What is Marine Engineering? Scope And Career Oppurtunities

What is Marine engineering?

Marine engineers are skilled individuals involved in the design, construction, and maintenance of vehicles and structures used on or around water.

Marine engineering technology and techniques are used to create cruise ships, oil platforms, and harbors.

The Marine Engineer was born on the day the French inventor Deni's Papin constructed a steam boat powered by his steam engine in 1704.

Marine Engineering as a career

Want to become a Marine Engineer? 

Those interested in pursuing a career in marine engineering must complete a significant amount of education in science, technology, and engineering.

  • A pass in Plus Two with a 60% aggregate in Physics, Chemistry, and Maths.
  • Good marks (usually 50%) in English.
  • A bachelor's degree in marine engineering is the minimum requirement for career entry, and graduate programs in this field are also available. 
  • Bachelor's degree programs in marine engineering introduce students to basic concepts of marine propulsion, fluid dynamics, and ship design.
  • Master's and doctoral programs in the field cover advanced topics in materials science, managing engineering projects, and electrical power systems.
  • Eligibility Criteria:
  • As working at sea can sometimes be strenuous, candidates for marine training colleges must meet certain physical standards, which are determined by the Merchange Shipping Medical Examination Rules. 
  • No younger than 17 and no older than 25, with 5 years of relaxation for candidates from Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes.
  • Good eyesight with no color blindness or impaired field of vision.
  • No impairment in hearing.
  • The weight of no less than 42 kilograms and height of at least 150 centimeters.
  • Good dental health.
  • Mentally stable and in good psychological condition.
  • Be otherwise in good health as determined by a medical examination.
  • Other requirements:
  • There are no gender restrictions for marine engineering training.
  • Candidates should be unmarried by the time of commencement.
  • Indian citizenship, though a few foreign candidates may receive special permission from the Ministry of Shipping.
  •  What are the duties of a Marine engineers?

    Some marine engineers also work onboard ships to maintain these systems; these workers are sometimes called ship engineers. Marine engineers are responsible for designing onboard systems such as Steering or control systems. Propulsion systems (gas turbine, diesel engine, or nuclear reactor)

What Does a Marine Engineer Do?

Marine engineers design the vessels that we use to navigate and explore the world's lakes and oceans. Marine engineers' work supports key activities like naval defense, environmental research, international trade, and resource extraction.

What are the skills required to be a Marine Engineer?

  • Aspiring marine engineers, like all engineers, should have a strong aptitude for math and physics, and the ability to think both independently and work collaboratively.
  • They should also have the patience for work that undergoes rounds of changes and takes years to complete.

Where can marine engineers find employment?

Marine engineers can also find employment with government agencies, transportation companies, and scientific services.

List of Marine Engineering Courses:

  • Diploma in Marine Engineering
  • B.E / B.Tech in Marine Engineering
  • M.E / M.Tech in Marine Engineering
  • M.Sc in Marine Geology

List of colleges which offer Marine Engineering?

  • International Marine Communication Centre.
  • Cochin University.
  • Marine Engineering and Research Institute, Kolkata.
  • Marine Engineering and Research Institute, Chennai.
  • Marine Engineering and Research Institute, Mumbai.
  • Indian Maritime University.
  • Mangalore University.
  • Tolani Maritime Institute (TMI), Pune.
  • Vels Academy of Maritime Studies, Chennai.
  • Maharashtra Academy of Naval Education & Training (MANET), Pune.
  • Mohamed Sathak Engineering College (MSEC), Kilakarai, Ramnad District, Tamil Nadu.
  • College Of Engineering (Andhra University), Visakhapatnam.
  • Chennai School of Ship Management (CSSM), Tamil Nadu.
  • Marine Engineering and Research Institute (MERI), Kolkata. 

List of entrance examinations for Marine Engineering:

  • MERI: Marine Engineering and Research Institute Entrance Examination
  • IMU CET: Indian Maritime University Common Entrance Test
  • JEE Advanced: Joint Entrance Examination
  • GATE: Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering
  • CAT

Want to study marine engineering in abroad?

Here, are the top 10 institutions:

  • South Tyneside College, England.
  • Webb Institute, New York.
  • Maine Maritime Academy, USA
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy, United States.
  • California Maritime Academy, Unites States
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy. The United States.
  • The United States Coast Guard Academy, United States.
  • University of Michigan, United States.
  • Australian Maritime College, Australia.
  • Japan Coast Guard, Japan.Pay Scale:

Salary Ranges by Rank

These are the average salary ranges by rank. These figures are payment per month:

1. Fifth Engineer or Engineering Cadet: Rs 35 to 75 thousand; or 300 to 1200 USD
2. Fourth Engineer: Rs 1.5 to 2.25 lacs; or 2000 to 4000 USD
3. Third Engineer: Rs 2.75- 3.5 lacs; or 4000 to 5900 USD
4. Second Engineer: Rs 4 to 5 lacs; or 7500 to 9500 USD
5. Chief Engineer: Rs 5 lacs and above; or 10,000 USD and above

Who can take up marine engineering as a career option?

  • Marine engineers have various job responsibilities in the industries like shipping, ship manufacturing, steel industry, power sector, the manufacturing sector, consultancy firm. 
  • They design, construct and develop nautical equipment.
  • After completing Marine Engineering courses candidates can option for lucrative career options in public and private shipping companies, engine production firms, ship building and designing firms, navy, research bodies. 
  • After graduating as a marine engineer, one can get a job on a ship as a third assistant engineer or fourth engineer. 
  • They can also get employed in different foreign and Indian shipping companies.

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