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Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management Major

Overview

The Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management (MESM) Program:

  • Prepares midshipmen to serve as licensed officers in the U.S. Merchant Marine.
  • Provides an engineering education that prepares them for a wide variety of professional positions in ship construction and repair, ship systems and marine equipment design, research, operations, marketing, maintenance and survey.
  • Imparts to them a solid engineering education that permits them to pursue graduate study and/or become licensed as a Professional Engineer, should they so choose.

This curriculum puts particular focus on the management of ship construction and repair.

Emphasis of Major

The Program Educational Objectives of the Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management program, which are based on the Academy mission and the Marine Engineering Department objectives, are to:

  1. Prepare midshipmen to serve as licensed officers in the U.S. Merchant Marine, with ability to advance to a Chief Engineer position.
  2. Provide midshipmen with an engineering education that prepares them for a responsible position in ship construction, repair and conversion at a shipyard or similar facility, and in ship engineering operations, maintenance and repair in a shipping company.
  3. Provide midshipmen with an engineering education that also prepares them for a wide variety of professional positions in the maritime industry including, but not limited to, marine equipment manufacturing, ship operation, maintenance, surveying and marketing.
  4. Provide midshipmen with an engineering education that permits them to pursue graduate study in Engineering Management and similar subjects and/or become licensed as a Professional Engineer, should they so choose.

The MESM Program’s Student Outcomes that all graduates of the program are expected to have are as follows:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c) an ability to design a system, component , or process to meet desired needs
(d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) an ability to communicate effectively
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
(l) an ability to apply probability and statistical methods to naval architecture and marine engineering problems
(m) a basic knowledge of engineering mechanics and thermodynamics in the context of marine vehicles
(n) a familiarity of instrumentation appropriate to naval architecture and/or marine engineering.

An important element of the Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management program is the design experience interwoven throughout a student’s four years, culminating in the capstone design project in senior year. The student participates as part of a team tasked with developing a ship construction or ship repair project. The project is spread over two terms and finishes with a presentation of the final design to a panel of faculty and invited industry professionals. The Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

MESM Program Annual Enrollment and Graduation data:

Academic Year

Year in MESM Program

 

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Total

Degrees Conferred

2008-09

38

22

18

78

18

2009-10

21

36

18

75

18

2010-11

24

23

32

79

32

2011-12

31

20

23

74

23

2012-13

17

30

19

66

19

2013-14

32

17

30

79

30

  2014-15

        30

        30

      17

       77

         17

  2015-16

        43

        28

      30

      101

         30

  2016-17

        40

        37

      28

      105

       28

2017-18

55

30

34

119

34

 

 

 

 

 

 

*  Most recent data; subject to change

** Not available at this time
Notes:

  1. All students are Full Time.
  2. Students enter the MESM Program at the beginning of the sophomore year.
  3. Annual enrollment numbers apply at the start of each Academic year.

Curriculum

Fourth Class Year

  • ECME101 - Introduction to Marine Engineering I
  • ECME105 - Introduction to Marine Engineering II
  • ECMT100 - Engineering Graphics
  • ECMT111 - Engineering Shop I
  • ECMT112 - Engineering Shop II
  • MATH101 - Calculus 1
  • MATH140 - Calculus 2 Engine
  • MATH240 - Introduction to Differential Equations
  • ECES100 - Statics
  • CHEM100 - General Chemistry
  • ECEE100 - Introduction to Electrical Engineering
  • NAUT101 - Introduction to Nautical Science  
  • NAUT110 - Basic Firefighting and Safety
  • PHYS110 - Physics 1
  • PHYS120 - Physics 2
  • WRIT110 - Composition & Literature
  • HIST100 - History of Sea Power
  • LITR220 - Technical & Professional Communications
  • CMDT100 - Social Responsibility
  • PEA110 - Basic Swimming
  • PEA120 - First Aid
  • PEA125 - Self Defense Tactics
  • PEA130 - Aquatic Survival
  • MLOG120 - VPDSD
  • NASC100 - Introduction to Naval Science
  • BUSN101 - Principles of Leadership

Second and Third Class Years

  • ECDL400 - Basic Tanker Operations-Dangerous Liquids
  • ECEE200 - Electric Circuits
  • ECEE300 - Electric Machines
  • ECES211 - Dynamics
  • ECES220 - Introduction to Materials Engineering
  • ECES221 - Introduction to Materials Engineering Laboratory
  • ECES230 - Fluid Mechanics
  • ECES300 - Strength of Materials
  • ECES310 - Heat Transfer
  • MATH215 - Probability & Statistics Engineer
  • MATH305 - Calculus III
  • MATH310 - Operations Research 1
  • MATH330 - Operations Research 2
  • NASC200 - Strategic Sealift
  • CHEM210 - Selected Topics in Chemistry for Marine Engineers
  • PEA200 - Medical Care Provider
  • EREM300 - Engineering Economics
  • LITR201 - Literature
  • HIST200 - Regional Studies
  • HIST300 - Seminar in US History since 1945
  • COMP105 - Computer Programming
  • WTRF100 - Safety of Life at Sea

First Class Year

  • ECES402 - Machine Elements
  • ECEM400 - Marine Engineering Management
  • ECEE400 - Electronics
  • ECME400 - Marine Steam Plants and Components
  • ECME410 - Marine Steam Plant Simulation
  • ECME420 - Internal Combustion Engines
  • ECME431 - Marine Refrigeration
  • ECME440 - Engine Room Resource Management
  • ECME450 - Gas Turbines and Marine Auxiliary Equipment
  • ECME460 - Marine Engineering License Seminar
  • ECME470 - Marine Plant Automation and Controls
  • ECNA401 - Naval Architecture for Marine Engineers
  • HIST400 - Seminar in National Security and Strategy
  • NAUT420 - Advanced Firefighting
  • BUSN210 - Principles of Economics
  • NASC400 - Naval Leadership & Ethics
  • NASC410 - Naval Science Senior Seminar
  • EMEM405 - Engineering Project Management 1
  • EMEM415 - Engineering Project Management 2
  • EMEM425 - Engineering Project Management 3

Sea Year Courses

  • EPRJ210 Machine Shop Sea Year Course EPRJ210
  • EPRJ230 Main Propulsion 1 Sea Year Course
  • EPRJ240 Shipboard Systems 1 Sea Year Course
  • NPRJ245 Deck Operations
  • EPRJ310 Maintenance Management
  • EPRJ320 Naval Arch Sea Year Course
  • EPRJ330 Marine Propulsion 2 Sea Year Course
  • EPRJ335 Refrigeration Sea Year Course
  • EPRJ340 Shipboard Systems II Sea Year Course
  • EPRJ345 Electrical Engineering Sea Year Course
  • EPRJ350 Marine Propulsion 3 Sea Year Course
  • NPRJ340 Maritime Business
  • HPRJ300 Humanities Sea Year Course
  • INSP100 Internship
Last updated: Wednesday, January 11, 2023

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