One of the many jobs seafarers should consider on shore is to become a Dean in a maritime college. Specifically, this profession suits management level officers and engineers.

If you want to retire your sea life while taking advantage of your rank, seek a position of a Dean in maritime schools.

Who knows you may become a dean in schools offering maritime scholarships here in the Philippines.

 

What is a Dean?

A Dean is a title given to a person who leads a certain academic program in colleges and universities. Since schools offer various degrees and courses, there must be a person managing each respective department.

A maritime college is one part of an academy. In order for that division to function well, it needs a Dean to implement changes that improves the quality of education.

This includes complying with the standards laid out by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). Apart from that, a Dean of a maritime college must be fully conversant with the STCW Convention. He must be able to implement them in the school system.

 

CHED requirements

According to CHED, a maritime school shall have a distinct and separate College of Maritime Education for the operation of maritime programs.

They must establish a department for every maritime program under the College of Maritime Education.

Moreover, a full-time dean shall manage the College of Maritime Education. He must effectively carry out his or her functions and responsibilities.

In case that the College of Maritime Education has only one department, the Dean may serve as department head in concurrent capacity.

 

Cadets enhancing their skills in using a nautical chart.

Cadets enhancing their skills in using a nautical chart.

 

What does a Dean of maritime college do?

A Dean’s job is on a managerial level, similar on board. But instead of running a ship of 16 to 28 crew, he now handles hundreds of students in this new “ship”.

His cargo now is the knowledge and courses that should be delivered to students from first year to graduation.

That being said, a Dean must create programs that enhance skills necessary for students in their chosen field (BSMT and BSMarE).

He must provide leadership and develop projects that puts the school’s maritime college in the global standard.

We know that after graduation, these cadets will find a career on different merchant ships. Thus, he must ensure that the students are highly-trained and well-equipped. They must be competent under domestic and international standards.

A Dean’s job includes improving the schools maritime facilities. Thus, he must ensure that ARPA, ECDIS, GMDSS, cargo handling and other equipment found on board must also be found in school for students to learn, use and familiarize.

 

Minimum Requirements and Qualifications of a Dean

Normally, Management Level Officers are preferred for this job. They include the Master, Chief Mate, Chief Engineer and Second Engineer. Aside from them, Officers in Charge of a Watch are also qualified as long as they meet the requirements.

As per CHED guidelines, the Dean of the College of Maritime Education maybe anyone of the following:

 

a) Management Level Officers (Tier 1)

  • 24 months of seagoing experience as Management Level Officer;

  • 2 years of teaching experience;

  • BSMT or BSMarE degree;

  • Master’s degree, preferably related to BSMT/ BSMarE program;

  • completed Training Course for Instructors (IMO Model Course 6.09) and;

  • completed Training Course on Assessment, Examination and Certification of Seafarers (IMO Model Course 3.12);

 

b) Management Level Officers (Tier 2

  • 12 months of seagoing experience as Management Level Officer;

  • 3 years of teaching experience;

  • 1 year of supervisory experience;

  • BSMT or BSMarE degree;

  • Master’s degree, preferably related to BSMT/ BSMarE program;

  • completed Training Course for Instructors (IMO Model Course 6.09) and;

  • completed Training Course on Assessment, Examination and Certification of Seafarers (IMO Model Course 3.12);

 

If you had your management license for a while but didn’t get the chance to use it on board, you are still qualified in applying for a title of a Dean in a maritime college.

You only need to comply these additional requirements.

 

Making sure that simulators are working are one of the many jobs of a dean in a maritime college

Making sure that simulators are working are one of the many jobs of a dean in a maritime college

 

c) Management Level Officer (Tier 3)

  • 24 months of seagoing experience as Officer in Charge of a Watch;

  • 5 years of teaching experience;

  • 3 years of supervisory experience;

  • BSMT or BSMarE degree;

  • Masters degree preferably related to BSMT/ BSMarE program;

  • completed Training Course for Instructors (IMO Model Course 6.09) and;

  • completed Training Course on Assessment, Examination and Certification of Seafarers (IMO Model Course 3.12);

 

Lastly, an OIC is also qualified for that position provided that he meets the criteria listed below.

 

d) Officer in Charge of a Watch

  • 36 months of seagoing experience as Officer in Charge of a Watch;

  • 5 years of teaching experience;

  • 3 years of supervisory experience;

  • BSMT or BSMarE degree;

  • Master’s degree preferably related to BSMT/ BSMarE program;

  • completed Training Course for Instructors (IMO Model Course 6.09) and;

  • completed Training Course on Assessment, Examination and Certification of Seafarers (IMO Model Course 3.12);

 

Note that these qualifications may vary in every maritime university. If you are an active mariner, the seagoing experience won’t be a problem.

A seafarer eyeing such a career on shore should make a good use of his vacation. You may want to consider having a teaching load in a university especially if you opt for a longer vacation.

Another thing to do is taking a master’s degree in BSMT/ BSMarE and accomplishing IMO Model Courses 6.09 and 3.12.

Though the salary is lower compared to how much you earn while working on board, there are still advantages and fulfillment in working on shore.

 

May the winds be in your favor.

 

 

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