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Co-Op and Commercial Cruise Program


Each year California State University Maritime Academy seeks support from Employers in the continued educational development of our students. The application of in class learning to real world settings is a cornerstone in the development of a Cal Maritime graduate. Career  Services administratively assists students with finding a Co-Op or a Cadet Shipping Billet onboard a sailing merchant marine vessel. Please click on the links below to learn more about these valuable programs and how your company can participate.


Cooperative Education


The purpose of the Co-Op Program is to integrate classroom studies with academic related work experience. All non-licensed cadets must participate in a Co-Op as required by their major and are designed for students who have completed two or three years of coursework. Each Co-Op provides a great opportunity to develop the skills leaned in the classroom, culminating in a relationship with a company that could lead to a employment upon graduation. 

Participating Majors: Business Administration, Facilities Engineering, Global Studies and Maritime Affairs, & Mechanical Engineering

For more information, please contact one of our Co-Op Coordinators:

Tom Leggio
Career Coordinator- Maritime Policy and Management
(707) 654- 1077
Alexander Jones
Career Coordinator- Shoreside Engineering Programs
(707) 654-1196


Commercial Cruise


Our Commercial Cruise program can be a great resource for your organization.  The purpose of the commercial cruise program is to pair students aboard commercially operated vessels.

  • Deck Cadets (Marine Transportation majors) are required to sail a minimum of 100 days aboard a 100 gross ton vessel.
  • Engine Cadets ( USCG License Track Mechnical majors and Marine Engineering Technology majors) are required to obtain a minimum of 60 days of sea time aboard a vessel with a minimum of 4000 hp.

The training and experience that you will receive during your sea time on a commercial vessel varies greatly with the type of trade in which the vessel is engaged, as well as the ship's schedule and crew.

All cadets are required to complete an academic project while at sea which they turn in to the academy for a grade. This program is an invaluable keystone element in the training here at Cal Maritime. Our cadets participate in commercial cruise their sophomore summer after completing their freshman cruise aboard the Training Ship Golden Bear.

Participating Majors: Marine Engineering Technology, Marine Transportation, & Mechanical Engineering


For more information please contact:

Devon Kincanon

Career Coordinator- Sailing Programs

(707) 654-1072



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