Maritime Training & Education  

Seward is a working port and a learning port. Whatever aspect of marine life you’re interested in, our community of teachers and experts are available to teach. 


Alaska's most valuable learning resource is Alaska Vocational Technical Center (AVTEC), home to the Alaska Maritime Training Center, (AMTC) a United States Coast Guard-approved training facility offering USCG/STCW compliant maritime training. 

AVTEC is operated by the State of Alaska as a Division of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

There are a variety of courses and focuses including: 

  • STCW Basic Training
  • Firefighting, Rescue & First Aid
  • Safety & Management
  • Able Seaman
  • QMED - Junior Engineer
  • Marine Vessel Repair and Maintenance
  • Operation of Uninspected Passenger Vessels
  • Master 100 Tons / Mate 200 Tons
Kongsberg™ Maritime Simulator
Kongsberg™ Maritime Simulator

AMTC offers three Class A bridge simulators with customizable Kongsberg™ Maritime Simulator software, a state-of-the-art computer-based navigational laboratory, and modern classrooms equipped with the latest instructional delivery technologies to teach courses and deliver training.

Marine Welding
Marine Welding

AVTEC offers hands-on skills training to support employment in the high-demand shore-based vessel repair, maintenance, and ship construction industries, as well as diesel/heavy equipment, plumbing, heating and refrigeration systems, welding, electricity, and information technology.