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 available online).


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 on the Coast Guard National Maritime Center website. 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: