Marine Engineering: Course, Scope, Career & Colleges

By Avinash Kumar|Updated : May 19th, 2019

Marine engineering deals with design, development, operation and maintenance of ship functions that include steering, anchoring, cargo handling, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, etc. The creation and maintenance of ports and harbour infrastructure also come under this. Let's try to understand what all goes around in this stream of engineering.

Course Structure and Areas of expertise

The various areas included in this field are:

  1. Marine Electronics
  2. Marine Management
  3. Thermodynamics & Heat Engines
  4. Marine hydraulics and fluid mechanics
  5. Naval architecture
  6. Nautical Science

Specialized fields were Marine engineering plays a major role are:

  1. Maritime commerce
  2. Marine refrigeration
  3. Command and control systems
  4. Maritime weapons
  5. Navigation systems
  6. Autonomous underwater systems
  7. Maritime renewable energy research
  8. Offshore extraction infrastructure (cable laying)
  9. Information and communication systems

Marine Engineering: Career & Scope

Considering that most of the world's trade happens along sea routes, the Maritime industry is one of the busiest and economically most important industry. And so is the role of a marine engineer. On successful completion of the course, a marine engineer can join merchant navy and rise up to be the chief engineer on deck (kind of like McCoy on Star Trek), after gaining sufficient experience and clearing the required exams. Not only does one get to travel around the world, one also gets paid handsomely to do it. There are several on-shore industries as well, which are open to marine engineering depending on their specialization like: IT, Electronics, Research, Hospitality, Education and training.

A marine engineer can opt for different types of vessels, depending upon his/her background training and expertise, which can be categorized to:

  1. Foreign going dry vessels
  2. Foreign going tanker vessels (oil, gas, chemical etc)
  3. Coastal trading dry and tanker ships
  4. Passenger's vessels
  5. Dynamic position vessels
  6. Offshore platforms and ships
  7. Port assisting boats and ship (Tugs, barges etc)

One can also join the armed navy after fulfilling the due criteria and have an even more adventurous career over there.

Top Colleges for Marine or Ocean Engineering or architecture and Nautical Sciences

The Indian Maritime University, established by an act of Parliament by the Government of India in 2008 is the major university of National importance which takes care of Marine education. The top 25 colleges under this university are:

1IMU Campus VizagVizag
2IMU Campus KolkataKolkata
3Anglo Eastern Maritime Academy, MumbaiMumbai
4IMU Campus MumbaiMumbai
5Tolani Maritime Institute, PunePune
6IMU Campus CochinCochin
7Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies, MumbaiMumbai
8IMU Campus ChennaiChennai
9Applied Research International, New DelhiNew Delhi
10Training Ship Rahaman, MumbaiMumbai
11Vishwakarma Maritime Institute, PunePune
12The Great Eastern Institute of Maritime Studies, MumbaiMumbai
13College of Ship Technology, PalakkadPalakkad
14International Maritime Institute, NoidaNoida
15Maritime Training Institute (SCI), TuticorinTuticorin
16HIMT, ChennaiChennai
17Southern Academy of Maritime Studies, ChennaiChennai
18Euro Tech Maritime Academy, CochinCochin
19Maritime Training Institute (SCI), MumbaiMumbai
20Coimbatore Marine CollegeCoimbatore
21Dr BR Ambedkar Institute of Technology, Port BlairPort Blair
22Park Maritime Academy, CoimbatoreCoimbatore
23RL Institute of Nautical Science, MaduraiMadurai
24Yak Educational Trust, Navi MumbaiMumbai
25Shriram Institute of Marine Studies, New DelhiNew Delhi

Admissions to these colleges are done through a Common Entrance test conducted by the university every year. Apart from these colleges, IIT Kharagpur and IIT Madras also offer 4 year and 5 year Ocean Engineering courses.

Stay tuned for updates on other streams.

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Mohnaa Ghosh

Mohnaa GhoshDec 22, 2018

Is this the toughest??
Manan Choudhary
@Avinash Kumar  Sir ,what is the approx rank for Marine engineering in IIT Kharagpur?
Sarita s

Sarita sMay 19, 2019

Date is over
Sarita s

Sarita sMay 19, 2019

250 around

DIVYAM GARGMay 19, 2019

Sir please upload the information about electronic and communication engineering
It would be a great help for us
Subhash Kumar
For ocean engineering IIT Kharagpur and IIT Madras take admission through jee advanced Exam or IMU CET exam ?
Subhash Kumar
I am waiting for your response sir?

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