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A Marine Engineer works with ships and sailboats, right from their design, down to management. Their work ranges from designing, building, testing and repairing of ships, carriers, barges, cargos, drilling equipment and platforms at sea. They deal with the mechanical facets of the ships like steering and propulsion, and some even venture out into ship designing and naval architecture.

Career Opportunities in Marine Engineering

  • Operation, Maintenance and Construction
    Marine Engineers in this profile design, maintain and construct naval ships and vessels. They also are vested with the responsibility of technical management of the ship.
  • Junior engineer
    Junior engineers assist senior engineers who take a lead on planning, design and construction of naval infrastructures.
  • Professor
    Marine Engineers in this profile teach courses pertaining to the application of physical laws and principles of engineering for the development of machines, materials, instruments, processes, and services.
  • Research and Development (R&D)
    Marine Engineers in this field examine ships and offshore installations, looking at their seaworthiness, safety and maintenance needs.
  • Design Engineer
    Marine engineers are employed to design marine structures, for safety as well as to survive the hazards of the marine bodies.

How to Pursue a Career in Marine Engineering

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Clear Class XII with Science StreamPursue B.Tech in Marine Engineering / Ocean Engineering for 4 yearsPursue M.Tech in Marine Engineering for 2-3 yearsPursue Ph.D for 2-3 years
Path 2
Clear Class XII with Science StreamPursue B.Tech in Marine Engineering / Ocean Engineering for 4 yearsPursue GME (Graduate Marine Engineering)Pursue Ph.D for 2-3 years
Path 3
Clear Class XII with Science StreamPursue B.Tech in Marine Engineering / Ocean Engineering for 4 yearsPursue Post Graduate Diploma for 1 yearPursue Ph.D for 2-3 years

Important Facts

  • Most colleges have eligibility criteria of minimum 50% aggregate marks in Class XII and some of minimum 60%.
  • Must have passed class 12thor senior secondary examination with at least 50% marks including English.
  • Some colleges/ universities also have an age limit.
  • Navy hires students for marine engineering after (10+2) also.

Leading Institutes

Top Marine Engineering Institutes in India
College Location Website
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur Kharagpur
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras Chennai
Tolani Maritime Institute Pune
Marine Engineering and Research Institute (MERI) Kolkata, Mumbai
West Bengal University of Technology Kolkata
College of Engineering, Andhra University Visakhapatnam
Kunjali Marakkar School of Marine Engineering Kochi
UV Patel College of Engineering, Mehsana Gujarat
Vishwakarma Maritime Institute Maharashtra
Mars Maritime Shipping Academy Pvt Ltd Maharashtra
Neotia Institute of Technology Management and Science West Bengal
International Maritime Institute Ltd, Greater Noida Uttar Pradesh
Defence Institute of Advanced Technology Maharastra
National Institute of Technology Karnataka
Praveenya Institute of Marine Engineering & Maritime Studies Andhra Pradesh
Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Bhawan UG New Delhi, Delhi NCR New Delhi, Delhi NCR
Top Marine Engineering Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
South Tyneside College United Kingdom
Massachusetts Maritime Academy United States
California Maritime Acdemy United States
United States Marine Academy United States
University of Michigan United States
Australian Maritime College Australia

Marine Engineering Entrance Exams

College Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Joint Entrance Examination Main (JEE Main) April Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,
Joint Entrance Examination Advanced (JEE Advanced) May/June Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,
National Engineering Aptitute Test (NEAT/NAT) June Mathematics/Biology Physics, Chemistry,
Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission (BITSAT) May Mathematics/Biology Physics, Chemistry, Logical Reasoning English
Education Promotion Society of India National Admission Test (ENAT) April/May Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English
Vellore Institute of Technology Engineering Entrance Exam (VITEEE) April Mathematics/Biology Physics, Chemistry, English
University of Delhi Combined Entrance Exam (DU-CET) June Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,
Consortium Medical, Engineering & Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK) May Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,
Admission Test for ICFAI Science & Technology (ATIT) May Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English
Indian Institute of Space & Technology Admission Test (ISAT) June Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,
Combined Written Admission Test (CWAT) May/June Botany Zoology Physics, Chemistry,
SRM University Engineering Exam (SRMUEE) April Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology
Manipal University Online Entrance Exam (MU-OEE) March/April Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology
Indraprastha University Common EntranceTest (IPUCET) May Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,
Indian Maritime University Common Entrance Test (IMUCET) June Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,
Institution Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) Jan/Feb All Branches of engineering

Work Description

  • Work towards designing, construction and development of ships, boats and other marine machinery
  • Design, build and operate offshore platforms and rigs
  • Examine ships to evaluate and ensure their sea worthiness and overall safety
  • Aquire knowledge about all kinds of ships from cargo ships to ferries to cruise liners and military ships
  • Coordinate with concerned personnel to resolve problems as well as develop or modify designs
  • Manage the procurement of material and equipment necessary for building and repairing of marine equipments

Pros & Cons of a Career in Marine Engineering

  • Rewarding in terms of passion for sea
  • Rewarding in terms of pay package and perks
  • Opportunties to travel and explore
  • Maybe somewhat a hectic job
  • May have to stay at sea for long periods
  • Sea-Sickness may occur
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