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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  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

    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


  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

    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

    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

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  27. deepak verma says

    sir i hv done 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

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