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Northwestern Michigan College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as detailed on the college’s accreditation page.

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The marine technology program seeking accreditation by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET is:

The Bachelor of Science in Maritime Technology, Marine Technology major (BSMT-Marine Technology)

ABET accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology at the associate, bachelor and master degree levels. ABET is a globally recognized accreditation ensuring a program meets the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter the workforce. For more information on ABET, visit http://www.abet.org.

Program Educational Outcomes

In three to five years, graduates of the marine technology program will have:

  1. An advanced level of technical competence in marine-based systems and ability to lead diverse and multidisciplinary teams
  2. An eagerness to learn new skills, both within their field and in new areas, in order to remain up-to-date with new technologies and increase their professional abilities
  3. An intrinsic drive to provide tangible benefits to society through their professional endeavors
  4. Establishment of a positive professional reputation for competence in marine technology, a history of high-quality work, and for effective communication

Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the BSMT-Marine Technology degree,

  1. Graduates will have the ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly defined engineering technology activities
  2. Graduates will have an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies
  3. Graduates will have an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes
  4. Graduates will have an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives
  5. Graduates will have an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team
  6. Graduates will have an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems
  7. Graduates will have an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature
  8. Graduates will have an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development
  9. Graduates will have an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity
  10. Graduates will have a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context
  11. Graduates will have a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement
  1. Graduates will be proficient in the operation, maintenance, analysis, and management of modern marine platforms and associated marine auxiliary equipment and systems.
  2. Graduates will be proficient in applying the principles of college-level natural sciences, including physics, oceanography, and meteorology & climatology to problems associated with marine equipment, systems and vehicles
  3. Graduates will be proficient in (a) the use and application of instrumentation for measuring physical phenomena related to naval architecture and/or marine engineering technology, and (b) the design of experiments, data collection, analysis, and formal report writing
  4. Graduates will be proficient in the use of design manuals, material/equipment specifications, and industry regulations applicable to marine engineering technology
  5. Graduates will be proficient in applying the principles of fluid mechanics, hydrostatic stability, solid mechanics, materials, dynamics, and energy systems to marine equipment, systems and vehicles at a nature and level appropriate to the program objectives

Enrollment and Completion Information









Degrees Awarded




Fall to Next Term Retention

100% (11/11)

85% (17/20)

85% (22/26)

Fall to Fall Retention

82% (9/11)

59% (13/22)


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