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Marine Engineering Systems


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






Degrees Conferred






































41 705216352


40 386814668
2016-1742 3735114




*  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

  • 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

  • Electric Circuits EE300
  • Basic Tanker Operations-Dangerous Liquids ECDL400
  • Electric Circuits ECEE200
  • Thermodynamics ECES201
  • Introduction to Materials Engineering ECES220
  • Dynamics ECES210
  • Introduction to Materials Engineering Laboratory ECES221
  • Safety of Life at Sea WTRF100
  • Fluid Mechanics ECES230
  • Physics 3 PHYS230
  • Probability & Statistics MATH210
  • Differential Equations 1 MATH220
  • Calculus III MATH300
  • Strategic Sealift NASC200
  • Chemistry for Marine Engineers CHEM200
  • Medical Care Provider PE&A200
  • Electric Machines ECEE300
  • Strength of Materials ECES300
  • Heat Transfer ECES310
  • Differential Equations 2 MATH320
  • Principles of Economics BUSN210
  • 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
  • Engineering Economics EREM300
  • Naval Leadership & Ethics NASC400
  • Naval Science Senior Seminar NASC410
  • Capstone 1 ESME400
  • Capstone 2 ESME410
  • Capstone 3 ESME420
  • Engineering Elective EEXXXXX

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: Friday, August 31, 2018

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