Why study maritime studies?

The maritime industry offers the opportunity to get involved with the world’s largest industries, and create and manage the world’s largest and most complex machines and structures. You could positively impact the world by working on the future of ocean and offshore-based renewable energy, or create and refine the efficiency of global trade to deliver sustainability benefits.

The Australian Maritime College is the strategic educational provider for Australia’s $90bn Naval Shipbuilding Plan, which requires thousands of maritime specialists across engineering, management, seafaring, and maritime operations. You could be creating the next generation of naval ships, or helping guide the logistics required to support their construction and maintenance. No matter your passion, there is a maritime career option for you.

I love engaging students in both the application of what we do and the application of the theory as well as and seeing them put that into practice.

Dr Alex Forrest
Lecturer, Ocean Engineering

Course list

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Careers in maritime

We offer a range of courses at AMC and not all of them mean you need to lead a life at sea. From engineering degrees, international logistics and business degrees through to VET pathways and ocean seafaring degrees, we provide you with qualifications you can travel the world with.

Ocean Seafaring

Seafarers come from around the globe, your career choice could see you working on some of the world’s biggest and best ships. Travel the world as a deck or engineering officer in the merchant navy or as part of the cruise ship industry. Our courses will fast-track your career opportunities both at sea and onshore.


Engineers are curious about the way things work, they like to analyse and solve problems, they are goal oriented and are good at mathematics and science. With our maritime engineering degree and access to our world-class facilities, the global opportunities are endless. Our four-year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degrees are accredited by Engineers Australia, the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and the international Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST). Our graduates have a competitive edge and are in very high demand world-wide.

Coastal Seafaring

Coastal Seafarers are hands-on and dynamic. From running catamaran tourist trips and fishing charters to working on rig tenders and onshore vessels - seafarers are highly mobile. Our flexible courses are industry relevant and provide you with a globally recognised qualification that could take you around the world.

Maritime Business and International Logistics

A Maritime and Logistics Management qualification will open the door to a career in the multi-billion dollar logistics industry, offering you excellent earning potential and worldwide opportunities. Set yourself up for global career opportunities as our programs prepare our graduates for management and senior administrative careers in private enterprise, industry organisations and government. We recognise industry experience, so you can gain entry without the usual academic prerequisites.

Career options

  • General crew member
  • Deck Officer
  • Marine Engineer
  • Marine Electro-Technical Officer
  • Cargo Supervisor
  • Terminal Manager
  • Marine Investigator
  • Nautical Advisor
  • Crew Manager
  • Shipyard Consultant
  • Maritime Auditor
  • Coastguard or Customs Official
  • Mooring Master
  • Quarantine Official
  • Ship repair Manager
  • Marine and Technical Surveyor
  • Marine Insurance Assessor
  • Fleet Manager
  • Marine Superintendent
  • Dry Dock Engineer
  • Commercial shipping
  • Ports and terminals
  • Transport policy and administration
  • Freight forwarding
  • Marine insurance
  • Ship agencies
  • Importing and exporting
  • International trade
  • Global transport
  • International logistics
  • Government and policy
  • Operations management
  • Customs broking
  • Ship management
  • Global procurement
  • Warehouse management
  • Other areas of international business
  • Vessel design such as high-speed ferries, underwater vehicles, submarines, patrol boats, frigates, working vessels and offshore floating systems
  • Supervision of vessel construction or trials
  • Vessel and Marine surveying
  • Engineering consultancy for coastal and subsea engineering projects
  • Offshore installations design and management
  • Alternative energy concepts design
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Tourism charter boats
  • Commercial fishing
  • Commercial trading vessels
  • Aquaculture and super yachts
  • Rig tenders
  • Onshore support vessels

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