Onboard the Marine Technology Program at CFCC
MarineTechnology prepares students for employment as technicians in the marine scientific community through classroom participation and practical application. Training in a wide range of shipboard observational and measurement techniques is accomplished aboard various research vessels including CFCC's own vessel, the R/V Dan Moore, a 85-ft. fisheries research vessel formerly operated by the State of North Carolina Division of Commercial and Sports Fisheries. All students spend a minimum of 30 days at sea during their two years in the program.
Additional periods are spent off campus conducting marine projects relating to the estuaries, bays, and marshes of the area. The program is approved by the department of community colleges to conduct cooperative education programs with sponsoring marine agences. Credits are often transferable to four year institutions offering related degrees. In addition to the Dan Moore, the school also operates a variety of small craft and has its own dock, chemical and biological laboratories, net loft, fishing gear shop, electrical lab, welding shop, woodworking shop, and oceanographic equipment repair and calibration facility.