system. Benefits of this program include:

  • NO cost to accepted applicants for the 2 year program,.
  • The scholarship is worth over $61,000 in tuition including paid training days onboard Washington State Ferries.
  • Successfully complete the MITAGS’ program, apply for employment at Washington State Ferries, and follow the Washington State Ferries career pathway to the pilothouse as a licensed deck officer.
  • Competitive wages: Washington State Ferries licensed deck officers starting pay range $96,408 to $ 103,292.


About Washington State Ferries:

The Washington State Ferry system is the largest in the U.S. and the second largest in the world, with a fleet of 21 auto-passenger vessels operating out of 20 terminals on 10 different routes in the Puget Sound. They are the third largest transit system in Washington, moving an average of 23 million commuters, casual riders and tourists per year. Learn more: https://wsdot.wa.gov/travel/washington-state-ferries


Requirements/Application Process:

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

  • Minimum age of 18.5
  • Proof of high school diploma, GED or HiSET
  • Basic Math Entrance Exam (completed online, following your initial program interview)
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship (US Coast Guard requirement for licensed credentials)
  • Eligibility to obtain TWIC, Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) and USCG Medical Certificate (WSF will assist selected applicants with this process)


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

  • Letter of Interest, describing why you are drawn to this program and industry;
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation from professional or educational references;
  • Supplemental Essay: In 300-500 words, explain “How have you committed yourself to understanding and aiding in the pursuit of equity and inclusion?”

MITAGS will forward your responses to the Washington State Ferries for their review and consideration once all application requirements have been met (this will include an intake interview with MITAGS and completion of a prerequisite math exam).

Final candidate selection is at the discretion of the Washington State Ferries.

Questions about the program and application process prior to submitting an application? Email [email protected] for more details.