For over 100 years, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. As a member of the cadet corps you will live, study, sail, work and play in an atmosphere that encourages you to be your best.
Cooperative Education Employer Handbook
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Career & Professional Services
The Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) Cooperative Education (co-op) program provides employers with highly motivated and intelligent young men and women to work between terms of academic study. Co-op is a partnership between schools, employers, and students and is available for students in the following fields:
- Emergency Management (EM)
- Energy Systems Engineering (ESE)
- Marine Science, Safety & Environmental Protection (MSSEP)
- Facilities Engineering (FENG)
- International Maritime Business (IMB)
These programs were derived from the traditional licensed programs Marine Engineering (MENG) and Marine Transportation (MTRA) that also thrive at the Academy.
Our program integrate classroom study with planned and supervised work experiences producing students with a well-balanced background of theory, operational experience, and managerial ability.
As a co-op employer, you would benefit by employing co-op students in several ways, including improving staff efficiency and lowering recruiting costs by pre-screening and training potential full-time employees. Many employers also utilize co-op students for specific project work that cannot get done by regular employees. Students bring fresh ideas and recent classroom knowledge to job sites.
Co-op employers compensate co-op students with a fair wage. Some nonprofit organizations provide a stipend. Students are responsible for the tuition for co-op credit. Our co-op program runs during the winter and summer sessions. Please check website for specific dates under Career Services.
Employment opportunities can be posted directly to the Career & Professional Services Job Shopper webpage by employers. Create a Job post. We can also send job announcements directly to students via email.
Career Fairs held on campus in April and October, give employers and students an opportunity to learn more about each other. Employers showcase their companies to students, and students make an impression in person. We hope you consider the Career Fairs part of your recruiting effort.
Career Services coordinates employer presentations and interviews on campus throughout the year for all majors. This is an opportunity for students to hear about your company. You can interview seniors for job opening or co-op candidates.
Employers, students, and alumni are encouraged to join the MMA Career & Professional Services site on LinkedIn.
We have an advisory council of employers from various industries who help guide the Academy regarding co-op, job readiness and placement, training issues and other important topics.
Company and Supervisor Roles
- Provide training similar to that given to new employees to orient the student to the organization.
- Arrange a minimum of work hours in the student's field of study. (240 hours for EM, MSEP, and IMB majors. 280 hours for summer ESE and FENG majors.)
- Offer guidance and supervision during the student's work experience.
- Provide fair compensation (or stipend) to student.
- Complete and submit the electronic form evaluating the student's co-op experience. The form will be sent to employers by e-mail; please confirm your email address as soon as possible. In some cases this is 20% of the student's project grade.
- Work a minimum of 240 (EM, MSEP, IMB) or 280 (ESE, FENG) hours.
- Complete a project related to the co-op experience to earn six credits. Students must complete the project on their own time. Project outlines can be found on maritime.edu/Career Services.
- Keep a daily journal of your work experience.
- Dress professionally and act appropriately.
Description of Majors
The Emergency Management (EM) program includes the concepts of hazard, risk and disaster. The risk management component explores risk assessment, control analysis, strategy, implementation and evaluation. The disaster component explores the different temporal stages in a disaster cycle. EM Graduates are prepared for a profession in the emergency management field. Students must complete two cooperative education experiences.
Assistance with the preparation and revision of emergency management plans, strategic planning for disaster reduction, response to natural and man-made disasters, business continuity, toxicology, crisis communication, port and vessel security, and
The Facilities Engineering (FENG) program focuses on the aspects of mechanical and electrical engineering. Students learn both the theoretical and practical side of engineering. FENG students must complete three cooperative education experiences in order to graduate.
Power generation stations, hospitals, high-rise buildings, and large building complexes such as industrial manufacturing or college campuses. Upon graduation, students often start at junior management positions in facilities departments such as HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning), electrical distribution, or mechanical systems.
Energy Systems Engineering
The new Energy Systems Engineering (ESE) program began in fall 2012 with the class of 2016. This program will prepare graduates for careers in the many varied segments of the fast growing energy industry in positions that provide for the engineering planning, design, and installation of various equipment and systems required for the generation, management and distribution of electrical power. ESE cooperative education experiences are available in the summer only.
The program will prepare graduates for careers in the rapidly growing conventional and alternative energy industries, including but not limited to positions in project design, planning, procurement, installation, testing, power distribution, and control.
Marine Science, Safety & Environmental Protection
The Marine Science, Safety & Environmental Protection (MSSEP) program prepares students for a wide range of government, non-profit and private sector careers in the fields of marine and industrial health and safety, environmental protection and environmental management. Concentrations are available in Marine Biology and Emergency Management. The program includes a breadth of practical coursework and experience. Students must complete two cooperative education experiences.
Environmental protection, health and safety, social responsibility and stewardship, causes/effects, and potential solutions to environmental challenges. Career opportunities include: climate change, diminishing natural resources, environmental degradation, increasing demands for energy, economic development in developing countries, and safety officers (at sea and ashore).
International Maritime Business
The International Maritime Business (IMB) program prepares graduates to be well-versed in the foundations of general business with a special focus on the maritime industry for rewarding careers in the fields of management, logistics and transportation.
Ship chartering/brokerage, LNG and oil commodities trading, finance, insurance, ship operations, ship agents, import/export, logistics, sales, traffic management, admiralty law, yacht management, equipment manufacturing, port terminal operations, personnel administration, international commodity trading, banking, shipping market analysis, and communications.