University of Alaska Southeast

Course Description

Radar Observer - 40 hours

Code and NumberMTR - 250

Students must be proficient in reading and writing in the English Language.

Students are expected to view online lessons prior to attending class.  Instructions for logging into the UAS system to review these materials can be found by clicking here.


This 40-hour course is U.S. Coast Guard approved and students receive training in basic radar theory. Topics include navigation and collision avoidance. Emphasis is placed on plotting techniques using a state-of-the-art radar simulator.  This course meets requirements for uninspected tow vessels greater than 26 feet.

This course is generally given once in the fall and once in the spring.  Special classes can be arranged if minimum enrollment is met. Call contacting Ketchikan Maritime Center at 907-228-4568 for more info.


Coast Guard Licensing

Complete information regarding licensing can be found at  You can also contact the USCG National Maritime Center Help Desk at 1-888-427-5662.  Personnel there are very helpful and happy to answer your licensing questions.  Other useful phone numbers are below.

 UAS Ketchikan Marine Transportation Office: 907.228.4568

Ketchikan USCG Marine Safety Office: 907.225.4496

Juneau USCG Regional Exam Center: 907.463.2458

Nationwide Exam Centers Contact Information: Click Here