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Marine Engineering Major


The Engineering Majors provide midshipmen with the education and training to design, build, operate, maintain and repair the engineering systems used on modern marine vessels and to prepare them for positions of increasing responsibility in the maritime and intermodal transportation industries.

The Engineering Majors also provide midshipmen with a sound, broad-based engineering education while simultaneously preparing them for an unrestricted license as a third assistant engineer of steam and motor vessels.

The Academy offers three engineering majors:

  • Marine Engineering
  • Marine Engineering Systems
  • Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management.

The synergistic combination of classical engineering studies and operations-oriented training and experience offers graduates an unbeatable amalgamation of skills that prepare them for a broad range of professional occupations. The special nature of the Academy makes the engineering graduates well suited for professions in the maritime industry as well as in related fields such as power generation and intermodal transportation.

About the Program

The Marine Engineering program prepares midshipmen to serve as licensed officers in the U.S. Merchant Marine and to provide them with an engineering education that prepares them for a wide variety of professional positions including the career fields of ship construction, operation, marketing, maintenance, repair and survey.

The program focuses on the operational and applied aspects of the marine engineering profession. It allows midshipmen the opportunity to choose elective courses in order to tailor the program of study to meet their individual professional goals.

Graduates of the Marine Engineering program are exceptionally well suited for employment at sea as engineering officers, as well as ashore in the applied phases of the engineering spectrum such as power generation and technical marketing.


Fourth Class Year

  • ECME101 - Introduction to Marine Engineering I
  • ECME105 - Introduction to Marine Engineering II
  • ECEE100 - Introduction to Electrical Engineering
  • NAUT101 - Introduction to Nautical Science
  • NAUT110 - Basic Firefighting and Safety
  • 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
  • PHYS110 - Physics 1
  • PHYS120 - Physics 2
  • LITR101 - Composition & Literature
  • HIST100 - History of Sea Power
  • WRIT110 - 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

  • ECES201 - Thermodynamics
  • ECES211 - Dynamics
  • ECES220 - Introduction to Materials Engineering
  • ECES221 - Introduction to Materials Engineering Laboratory
  • ECES230 - Fluid Mechanics
  • ECES300 - Strength of Materials
  • ECES310 - Heat Transfer
  • LITR201 - Literature
  • MATH215 - Probability & Statistics Engineer
  • ECEE200 - Electric Circuits
  • ECEE300 - Electric Machines
  • NASC200 - Strategic Sealift
  • NASC400 - Naval Leadership & Ethics
  • CHEM210 - Selected Topics in Chemistry for Marine Engineers
  • PEA200 - Medical Care Provider
  • ECDL400 - Basic Tanker Operations-Dangerous Liquids
  • BUSN210 - Principles of Economics
  • WTRF100 - Safety of Life at Sea
  • HIST200 - Regional Studies
  • HIST300 - Seminar in US History since 1945
  • COMP105 - Computer Programming

First Class Year

  • 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
  • NASC410 - Naval Science Senior Seminar
  • NAUT420 - Advanced Firefighting
  • ECNA401 - Naval Architecture for Marine Engineers
  • ECEM400 - Marine Engineering Management
  • ECEE400 - Electronics
  • ECES402 - Machine Elements
  • HIST400 - Seminar in National Security and Strategy
  • Free Electives (9 credits)

Sea Year Courses

  • EPRJ210 - Machine Shop Sea Year Course
  • EPRJ230 - Main Propulsion 1 Sea Year Course
  • EPRJ240 - Shipboard Systems 1 Sea Year Course
  • 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
  • NPRJ245 - Deck Operations
  • NPRJ340 - Maritime Business
  • HPRJ300 - Humanities Sea Year Course
  • INSP100 - Internship

Now Accepting Applications for the Class of 2029