Marine Engineering

A Marine Engineer working in the engine room of a vessel

Is Marine Engineering for me?

Marine Engineering Officers, under the supervision of the Chief Engineer, keep vessels running. They operate, monitor and maintain the correct operation of a ship's engines and associated machinery, including electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic pump, piping and fuel, air conditioning and refrigeration. Intrinsic to these tasks is the responsibility to ensure the safe and efficient operation of all equipment on board.

The technical aspect of marine engineering is challenging and the mechanical systems are complex and diverse. In addition to a solid background in math and physics, engineers must have the ability to react quickly, to cope with unfamiliar situations, to work as a team and to understand rapid instructions. Dependability, attention to detail, initiative, ability to perform under pressure and effective communication skills are vital qualities of a Marine Engineer.

This is a rewarding, challenging, task-oriented job with much excitement and many benefits. The application process will provide you with additional details.

A Marine Engineering student receiving guidance from an instructor.

Training for Officer Cadets in Marine Engineering is divided into five phases:

  • Eleven months at the College
  • Four months at sea on a Coast Guard vessel
  • Sixteen months at the College
  • Five months at sea on a Coast Guard vessel
  • Nine months at the College 

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