Immediate openings for paid maritime apprenticeship positions

The Workboat Academy is seeking referrals from Industry for the 500/1600 GRT Mate Program. We are looking for passionate mature individuals (US Citizens only) who are looking for a career at sea.  This innovative program, reduces the sea-time requirements from three years to one year.

We currently have paid apprenticeships available on Tugboats, Offshore Supply Vessels, Research Vessels and Government Vessels on the East, West and Gulf Coasts.

Since the inception of the Workboat Academy in 2006, the curriculum has grown stronger with guidance from our 30+ Partner Companies. The hybrid vocational 2 year program with alternating sea phases and academic phases has a strong retention rate and is respected nationwide.

The apprentice receives onboard training during his/her 360 days at sea. The academic phases consist of 26 weeks in the classroom with additional time in the full mission simulator.

Upon successful completion of the program and the USCG exam, the cadet will hold a Mate 500 GRT Oceans/1600 Near Coastal, an Able Seafarer – Limited endorsement and a mate of towing endorsement (if sailing with a Towboat Company). Apprentices that sail on OSV’s will receive an AB OSV Endorsement after the first year and a Mate 1600 GRT Oceans License upon graduation.

Please refer qualified applicants to the Workboat Academy website at, or our e-mail address at

The Workboat Academy is the proud recipient of the Department of Labor’s award for ‘Registered Apprenticeship Innovator and Trailblazer’


By Professional Mariner Staff