How to become a Marine Engineer after doing Mechanical Engineering?

If you are a mechanical engineer and wish to get a job in the merchant navy, then you can do so by becoming a marine engineer using your mechanical engineering degree.

Mechanical and marine engineering courses have several subjects in common and this makes it easier for a mechanical engineer to get an additional degree in marine and open new doors of opportunities.

Moreover, with the present shortage of maritime professionals in the shipping industry and lack of quality mechanical engineering jobs in the market, taking up marine engineering is an ideal choice for those already having a degree in mechanical engineering.

How to Become a Marine Engineer?

The best part of pursuing a marine engineering degree after mechanical engineering is that you don’t have to go through the four years of rigorous engineering training, which a marine engineer has to go through. All you need is a one year specialized course.

A one year Graduate Marine Engineering (GME) course after mechanical engineering would give students the licence to enter merchant navy. This one year GME course is all you need to become a marine engineer after doing mechanical engineering.

Eligibility Criteria

However, there are certain requirements which one should satisfy in order to join the one year marine engineering course. They are as follows:

  • Graduation in BE (Mechanical) Engineering / Naval Architecture with minimum marks of 50% in final year
  • Must have minimum 50% marks in English language at 10th or 12th or in Degree Exam.
  • Must not be more than 28 years old

Institutes Offering Graduate Marine Engineering Course

If you are a mechanical engineer in India, there are several institutes that are recognized by the Directorate General of Shipping, India and which provide 1 –year Graduate Marine Engineering Course (GME).

Kindly note that each institute has different admission procedure, and thus it is advisable to contact the institute directly in order to get the right information about the course.

Some of the prominent institutes offering GME course are:

To get the full list of Directorate General of Shipping Approved Colleges offering GME Course, read List of Institutes offering Graduate Marine Engineering (GME) Course in India.

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Comments

  1. Jayakumar says

    I am a B.E Aeronautical engineering Graduate… am I eligible for GME or not…please let me know.

  2. Anish says

    Several Colleges in India Provide GME courses which includes Marine Workshop and additional training.

  3. vasu says

    sir I am a Aerospace engineering Graduate…am I eligible for GME or not…please let me know…

  4. Rishi prasath says

    Sir I am studying mechanical engineering 1st year after gme can i joint to work as an officer at ship

  5. saurabh punyapwar says

    sir i am presently studying mechanical engineering in final year,after completion of B.E i would like to join marine engg. .

  6. rishi says

    I’m interested in GME. But how about the placements????
    Is there is any colleges that can offer 100% placement???

  7. Anish says

    Dear Rishi,

    The current market condition is very bad. The current pass out cadets and engineers are waiting for almost a year to get on a ship. Most of them are paying lakhs to agent to get a job. Try to get in a college run by a ship management company like anglo eastern etc.
    Best of Luck.

  8. Chinna Thambi says

    I am doing BE-mechanical engineering final year, now I am going to studying gme course one year it is a wright way or not? Pls guide me sir

  9. deepak jaiswal says

    Sir, Now i am doing my B.E.(mechanical engineering) final year , and i want to join marchant navy , so
    which institute i should join for GME course, sir please tell me about some institute and there process to join?

  10. Raghu.R says

    Sir, after completing G.M.E, once we get into on-board ship training does it mean that ‘its a part of job’…and moreover i am paying 6lakhs for both pre sea training and on-board ship training for alpha 9 marines services and they told that training is a part of a job? is that true?or 6lakhs i high? plz reply me sir….

  11. bala says

    hello sir i am bala i am doing mechanical 2nd year after finishing final year i am intrest to join marine which course can i take what are all the procedure can you elaborate me thank you

  12. Anish says

    @ Bala. The procedure has already been explained in the above article. Do you have any specific question or doubt about the above subject?

  13. tauqeer raza says

    hello sir

    im 2014 fresh mechanical engineer i was looking for joning merchant nayvy what is is the correct procedure to be followed and what are the current jobs market for fresh mechanical engineers in merchant navy

    waiting for your guidance

    thanking you in advance

  14. Anish says

    @Tauqeer: The procedure is correctly explained in the article above. The current job market is in very bad shape as fresh passed marine engineers are waiting for 1-2 year to get onboard ship for training.

  15. tauqeer raza says

    hello
    may i know what will be the fresh mechanical engg salary after completing his pre sea training

    what is the current job market

    what is the cost of doing GME COURSE

    THANKING YOU

  16. Mukul Sreenivasan says

    I recently attended a. seminar on marine engineering by a reputed training institute. They said the eligibility criteria for getting a license includes not having a history of greater than 6 back papers in your mechanical engineering course.
    Is that correct? Of all the places i’ve searched online, never have i come across such a rule.

  17. vijay pradeep says

    Sir, Now i am doing my B.E.mechanical engineering final year , and i want to join marchant navy , so
    which institute i should join for GME course, sir please tell me about some institute and there process to join? n total amount of that course sir

  18. says

    The shipping industry is going through a Job crunch. It is better to join a Company owned institutes like- Anglo Easter Maritime Academy, Univan Maritime Academy etc. Please contact the institute for all the other details.

  19. k.alagarraja prasad says

    iam studying b.e.mechanical engg.3yr. After b.e.i do marine engg 1course its rigith r not pls explane me to hwo to join to marine engg. .it have any exam for marine engg. .pls help me. .

  20. karthik nidu says

    sir
    after laser surgery,if my eye sight gets normal ,can i be selected&
    the above two academies u mentioned,can i get placed 100% surely at any market condition if i do gme course in them.
    plzz tell me the academy which i can be placed 100%
    and wat if to do 4 year programme plzz tell the whole procedure
    thank you

  21. Dharmendra patel says

    Hello sir, i am a mechanical 2nd year student and i want to join marine academy after completing my graduation can u please suggest what can for making my carrier well settled ………………..

  22. Sajo Sam says

    Hey!
    I am Sajo and I am pursuing my B.E Mechanical 4th year.
    I recently attended a recruitment drive conducted by Samudra Institute of Maritime Studies.
    I cleared the written test and now I am waiting for my Interview and 16pf rounds.
    My query is if I am gettin into a GME Course in their college after paying a huge amount as my Fees whether I get placement or not.
    And,whether stipend is offered to all the trainees during the one year training period?
    Plz do reply!!!!!

  23. says

    Dear Sajo,

    We do not have the exact placement record of this institute but I am sure it is not 100%.
    About the stipend, it depends on the company which hires you.

  24. says

    hello sir!i am first year student of mechanical engineering,i would like to work as a marine engineer
    plz help me to choose the correct gme institute,thank you sir, im waiting for your guidence.

  25. Geelani says

    i completed my B.Tech with mechanical engineering. I have got 70% in mechanical engineering. am interested in marine engineering.. how can i get job in marine engineering ?? plz mail to my email address mohammedgeelani327me@gmail.com

  26. JASNEET says

    YOU CAN JOIN SAMUNDRA INSTITUDE………THERE YOU CAN DO 1 YEAR GME COURSE…..FEES IS AROUND 4 LAKH,,,,,BUT GUD INSTITUDE…..IT HAS TIE UP WID executive shipping management,,,,,,so 100 % placement

  27. deepak verma says

    sir i hv done b.tech in mechanical engineering with 65.4 % aggregrate . my eyesight is -2.5 and height is 5 foot 5 inches… m i eligible fr gme course… is lesic surgery fr eyes is not the issue for my admission… plzz reply me

  28. Ananthu says

    sir,
    I would like to join gme course at cochin shipyard and would like to know about the placement and reputation of college.

  29. mathan says

    sir iam studying in b.e mechanical engineering how did i join the marine engineering what is the processure pls send the details

  30. varun says

    sir,
    i am a graduate in mechanical engineering , i would like join merchant navy through direct entry ,
    could you please explain the procedure and relevant suggestions
    awaiting for your reply.

  31. vinoth s says

    sir i am studying mechanical engg,i have idea to join gme. if i study this i get a job or not.related to that any couse have to do while studying mechanical engineering

  32. anand says

    sir í ám 1st year mechanical engineering then my ambination was þó become captain . please guide me sir

  33. says

    Dear Anand,

    Since you are pursuing mechanical engineering, you can opt for marine engineering as described in the article above. You cannot be a captain as it is a position of deck department. You can become a chief engineer of ship’s engine room department.

  34. Sachin says

    Sir,i want to ask that if i complete mech engineer and give GME and complete it i will placed. Or after marine engineer i don’t have to give GME i will placed.which is best one plz tell me

  35. roshan antony says

    sir, i want to became marine engineer but, i joined mechanical engineer so pls gudie me to study gme
    sir

  36. Sachin says

    Sir,how many yrs will needed to become officer by completing b e mech eng?and salary of chief eng maximum

  37. says

    @ Sachin
    You need to complete your 6 month training onboard to become eligible for CL IV exams. Once you pass this exam, you are an operational level officer.
    For salary of Indian officers, please read- http://goo.gl/N5mqpi

  38. sahil mehra says

    sir let me know that which institute is best for GME within the range of 2 lack fees structure with 100% placement
    and is there scholarship scheme for OBC category

  39. Md Abdullah AL Matin says

    I am a Mechanical Engineer from Bangladesh.As I am informed that currently there is no way(no matter if one completes his GME course) to transform from Mechanical Engineering to marine engineering..My questions are.

    1) If I complete my GME course from abroad or India, will I be eligible to transform?

  40. says

    Dear Matin,

    In India, approved GME courses are available for mechanical engineer for becoming a marine engineer.

  41. Ashraf hashmi says

    in 10th class i have less than 50 marks, can i do marine engineering please inform me

  42. says

    Dear Ashraf,

    10+2 marks are considered for admission from a recognized Board/University with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM), with not less than 60% marks in PCM aggregate.

  43. prabhat says

    Dear Anish sir,
    1). I would like to ask that is there any preference 4 marine engg over mechanical engg..4 the post for any job as an engineer.

    2). I have done mechanical and automation but I studied all the subjects of mechanical engg…will this degree create any problem ?

    3). I have heard about anglo eastern a lot…do they place on their ships for some specific period only or they place us again when we come after our vacation, as their r 6 months gap on 2 consecutive on board’s.

    Thnk u sir….

  44. Sachin says

    Sir,is cut off there for admission of b tech degree collage in marine after 12 and diploma ? And if there can you tell good collages in Maharashtra.latest one

  45. saurav kumar says

    sir i am presently studying mechanical engineering in final year,after completion of B.E i would like to join marine engg.

  46. DHARMENDRA says

    hello sir
    i am btech mechanical 2012 batch passout. i would like to join merchant navy. what is the correct procedure for joining mechant navy

  47. sanjay says

    is bsc in ship building and repairs is a gud profession ? sir can you explain me what is it all about. My friends told me that the career has no scope with respect to marine engineering. i have qualified imu cet with a gud rank but i scored only 59.9 % in 12th. i wanted to join marine engineering coz i know lotz about it. bt i have no idea about bsc in ship building and repair. sir please guide me. tell me which one is a better career option.
    Regards.

  48. ojas says

    i am doing mechaincal engineering. i am in the 1st yr. can i join marine engineering in the 2nd year. is there any way.

  49. says

    “tell me which one is a better career option.” – It entirely depends on your preferences and state of mind.

    Marine Egnineering will have better remuneration compared to ship building.
    Shipbuilding career has its own advantage and you can earn good remuneration at later stage, and of course it has one added advantage- It’s a shore job.

  50. says

    No- You cannot. Either join it from the 1st year of 4 years Marine engineering course on basis of your 10+2 PCM marks or you can continue your mechanical degree and follow the procedure explained in the above article.

  51. suraj singh says

    iam studying b.e.mechanical engg.3yr. After b.e.i do marine engg 1course its rigith r not pls explane me to hwo to join to marine engg. .it have any exam for marine engg. Pls help me.

  52. suraj says

    Sir m studying in 12th with pcm (UP) my maths is weak plz give me suggestion for get into marine engineering and wich course is the best..

  53. Aswin says

    Sir I completed mechanical engineering but I have 5 back papers .. I will b clearing it by next attempt but is it possible for me to join the 1 year are sea training program me in any institution? Plz help me out with my quarry..

  54. Manojkumar says

    Sir…. I m studying 7th sem Mechanical and i am interested in marine field.. but the problem is
    i met with an accident 4 years before,which was severe injury for my left elbow
    operation was successful and my hand is perfectly alright now now im going to gym as preferred by doctor.
    Am I eligible to join marine engineering…?

  55. Ashwini says

    Sir during recruitment on ship whom are preferd by companies 10+2 marine engg or else B.E. Marine engg???

  56. M Mridul Kumar says

    Sir,
    I have applied for Graduate Marine Engineer in Shipping corporation of India.
    I the advertisement, it is written that the job is not guarenteed after 1 year training.
    The training fees is 4.00 lacs.
    Since it is a PSU, what are the chances of job after training ?

  57. says

    @ Manoj:

    If the injury is not permanent and you are able to lift loads like any other normal person, you are eligible.

  58. Umesh Thadhani says

    Is there any advantage of doing 1year GME after BE Mechanical over the basic 4 year marine engineering after 12th ?

  59. M Mridul Kumar says

    Sir,
    I have applied for Graduate Marine Engineer(GME) in Shipping corporation of India(SCI).
    It is written that the job is not guarenteed after 1 year training.
    The training fees is 4.00 lacs.
    Since it is a PSU, what are the chances of job after training ?

  60. kaushal says

    Is there any entrance exam or rounds for selection of college…… Pls let me know…pls

  61. Krish says

    Dear Sir
    I am in my final year of Aeronautical engg degree course from gov. college and have diploma in mechanical engg.
    After completing my degree in Aeronautical engg, Would I be eligible for GME course ?
    Please do reply.
    Thanking you

  62. rajat says

    sir,i am graduate in btech. M.E. (80%) .What salary i can expect in merchan navy and how much time i have to spent on during job

  63. Ramesh gola says

    sir I am studying mechanical engineering 3rd semester in laec in bidar after completion of BE I would like to join marine engineering for job…

  64. Savani Vikas says

    hello sir,
    I am doing BE in mechanical engg.,and i want my career in merchant navy or in any other field related to shipping… so can u please tell me that is there any other course related to this?
    and what if i don’t want do GME course can i get a job in merchant navy if i am a mechanical engineer?
    please answer me with my queries @savanivikas01@gmail.com.
    please do answer its a humble request as i need your guidance.

  65. HARPREET SINGH says

    I M DOIN MECHANICAL ENNGG LAST YEAR STUDENT .CAN I DO 6 MONTH INDUSTRIAL ON SHIP OR IN INSTITUTE OF MARITIME OR ANY OTHER INSTITUTE OF MARINE ENGG

  66. Hamud says

    Dear sir,

    I have engineering for 3 years college and i worked 10 years for shipyard in Kuwait city . now I am here in sweden but i have not gott help to this goverment and i want to complete my engineering.

    I hope to help me for this problem in order to become full engineer.
    I therefor wainting you to your help.
    hamud

  67. Shubham Sharma says

    Sir I am Student of 7th sem mechanical engineering now am interested in Marine Navy What Can I do……..????

  68. AFTAB FATMI says

    SIR I AM PERSUING B.TECH , AND AFTER BTECH I WNT TO JOIN MARRINE ENGINNERING ,SO FOR WHAT SHOULD I DO

  69. krity anand says

    sir , i am in 4 year of mechanical how to apply in marine .what i have to do this . please give link for that site .thank you

  70. rajat says

    sir,
    what is the syllabus for gme entrance. And will you please suggest me some books plz.
    reply fast

  71. deepika says

    Respected sir
    ,I am Deepika ,right now iam in 2nd year of manufacturing engineering course.Can i become a marine engineer? Do girls are fit for this job ?

  72. says

    You need to have subjects equivalent to mechanical engineering for getting in this stream. Of-course, girls are fit for this job (you need to pass physical and medical examination).

  73. Rajat says

    Sir,
    If an individual persue his/her Marine Engineering in a foreign country( Abroad ) for example in U.S as an international student.
    Does he/she ‘ll be allowed to do work there ? or he/she ‘ll selected in Campus Placements ?.
    As mentioned in official sites of Public Colleges of U.S ( SUNY, USMMA, Texas Maritime ) that international students are not eligible of getting U.S Coast Guard License but they are eligible for doing their UG/PG Courses in colleges mentioned above.

    Urgent Help Required

    Thankyou.

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