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Dynamic Positioning at Texas A&M University Galveston Campus    

January 31, 2019

By The Texas A&M University System

Originally posted on The Texas A&M University System videos page.

Did you know that cadets from the Texas A&M Maritime Academy at Texas A&M University Galveston Campus go on to become among the highest paid graduates from any Texas college or university? It is not unusual for young graduates to take six-figure jobs right out of school, especially when oil prices are high and there is a lot of exploration in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp recently visited the campus to talk about a new certification program that students are scrambling to get into. They are learning all about something called “dynamic positioning,” which uses computers and data to maintain the position and heading of ships or semi-submersible drilling platforms.


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Texas A&M University at Galveston is an ocean-oriented branch campus of Texas A&M University which educates nearly 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students in a unique blend of marine and maritime programs, including majors in science, business, engineering, liberal arts, and transportation. It is driving the development of the blue economy in the Gulf Coast Region and is a critical contributor to Texas A&M’s sea-grant portion of Texas A&M’s rare land-, sea-, space-grant mission with nearly $10 million in research expenditures.
Texas A&M-Galveston is also home to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, one of seven in the U.S. and the only academy integrated into a Tier 1 academic institution, which trains over 400 cadets annually for maritime service and employment around the world. Texas A&M-Galveston is ideally located in Galveston, Texas on the Gulf Coast where is it surrounded by the industry, environment and programs essential to fulfilling its special-purpose mission. Aggies are known for their deep commitment to the success of each other and their strong desire to serve.

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