Educator Resources

The SMART Center has created many resources that educators can use to provide students with information about the maritime industry and careers.


Maritime Education Pathways


Maritime Career Pathway

Dual Enrollment Pathway

Military to Maritime Pathway

Maritime Welding Pathway

Fast Track Your Maritime Career Pathway

 2+2+2 Port Operations and Logistics Pathway

2+2+2 Shipbuilding and Repair Pathway

2+2+2 Vessel Operations Pathway


Maritime Careers 


 Maritime Sectors and Careers

Education Pays in Maritime


Maritime Credentials


Port Operations and Logistics Credentials

Shipbuilding and Repair Credentials


Maritime Lesson Plans


How Much?! Making a Living with a Maritime Career (High School) - Module

Vessel Operations: Learn & Do! (High School) - Module

Maritime Life Board Game (High School) - Lesson Plan      Board Game

Maritime Occupation Exploration (High School) - Module

Discovering SMART Maritime Careers Game (Middle School) - Module

Discovering SMART Maritime Careers Game (Middle School) - PowerPoint Handout

SMART Center Portside Intermodal Robotics Project (High School) - Module

The Future of Maritime Engineering and Logistics: Automated Shipping Cranes (High School) - Module: Research Paper and Experiment

SMART Girls STEaM Ahead! Career Exploration Unit for Girls (High School) - Module

SMART Girls STEaM Ahead! Career Exploration Unit for Girls (High School) - PowerPoint PDF Handout

Get SMART About Your Career - Career Exploration Unit (High School) - Module

Get SMART About Your Career - Career Exploration Unit (High School) - PowerPoint PDF Handout

Maritime Industry Pathway Exploration Project

Maritime and Transportation Industry Webquest

Simple Machines Webquest

Maritime Careers Presentation

Maritime Industry Employment Webquest Activity

SMART Freight Forwarding Peer Evaluation Rubric, SMART Freight Forwarding Project Template, SMART Freight Forwarding Template



Want to start a maritime student competition at your school?

Download a copy of the SMART Maritime

Intermodel Port and Logistics Robotics

Competition Implementation Manual





Click here to download and print the Maritime Glossary 2019.


Teacher Guide for Apprenticeship Week Activities


Registered apprenticeship is a centuries-old model of workforce development proven to increase productivity, lower turnover and provide workers with solid entry into middle-skill careers that offer tremendous long-term opportunities for advancement and credential attainment. Following are materials to assist educators in creating effective pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs and pathways:

Resources and pre-apprenticeship curriculum, available here, designed by the "Western Resources Center for Women in Apprenticeship." Includes instructor guides and presentations, student learning materials, tests and assessment materials.

Logistics and Transportation Career Pathway Development Materials
With 76% of all goods in the U.S. coming by way of marine transportation, technicians are critically needed by port-related logistics and transportation employers. Following are materials to assist educators and employers create effective career pathways for students to enter into port operations, logistics and associated transportation, distribution and logistics employer opportunities:

Maritime and Transportation Industry Core Competencies
The SMART Center commissioned a focus group study in 2010 working with industry professionals and educators to identify the core competencies necessary for technician-level professions in the shipbuilding and ship repair segment of the maritime and transportation industry. The product can be used to create industry-relevant curriculum, modules, and outreach materials for middle school, high school, and 2- and 4-year college programs.

Professional Development ( website links technician educators with National Science Foundation supported, state-of-the-art, faculty development in advanced & emerging technologies, teaching methods, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Maritime Academies
The national maritime academies are four year institutions that provide students with a Bachelor of Science degree along with a license as Third Mate or Third Assistant Engineer.

Government Agencies and Associations