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Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management



The Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management (MESM) Program:

  • Prepares midshipmen to serve as licensed officers in the U.S. Merchant Marine.
  • Provides an engineering education that prepares them for a wide variety of professional positions in ship construction and repair, ship systems and marine equipment design, research, operations, marketing, maintenance and survey.
  • Imparts to them a solid engineering education that permits them to pursue graduate study and/or become licensed as a Professional Engineer, should they so choose.

This curriculum puts particular focus on the management of ship construction and repair.

Emphasis of Major

The Program Educational Objectives of the Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management program, which are based on the Academy mission and the Marine Engineering Department objectives, are to:
  1. Prepare midshipmen to serve as licensed officers in the U.S. Merchant Marine, with ability to advance to a Chief Engineer position.
  2. Provide midshipmen with an engineering education that prepares them for a responsible position in ship construction, repair and conversion at a shipyard or similar facility, and in ship engineering operations, maintenance and repair in a shipping company.
  3. Provide midshipmen with an engineering education that also prepares them for a wide variety of professional positions in the maritime industry including, but not limited to, marine equipment manufacturing, ship operation, maintenance, surveying and marketing.
  4. Provide midshipmen with an engineering education that permits them to pursue graduate study in Engineering Management and similar subjects and/or become licensed as a Professional Engineer, should they so choose.

The MESM Program’s Student Outcomes that all graduates of the program are expected to have are as follows:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c) an ability to design a system, component , or process to meet desired needs
(d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) an ability to communicate effectively
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
(l) an ability to apply probability and statistical methods to naval architecture and marine engineering problems
(m) a basic knowledge of engineering mechanics and thermodynamics in the context of marine vehicles
(n) a familiarity of instrumentation appropriate to naval architecture and/or marine engineering.

An important element of the Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management program is the design experience interwoven throughout a student’s four years, culminating in the capstone design project in senior year. The student participates as part of a team tasked with developing a ship construction or ship repair project. The project is spread over two terms and finishes with a presentation of the final design to a panel of faculty and invited industry professionals. The Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

MESM Program Annual Enrollment and Graduation data:

Academic Year

Year in MESM Program






Degrees Conferred






































        30         30       17        77          17
  2015-16         43         28       30       101


  2016-17         40         37       28       105


2017-18 55 30 34 119


*  Most recent data; subject to change
** Not available at this time

  1. All students are Full Time.
  2. Students enter the MESM Program at the beginning of the sophomore year.
  3. Annual enrollment numbers apply at the start of each Academic year.


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

  • Basic Tanker Operations-Dangerous Liquids ECDL400
  • Electric Circuits ECEE200
  • Introduction to Materials Engineering ECES220
  • Dynamics ECES210
  • Introduction to Materials Engineering Laboratory ECES221
  • Safety of Life at Sea WTRF100
  • Fluid Mechanics ECES230
  • Probability & Statistics MATH210
  • Calculus III MATH300
  • Differential Equations 1 MATH220
  • Operations Research 1 MATH310
  • Strategic Sealift NASC200
  • Chemistry for Marine Engineers CHEM200
  • Medical Care Provider PE&A200
  • Electric Machines ECEE300
  • Engineering Economics EREM300
  • Strength of Materials ECES300
  • Heat Transfer ECES310
  • Operations Research 2 MATH330
  • Maritime Leadership and Management BUSN201

First Class Year

  • Machine Elements ECES401
  • Marine Engineering Management ECEM400
  • Electronics ECEE400
  • Marine Steam Plants and Components ECME400
  • Marine Steam Plant Simulation ECME410
  • Internal Combustion Engines ECME420
  • Marine Refrigeration ECME431
  • Engine Room Resource Management ECME440
  • Gas Turbines and Marine Auxiliary Equipment ECME450
  • Marine Engineering License Seminar ECME460
  • Marine Plant Automation and Controls ECME470
  • Naval Architecture for Marine Engineers ECNA401
  • Modern World History HIST410
  • Literature LITR201
  • Advanced Firefighting NAUT420
  • Principles of Economics BUSN210
  • Naval Leadership & Ethics NASC400
  • Naval Science Senior Seminar NASC410
  • Engineering Project Management 1 EMEM405
  • Engineering Project Management 2 EMEM415
  • Engineering Project Management 3 EMEM425

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: Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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