Sea Aggies from the Texas A&M Maritime Academy at Texas A&M University at Galveston are filling ups classes in dynamic positioning to learn everything they need to know to work in high-paying jobs offshore. Dynamic Positioning, or DP, as it is more commonly called, refers to a computer-controlled system that automatically maintains the position and heading of ships or semi-submersible drilling platforms.
Texas A&M University at Galveston is home to the first maritime academy in the nation to be accredited by the Offshore Service Vessel Dynamic Positioning Authority, or OSVDPA, to provide DP courses.
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Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp said a dynamic positioning certificate from the Texas A&M Maritime Academy allows graduates to make some of the highest salaries of anyone graduating from any of Texas’ colleges and universities, especially when oil prices are high.
“Dynamic positioning classwork can help students get some of the most lucrative careers in the already high-paying maritime industry,” said Chancellor Sharp, who oversees 11 universities and seven state agencies within The Texas A&M University System.
Captain Kate Fossati, an assistant marine transportation professor at the Texas A&M Maritime Academy and head of the DP certification course at the Galveston campus, said simpler, five-day DP courses are available elsewhere. But she added that graduates of the shorter course do not get nearly the experience as the cadets who graduate from the Texas A&M Maritime Academy’s 14-week course.
“They are going to learn more and feel more comfortable on a DP vessel coming through a 14-week program,” she said.
Cadet Daniel Rodriguez, a U.S. Navy veteran and student at the Galveston campus, said the Texas A&M certification course has given him much of the confidence and experience he needs to work offshore.
“I couldn’t imagine learning this much in five days,” he said.
DP-equipped vessels have computers that read data from a variety of sensors to control ships’ propellers and thrusters to keep the vessels in position. Vessels with dynamic positioning include: offshore supply ships, drill ships, semi-submersibles, turbine installation vessels, cruise ships, cable layers, dredges, military vessels, heavy lift vessels, dive support vessels and wind farm servicing ships.
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