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Marine Engineering Systems


The Marine Engineering Systems (MES) Program:

  • Prepares midshipmen 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 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 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 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).

MES Program Annual Enrollment and Graduation data:

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

  • Maritime Professional Studies KP100
  • Basic Firefighting DN110
  • English 1 HE101
  • History of Seapower HH100
  • General Chemistry MC100
  • Calculus 1, 2 (Engineering) MM101,MM130
  • Physics 1, 2 MP101, MP130
  • Intro to MMNR NS120
  • Engineering Shop 1 EG111
  • Introduction to Electrical Engineering EE120
  • Computer Engineering ES110
  • Introduction to Marine Engineering EM100
  • Engineering Graphics EG100
  • Engineering Mechanics ES105
  • First Aid/Self Defense PE105
  • Swimming/First Aid PE115
  • Aquatic Survival PE120

Second and Third Class Years

  • Electric Circuits EE300
  • Chemistry for Engineers MC300
  • Engineering for Shop 2 EG211
  • English 2 HE202
  • Introduction to Materials Engineering ES200
  • Engineering Math 1 MM230
  • Marine Engineering 1 EM200
  • Naval Architecture EM301
  • MMNR Officer NS220
  • Naval Leadership & Ethics NS402
  • Principles of Economics DB210
  • Ship’s Medicine PE200
  • Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) DN100
  • Strength of Materials ES301
  • Topics in History HC400
  • Transport Processes 1, 2 ES210, ES310
  • Engineering Math 2 MM330
  • One Math/Science Elective
  • Two Physical Education Activities

First Class Year

  • Advanced Firefighting DN410
  • Modern American History HH360
  • Diesel Simulator EM420
  • Electric Machines and Analog Electronics EE400
  • Electronics and Instrumentation EE401
  • Internal Combustion Engines EM415
  • License Seminar EM470
  • Marine Engineering 2 EM402
  • Materials/Mechanical Lab ES305
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning EM410
  • Machine Design 1 ES411
  • Advanced MMNR Officer NS320
  • Management DB230
  • Marine Engineering Systems Design EM480
  • Three (3) Marine Engineering Systems Option Electives
  • Two (2) Physical Education Activities

Sea Year

  • Marine Propulsion 1 EC111
  • Ship Systems 1 EC115
  • Machine Shop EC110
  • Deck Operations DS210
  • Marine Propulsion 2 EC260
  • Electrical Systems
  • Naval Architecture EC264
  • Refrigeration EC265
  • Ship Systems Maintenance Management EC253
  • Ship Systems 2 EC262
  • Maritime Business DS390
  • Electrical Engineering EC252
  • Humanities Sea Project HS211
  • Internship Report STINX

Minor Curriculum

The Marine Engineering Systems program allows a midshipman to choose from a group of specialty option courses, which address the sub-specialties of marine engineering. The availability of specific option tracks will depend on midshipman interest and resources. The option course groups that may be offered include:

Nuclear Engineering

  • Atomic Physics (Math/Science Elective) MP325
  • Advanced Thermal Science ES401
  • Introduction to Nuclear Science and Engineering ES420
  • Nuclear Engineering ES421

Offshore Engineering

  • Introduction to Oceanography MC370
  • Ocean Engineering EM455
  • Offshore Power Systems EM451
  • Offshore Oil Drilling and Production EM452

Electrical Engineering

  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics MM360
  • Power Electronics EE403
  • Power System Design and Analysis EE404
  • Automation & Control Systems EE402

An important element in the Marine Engineering Systems program is the design experience that is interwoven throughout four years, culminating in a major design project in senior year. The student participates as part of a team tasked with the design of a ship power plant. The project is spread over two terms and concludes with the 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 ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Updated: Thursday, March 6, 2014
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