Marine engineers serve the maritime and offshore industries and their suppliers. They are concerned with the study and advancement of shipbuilding, naval architecture, and the application of the latest scientific discoveries to those areas. Marine engineering includes everything having to do with researching, designing, building, and maintenance of boats, ships, submarines, hydrofoils, as well as offshore and ocean bottom structures. They are trained in such branches of engineering as hydraulics, materials, and electronics.
Your degree in marine engineering can lead to adventurous and high paying jobs at sea, in addition to the many land-based engineering jobs. Modern sea-going vessels depend upon their marine engineers to oversee all the mechanical and electronic instruments, the engines, the power sources, and all the complex operational machinery that keeps a large ship afloat and moving. Marine engineers also work on floating oil rigs and on scientific platforms that are built, sometimes miles off the land.
A study of marine engineering can also lead to a career in the military. Military marine engineers are responsible for the operation and maintenance of the bulk of the ship, encompassing hull and structure, main engines, power generation, heating, lighting, ventilation, water and fuel systems. Naval engineers usually provide 24 hour monitoring of all functional systems on board their vessels. They also are in charge of fire fighting and damage control in battle situations.
Degree programs in marine engineering cover the principles of maritime design and ship power plants as well as design issues that affect offshore structures. Some of the topics include strength and seaworthiness of various designs and materials, as well as corrosion, metal fatigue, and a general history of ship building.
Publish date: February 10, 2011