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Marine Engineering Systems Major

Overview

The Marine Engineering Systems (MES) Program:

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

This program incorporates a Capstone Design Project that focuses on the design of marine power plants and their associated systems.

Emphasis of Major

The present MES Program Educational Objectives are to provide young men and women with the professional education and training that will prepare them to:

  1. Serve as a licensed engineering officer in the United States Merchant Marine, with the ability to advance to Chief Engineer position.
  2. Serve in a variety of professional engineering positions in the maritime-related shore side industry, with the capability to rise to senior positions.
  3. Have particular skills in the analysis and design of marine propulsion, auxiliary and cargo systems and equipment, preparing them to apply these skills to a variety of marine applications.
  4. Pursue graduate study in engineering and/or become licensed as a Professional Engineer, should they so choose.

The MES 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 Systems 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 design team tasked with developing a specific group of systems that make up a complete power plant design for the project ship.  The project is spread over three terms and finishes with a presentation of the final design to a panel of faculty and invited industry professionals. The Marine Engineering Systems Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

MES Program Annual Enrollment and Graduation data:

Academic Year

Year in MES Program

 

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Total

Degrees Conferred

2008-09

59

47

54

160

54

2009-10

57

50

46

153

46

2010-11

38

53

49

140

49

2011-12

67

40

50

157

50

2012-13

61

63

37

161

37

2013-14

70

55

60

185

60

2014-15

41

 70

52

163

52

2015-16

40

 38

68

146

68

2016-17

42

 37

35

114

35

2017-18

32

38

35

105

35

 

 

 

 

 

 

*  Most recent data; subject to change

** Not available at this time 

Notes:

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

 

Major Curriculum

Fourth Class Year

  • ECME101 - Introduction to Marine Engineering I
  • ECME105 - Introduction to Marine Engineering II
  • NAUT101 - Introduction to Nautical Science
  • NAUT110 - Basic Firefighting and Safety
  • ECMT100 - Engineering Graphics
  • ECMT111 - Engineering Shop I
  • ECMT112 - Engineering Shop II
  • MATH101 - Calculus 1
  • MATH140 - Calculus 2 Engine
  • MATH240 - Introduction to Differential Equations
  • ECES100 - Statics
  • ECEE100 - Introduction to Electrical Engineering
  • CHEM100 - General Chemistry
  • PHYS110 - Physics 1
  • PHYS120 - Physics 2
  • LITR101 - Composition & Literature
  • HIST100 - History of Sea Power
  • WRIT110 - Technical & Professional Communications
  • CMDT100 - Social Responsibility
  • PEA110 - Basic Swimming
  • PEA120 - First Aid
  • PEA125 - Self Defense Tactics
  • PEA130 - Aquatic Survival
  • MLOG120 - VPDSD
  • NASC100 - Introduction to Naval Science
  • BUSN101 - Principles of Leadership

Second and Third Class Years

  • ECEE200 - Electric Circuits
  • ECEE300 - Electric Machines
  • ECES201 - Thermodynamics
  • ECES211 – Dynamics
  • ECES220 - Introduction to Materials Engineering
  • ECES221 - Introduction to Materials Engineering Laboratory
  • ECES230 - Fluid Mechanics
  • ECES300 - Strength of Materials
  • ECES310 - Heat Transfer
  • PHYS230 - Physics 3
  • MATH215 - Probability & Statistics Engineer
  • MATH305 - Calculus III
  • MATH320 - Differential Equations 2
  • NASC200 - Strategic Sealift
  • ECDL400 - Basic Tanker Operations-Dangerous Liquids
  • CHEM210 - Selected Topics in Chemistry for Marine Engineers
  • PEA200 - Medical Care Provider
  • BUSN210 - Principles of Economics
  • COMP105 - Computer Programming
  • WTRF100 - Safety of Life at Sea
  • HIST200 - Regional Studies
  • HIST300 - Seminar in US History since 1945
  • LITR201 - Literature

First Class Year

  • ECES402 - Machine Elements
  • ECEM400 - Marine Engineering Management
  • ECEE600 - Electronics
  • ECME400 - Marine Steam Plants and Components
  • ECME410 - Marine Steam Plant Simulation
  • ECME420 - Internal Combustion Engines
  • ECME431 - Marine Refrigeration
  • ECME440 - Engine Room Resource Management
  • ECME450 - Gas Turbines and Marine Auxiliary Equipment
  • ECME460 - Marine Engineering License Seminar
  • ECME470 - Marine Plant Automation and Controls
  • ECNA401 - Naval Architecture for Marine Engineers
  • HIST400 - Seminar in National Security and Strategy
  • NAUT420 - Advanced Firefighting
  • EREM300 - Engineering Economics
  • NASC400 - Naval Leadership & Ethics
  • NASC410 - Naval Science Senior Seminar
  • ESME400 - Capstone 1
  • ESME410 - Capstone 2
  • ESME420 - Capstone 3
  • EEXXXXX - Engineering Elective

Sea Year Courses

  • EPRJ210 - Machine Shop Sea Year Course
  • EPRJ230 - Main Propulsion 1 Sea Year Course
  • EPRJ240 - Shipboard Systems 1 Sea Year Course
  • NPRJ245 - Deck Operations
  • EPRJ310 - Maintenance Management
  • EPRJ320 - Naval Arch Sea Year Course
  • EPRJ330 - Marine Propulsion 2 Sea Year Course
  • EPRJ335 - Refrigeration Sea Year Course
  • EPRJ340 - Shipboard Systems II Sea Year Course
  • EPRJ345 - Electrical Engineering Sea Year Course
  • EPRJ350 - Marine Propulsion 3 Sea Year Course
  • NPRJ340 - Maritime Business
  • HPRJ300 - Humanities Sea Year Course
  • INSP100 - Internship
Last updated: Wednesday, January 11, 2023

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