Workboat Academy after a 4 year degree?

I’m going to a small liberal arts college next year, but I want to keep my career options open, even though I know my degree won’t be relevant at all. I recently came across the Workboat Academy program at PMI in Seattle. I have a few questions.

1. What is the Seattle Workboat Academy like? Is it a high quality program? How difficult is it to find internships? Also, would I feel super unwelcome if I attended it after getting a 4 year degree?

2. What is the status of the maritime industry in the Northwest/Alaska? I’d ideally like to work on a vessel that transits between Alaska and Washington. Would it be difficult to find a job.

3. How much of an issue is automation estimated to be?

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6 thoughts on “Workboat Academy after a 4 year degree?

  • April 24, 2020 at 5:43 am
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    Put yourself through the SIU (Seafarers International Union) apprentice program.

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  • April 24, 2020 at 5:43 am
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    If you are just looking to get a “feel” of the industry it will be hard to get a gig, especially on an ocean going vessel without some investment of time and money into a school for endorsements.

    You can get a job aboard a tug or push boat and barge with just a TWIC. Down here in the gulf, on the Mississippi river specifically push boat companies are always looking for deckhands and all you need is a TWIC. The only thing is that being a deckhand on a push boat isn’t the best example of the industry as a whole.

    SIU’s apprentice program is a 2 year commitment, you will live at their facility with out leaving and not really getting paid.

    Not sure how long the workboat academy is but Great lakes Maritime Academy has 3 year program for engineering if you already have a Bachelors. Their are so many avenues you can take in this industry.

    The funny thing is you will meet people in the industry that have niche. For example I hated workboats, barges and tugs. I worked on them and found out it was not for me. I worked with guys that hated deep sea and didn’t want anything to do with being gone 2-4 months on a ship. However It was something that I really enjoyed and would never trade working on ocean going ship for a tow boat. Everyone has there thing. I hope you find yours.

    Best of luck. you can always message if you have any questions.

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  • April 24, 2020 at 5:43 am
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    I can’t speak to the Seattle Workboat Academy in particular, but I can say that if you’re interested in working in maritime, you’ll find that there are excellent opportunities to make a good living on the water. The maritime industry in the Northwest and Alaska is robust, and there are always openings for skilled mariners.

    As for automation: while there are efforts underway in the industry to reduce crewing through automation, this could be said of any industry. I can tell you that will be a long time before it becomes economically viable to replace skilled mariners with automation.

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  • April 24, 2020 at 5:43 am
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    Have you settled on whether you want to be deck or engine room and will you be staying in the western Washington area?

    And I’d agree with u/jbsailor_. If you’re going to go to school for a degree I’d argue to go for a degree that will guarantee you a shore side job. Accidents do happen and people end up with disabling injuries. Personally, I’d recommend a business degree, that way if you’re not to science or math oriented it still allows you opportunities on shore so long as you have a working brain and some people skills. Preferably marketing or management if math isn’t your deal.

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  • April 24, 2020 at 5:43 am
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    A friend of mine did this and got his 3rds in 3 years.

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  • April 24, 2020 at 5:43 am
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    I know nothing of Workboat Academy, but will say this: If you want to work in the maritime industry, a LA degree isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. If you’re gonna end up on boats, go work on boats or go to school for it. A BA in underwater basket weaving doesn’t qualify you for anything.

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