The college’s fleet of 60+ vessels include the Training Ship State of Maine (TSSOM), the schooner Bowdoin, the tug Pentagoet, the Capt. Susan J. Clark, and the research vessel Friendship. There are also dozens of small sailboats, including Colgate 26s, Mercuries, and 420s, for racing or recreational use. The working waterfront is unique to MMA and supports a hands on learning environment for our students.
Here at Maine Maritime Academy, one of the hallmarks of our program is our waterfront. And we consider it truly a working waterfront. There are students there every day of the week including weekends. Many of them once they get qualified, they'll have the opportunity to take our small vessels out on their own to really practice their navigation and seamanship skills and frankly, some of the engineering skills as well.
So our working waterfront at the Academy is really designed to mirror as much as possible what the industry is, you know, students are going to come out of here and be either ship side, or at least shore side but working on the waterfront. And our goal is to make sure that the things that we do at the Academy, the things that we do at the waterfront mirrors what's going to go on in the industry. The waterfront at Maine Maritime Academy is unique amongst the maritime schools because of how much access to students have to vessels. If they put in the time and the effort to come down here and get involved. They're going to get way more learning down here in the water than they are in a lot of their classes, in my opinion.
In terms of student jobs, a lot of student jobs available at the waterfront. You know, some of those positions are general utility workers. We have launched drivers and actually powerboat operators who help run, our fleet to power boats. We have kind of radio operators. We really couldn't do everything that we do at the waterfront without without student help. So anything that a staff member is doing down there, the students helping.
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