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Electrical Engineering Careers

Electrical Engineering (EE) graduates are well prepared to address U.S. Coast Guard engineering challenges, specifically in the areas of Command, Control, Computers, Communications, and Information Technology (C4&IT). Recent EE graduates are engaging in a variety of duties across the entire spectrum of Coast Guard missions, including:

  • Disrupting transnational criminal networks
  • Training DoD and USCG cyber mission forces
  • Directing surface and air assets to carry out law enforcement operations
  • Managing the architecture, design, engineering and lifecycle for the Coast Guard’s computer infrastructure
  • Reviewing cutting-edge electric power system and control system designs for vessels
  • Delivering support to C4 and IT systems for Coast Guard units
  • Using advanced ship technology to accomplish Coast Guard missions

Equipped with a deep knowledge of the field and a highly desirable skill set, Electrical Engineering graduates go on to great success in a variety of careers – both within the Coast Guard and, after in private industry.

Graduate Studies

Many EE majors go on to pursue graduate degrees through the Coast Guard. Recent graduates have attended some of the nation’s most prestigious graduate schools, including:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Northeastern University
  • Oregon State University
  • Penn State University
  • Purdue University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Stanford University
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Florida
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Texas
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Virginia Tech
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Sponsor Family Application

Thank you for submitting your application to be part of the Sponsor Family Program. Your application will be processed in the upcoming week. Coast Guard Academy’s policy on background screening now requires all adults (everyone 18 and older living in the home) who volunteer to mentor, teach, coach or sponsor cadets, whether on or off Coast Guard Academy grounds, to be screened every 5 years. They are required to provide personal information (name, birth date and social security number) for the purpose of conducting a criminal background check.

The Security Officer at the Coast Guard Academy, CWO2 Gina Polkowski, is overseeing this process. Her email is: Gina.M.Polkowski@uscg.mil.

Sponsor Family designations fall into several different categories. Below are the guidelines to help you determine how best to meet the background screening requirement:

  1. If you are Coast Guard active duty you do not need to apply for an additional Background Check. You will be vetted through the Coast Guard system by CWO2 Polkowski.
  2. If you are a Civilian working for the Coast Guard you do not need to apply for an additional Background Check. You will be vetted through the Coast Guard system by CWO2 Polkowski.
  3. If you are non-Coast Guard Active Duty, you are required to provide proof of your current security clearance or National Agency Check that is to be emailed by your Command Security Officer (CSO)/ Security Office to CWO2 Polkowski at  Gina.M.Polkowski@uscg.mil.
  4. If you are non-Coast Guard civilian who has a current security clearance or National Agency check, you are required to provide proof of your current security clearance or National Agency Check that is to be emailed by your Command Security Officer (CSO)/ Security Office to CWO2 Polkowski at  Gina.M.Polkowski@uscg.mil.
  5. All civilians in the families who are 18 years or older and do not have a security clearance or a National Agency Check are required to be vetted through Mind Your Business, the third party vendor hired by the Coast Guard Academy for the vetting process.

After you complete your application, please e-mail the Sponsor Family Program Coordinator at CadetFamilySponsorProgram@uscga.edu. In your e-mail, you must include the e-mail address and phone number of every adult living in the home. The Sponsor Family Coordinator will then initiate the background check process and you will receive an email with further instructions.

Important things to note:

There is a Sponsor Family Training that is a one-hour training which we ask sponsors to attend once every four years. This training is designed to give you an overview of the program, what is expected of you as a sponsor, and what you can expect from your cadets. This training will also help familiarize you with the cadet regulations onboard CGA. You will be notified via e-mail once the training is scheduled.

The matching process of swabs to families will occur during July and August. Please bear with us and remain flexible through this process. There will be a meet and greet scheduled on Campus, typically in late August. This will give families an opportunity to formally meet their cadet if they have not already done so. Details on this will also be via email.

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