Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2006


Dragan Milosevic

Course Title

Capstone Project

Course Number

EMGT 589


Career exploration -- Decision making -- Methodology, Marine engineering as a career, United States. Coast Guard


The Coast Guard (CG) officer history involves primarily a focus of on-the-job training once an officer has been assigned to an afloat unit for their initial assignment. The type of training received is primarily driven by the mentoring of the unit department head. In the Naval Engineering (NE) field, first-tour officers are principally trained by the Engineer Officer who is the Engineering Department Head. United States Coast Guard (USCG) headquarter leadership allows discretion in the training of officers at the unit level and, as a result, no consistent method is practiced to train junior officers, other than at generalized CG accession points. The purpose of this study is to examine the development of CG officers within the NE field with the intent to identify critical issues and propose specific alternatives for the improvement of the career field. The study was accomplished by arrangement with Dr. Dragan Milosevic as supervising professor of the capstone project requirement for a Master’s of Science in Engineering Management at Portland State University.


This project is only available to students, staff, and faculty of Portland State University

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