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Marine Engineering


The Engineering Majors provide midshipmen with the education and training to design, build, operate, maintain and repair the engineering systems used on modern marine vessels and to prepare them for positions of increasing responsibility in the maritime and intermodal transportation industries.

The Engineering Majors also provide midshipmen with a sound, broad-based engineering education while simultaneously preparing them for an unrestricted license as a third assistant engineer of steam and motor vessels.

The Academy offers three engineering majors:

  • Marine Engineering
  • Marine Engineering Systems
  • Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management.

The synergistic combination of classical engineering studies and operations-oriented training and experience offers graduates an unbeatable amalgamation of skills that prepare them for a broad range of professional occupations. The special nature of the Academy makes the engineering graduates well suited for professions in the maritime industry as well as in related fields such as power generation and intermodal transportation.

About the Program

The Marine Engineering program prepares midshipmen to serve as licensed officers in the U.S. Merchant Marine and to provide them with an engineering education that prepares them for a wide variety of professional positions including the career fields of ship construction, operation, marketing, maintenance, repair and survey.

The program focuses on the operational and applied aspects of the marine engineering profession. It allows midshipmen the opportunity to choose elective courses in order to tailor the program of study to meet their individual professional goals.

Graduates of the Marine Engineering program are exceptionally well suited for employment at sea as engineering officers, as well as ashore in the applied phases of the engineering spectrum such as power generation and technical marketing.


Fourth Class Year

  • Introduction to Marine Engineering I ECME101
  • Introduction to Electrical Engineering ECEE100
  • Introduction to Marine Engineering II ECME105
  • Introduction to Nautical Science NAUT101
  • Engineering Shop I ECMT111
  • Engineering Shop II ECMT112
  • Calculus 1 MATH101
  • Engineering Graphics ECMT100>
  • Statics ECES100
  • General Chemistry CHEM100
  • Basic Firefighting and Safety NAUT110
  • Physics 2 PHYS120
  • Composition & Literature LITR101
  • Calculus 2 MATH120
  • History of Sea Power HIST100
  • Basic Swimming PE&A110
  • Physics 1 PHYS110
  • Technical & Professional Communications LITR220
  • Social Responsibility CMDT100
  • First Aid PE&A120
  • Aquatic Survival PE&A130
  • Self Defense Tactics PE&A125
  • Introduction to Naval Science NASC100
  • Principles of Leadership BUSN101

Second and Third Class Years

  • Thermodynamics ECES201
  • Electric Circuits ECEE200
  • Dynamics ECES210
  • Introduction to Materials Engineering ECES220
  • Safety of Life at Sea WTRF100
  • Introduction to Materials Engineering Laboratory ECES221
  • Differential Equations 1 MATH220
  • Fluid Mechanics ECES230
  • Literature LITR201
  • Probability & Statistics MATH210
  • Strategic Sealift NASC200
  • Chemistry for Marine Engineers CHEM200
  • Medical Care Provider PE&A200
  • Maritime Leadership and Management BUSN201
  • Strength of Materials ECES300
  • Heat Transfer ECES310
  • Electric Machines ECEE300
  • Basic Tanker Operations-Dangerous Liquids ECDL400
  • Principles of Economics BUSN210
  • Naval Leadership & Ethics NASC400

First Class Year

  • Marine Steam Plants and Components ECME400
  • Electronics ECEE400
  • Machine Elements ECES401
  • Marine Steam Plant Simulation ECME410
  • Marine Engineering Management ECEM400
  • Marine Engineering License Seminar ECME460
  • Internal Combustion Engines ECME420
  • Gas Turbines and marine Auxiliary Equipment ECME450
  • Advanced Firefighting NAUT420
  • Marine Refrigeration ECME431
  • Marine Plant Automation and Controls ECME470
  • Naval Science Senior Seminar NASC410
  • Engine Room Resource Management ECME440
  • Naval Architecture for Marine Engineers ECNA401
  • Modern World History HIST410
  • Free Electives (9 credits)

Sea Year

  • Machine Shop Sea Project EPRJ210
  • Main Propulsion 1 Sea Project EPRJ230
  • Shipboard Systems 1 Sea Project EPRJ240
  • Deck Operations NPRJ245
  • Maintenance Management EPRJ310
  • Naval Arch Sea Project EPRJ320
  • Marine Propulsion 2 Sea Project EPRJ330
  • Refrigeration Sea Project EPRJ335
  • Shipboard Systems II Sea Project EPRJ340
  • Electrical Engineering Sea Project EPRJ345
  • Marine Propulsion 3 Sea Project EPRJ350
  • Maritime Business NPRJ340
  • Humanities Sea Project HPRJ300
  • Internship INSP100
Last updated: Thursday, December 5, 2019

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