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Oceans Technology

Oceans Technology

Gain the knowledge-based skills used to create and apply technology solutions that are unique to ocean environments.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
Advanced Diploma
$5,380 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available


This advanced program prepares you to work in the growing field of ocean technology – a sector comprised of knowledge-based companies, governments and academia that develop, produce and deliver technology products and services.

If you have a background in engineering or science and want to advance your knowledge by learning how it can be applied within ocean and marine environments, this program is for you.

You learn the principles and skills used in the ocean technology industry and its various sub-sectors: defence and security, shipbuilding and marine transportation, ocean science and observation, offshore and coastal energy and aquaculture and fisheries.

You work with applications where electrical, mechanical, electronic and instrumentation technologies intersect with the marine environment. The range of learning activities may include:

  • installing, commissioning and deploying devices in the marine environment (testing, troubleshooting and calibrating electro-mechanical and electronic devices).
  • studying the impact of the physical marine environment (temperature, salinity, bio-fouling issues, currents, pressure, etc.) on telemetry, energy flow, data transmission and device performance.
  • operating devices and understanding the marine/environmental properties being monitored.
  • planning and managing projects and field missions, collect and analyze data and prepare technical reports.
  • receiving basic seamanship skills and the appropriate safety training to work either at sea or in a land-based industrial setting.

Admission requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in a natural science or engineering or a diploma in an engineering technology/technician program (electro-mechanical, environmental engineering, geographic sciences, mechanical, electrical, electronic or industrial instrumentation) or equivalent.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A
  • A current, official Criminal Record check is required to complete work placements (such as field work, internships, co-ops) in this program. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to complete program requirements. Information on this process will be provided at the beginning of your program.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.


  • The Oceans Technology program includes a mandatory internship at the end of the program, which students are responsible to secure.
  • Opportunities are paid and last approximately 14 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other cost related to internships are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Career options

  • Nova Scotia is home to many companies and organizations that have established themselves as world leaders in ocean technology. These companies are primarily involved in engineering, technology, professional services, manufacturing, environmental monitoring and maintenance, as it relates to products and services that are unique to the ocean environment.
  • You obtain a skill set that is in demand around the world and prepares you to work in a growing sector. In Nova Scotia, the ocean technology sector employs 14% of the province's workforce.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Choose NSCC

  • You get hands-on training. You study the theoretical concepts in class and then put the theory into action within the lab and industry environment. When you graduate, you have experience in real-life oceans technology settings.
  • The program is designed with the input of industry leaders to ensure you get current and relevant skills. You learn the latest practices and technologies that employers require.

Other info

  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
MARI 7129   Small Vessel Operator Proficiency
OTAD 5000   Seamanship and Marine Safety
OTAD 5001   Introduction to Oceanography
OTAD 5006   Oceans Technology Project I
OTAD 5007   Sampling Systems and Methods
OTAD 5008   Navigation and Positioning
OTAD 5009   Oceans Technology Project II
OTAD 5011   Remote and Autonomous Vehicles
OTAD 5013   Oceans Technology Internship
OTAD 5017   Underwater Photography I
OTAD 5018   Underwater Photography II
OTAD 5022   Marine Electro-Mechanical Systems I
OTAD 5023   Marine Acoustics and Spatial Data
OTAD 5024   Marine Electro-Mechanical Systems II
OTAD 5040   Industry Seminar and Field Camp
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1025   Certified Fall Arrest and Protection

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