Columbia Pacific Maritime at Southwestern Oregon Community College

This Summer 2023 newsletter from Columbia Pacific Maritime has all the summer news, including both job news and summer class news.

The big news is our partnership with Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) is growing. Firstly, our building is now named Columbia Pacific Maritime. And secondly, the grounds around the building is becoming a training area. Lastly, ColPac is working with the SWOCC Foundation to create a scholarship fund for pay for commercial fisherman and veterans to get their mariner credentials. In short, all of this is to secure the future of Columbia Pacific (ColPac) Maritime as the southwestern Oregon maritime workforce training center.

Columbia Pacific Maritime Job Board

Entry Level Maritime Jobs Class

There are plenty of jobs available in the maritime industry, from inland and seagoing tugs to small cruise ships. Most of these jobs require no training or experience. But they do require a willingness to work and learn.

I asked a Mate on a tug once, “What do you want a beginning level deckhand to know?” The answer was, “I don’t want them to know anything. I just want them to be willing to work and learn.” Meaning, if you see someone pulling on a line, go help. They will teach them everything they need to know. You just need to go to where the work is to learn it.

In summary, get a job on a boat and get paid while you learn. But you need to get a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) with an Ordinary Seaman (OS) rating to get started. Therefore, starting in August ColPac Maritime will be offering an Entry Level Maritime Jobs Class with the outcome of getting the OS rating and a job working on a boat.

Call Dennis or Brian at (503) 841-6066 for more info.

Related Links

Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)

Entry Level (OS) Rating

MMSEAS (a maritime licensing website)

An Email from a ColPac Alumni.

Ahoy Dennis!

This is Tadd Mick. I went to your school about 10 years ago. I have sent alot of future Captains your way and all heave been extremely impressed as was I. 

 I now own Tradewinds Charters in Depoe Bay and I am looking for a Captain to run our 47-foot Grande single screw. It’s a beauty and is one of the last Charter Boats on the Coast. It is a phenomenal opportunity for someone. They will make 50 to 80k to finish out our year which ends the end of October.  Then everyone gets 4 months off as we start back up in March. Over a full year they will make 70 to 120k. It’s a dream job for most as it will only fish for bottom fish and crab with whale watching in the afternoon. Pretty easy for the money as fishing is always good and we have our resident grey whales.

Tadd Mick, Tradewind Charters, Depoe Bay,

Please contact Tadd Mick at 509-941-7092 for info on this job


As always, please call email Dennis if you have any questions.

Business 503-841-6066 / Cell 503-440-9005

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