How to Become a Marine Engineer?

Marine engineering is a job that is very much sought after in recent years. The growth of the industry and the continued research and development in the field has rubbed off on the academic study of this engineering field and more people have started to opt for it. The increase in the commercial activities, across the seas also had a positive impact on marine engineering with unprecedented rise in the number of merchant navy vessels and trading. All this has had a positive impact on the job market in this dynamic sector. Certain attributes are pre-requisite for any job on the merchant navy or as a marine engineer, whereas there are other required qualifications which are different for different profiles.

There are colleges that offer both degree and post graduate courses in marine engineering. For someone who has ambitions of becoming a marine engineer, this is supposed to be the first base. The eligibility, required to take an admission in these courses is pretty much the same around the world and that is senior secondary certificate.


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The length of the graduate course of engineering may vary slightly in some countries, but in general it is 4 years, wherein the student undergoes comprehensive training in both theoretical as well as practical aspects of the science. In some cases the practical sessions are conducted in-house and some of the sessions are also conducted at the real sites like shipyards.

The theoretical subjects include, apart from English, which is the most widely understood and used language in merchant navy, computer science, applied mathematics, physics, electronics and marine management. Besides these there are also many other topics that are covered and students are educated regarding environmental science, maritime commerce and control systems etc. These trainings are necessary for anyone aspiring to be a marine engineer or want a job in the merchant navy because it not only adds to the mental abilities but also inculcates physical attributes. Practical training of the aspirant includes Magnetic and Gyro compasses, electronic navigational aids like the Radar, Decca etc, Chart work, practical navigation and astronomy.

For better prospects in the existing job or the open job market, a Masters degree in marine engineering is definitely advisable. The training albeit enhanced is not that difficult, especially for a graduate student of the same discipline as it comprises mostly of lab hours that put into practice the various principles of engineering studied previously. Creating a portfolio helps anybody trying to climb the hierarchy of seniority in the merchant navy. In any case, the most successful in this field are definitely the ones who had a clear idea of what they wanted out of this industry and which of their characteristics suited it the best.

With the recent studies predicting a steady growth in the international trade, this industry is more or less set to keep on progressing. This is because ‘shipping’ is still the easiest and cheapest mode of transportation around the world. Therefore the profile of a marine engineer would remain a center of attraction for the youths for long time to come.

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  1. Nikhil Vaidya says

    I m student of B.E 3rd year . After complition of my engg. I want to do marine engg. For tha what should i do ?
    What is the basic requirement for that i have to fulfil ?

  2. Biletiri Folawole says

    Good day! I am a graduate of mechanical engineering from the polytechnic. I have my HND certificate. Please how do i go for marine short courses to become a marine engineer. Thank you.

  3. saransh says

    sir i m persuing my mechanical engg how can i apply for marine engg ..
    what is the full procedure for marine engg plz let me knw

  4. says

    Dear Saransh,

    Please find the link for your reference-

  5. Shaik Mohammed says

    Is marine engineering tough compared to petroelum engineering? Please refer me anyone one of this.

  6. RAAJ says

    What can i do for going in Marine Enginearing . and What thing i need for give that test plz explane me …..

  7. sudarshan kadambande says

    my passion is engineering I am untreated to be a marine engineering .

  8. Shivam D says

    I am completing my HND in Marine Engineering from Glasgow UK.
    What are my future prospects, please guide me.

  9. tayib adams says

    i would like to do marine engineering but i do not do physics. what other subject do i need in order for me to apply

  10. aman ahmed says

    i’m student of class 12th
    i want to do marine eng. after 12th
    i want to make my carrer in sailor activity
    so what should i do……

  11. kamal preet says

    i m doing marine engg but its not dj approved what can i do plllsss help me

    rply on my mail plllsss

  12. habeeb toyin says

    i am a student of marine engineer.studying right now.can you please enlighten me more about marine engineers.i mean their salary and the job scale and place of work,

  13. banti says

    Hello…..i m in class 12th & i have to become marine engineer for it what i have to do…..plzzzz tell me how can i enter in it

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