Marine Engineering

Basic Question arises on mind – “What is Marine Engineering?”

The term ‘Marine’ hits everyone mind that it is something related to water.

Yes, you all are right!

But, it is more than that. Learn more about Marine Engineering…

Marine Engineering is one of the engineering courses that deals with design, construction, operation and maintenance of the ship functions that include steering, anchoring, cargo handling, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, etc.

It not only ends here –

The technology and techniques one can learn during marine engineering are used for creating cruise ships, oil platforms and harbors.

Most of the students have confusion between the Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture. These both terms are interrelated to each other. Naval Architect deals with design process, ship building and operation of marine vessels.

Looking for the precise definition of marine engineering?

Here it is:

Marine Engineering is the branch of Engineering that deals with the nautical architecture and science. It involves construction, installation, operation, and repair of the ships machinery.

Marine Engineering

Courses & Duration

How to Become a Marine Engineer?

You can opt Marine Engineering after

  • Completion of secondary examination/10th class (eligibility for diploma courses).
  • Completion of Higher Secondary examination/12th class (eligibility for UG courses)
  • Completion of B.Tech/B.E. in marine engineering (eligibility for PG courses)
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Courses after 12th Science

There are various Institutions which offer diploma, bachelor or master degree courses in Marine Engineering. The courses deal with the maintenance & construction of ships and other sailing vessels.

Diploma Courses: It is three year duration programme.

  • Diploma in Marine Engineering

Bachelor Courses: The duration of these courses is 4 years.

  • B.Tech/B.E. in Marine Engineering
  • B.Sc in Marine Engineering

Master Courses: It is two year duration programme.

Looking for Advancement in Marine Engineering!

Choose your specialization for PG courses as per your interest and are as follows:

  • Maritime Commerce
  • Marine Refrigeration
  • Command And Control System
  • Weaponry And Weapon Systems
  • Navigation Systems And Equipment
  • Marine Renewable Energy Research
  • Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Research
  • Information, Communication Systems and Equipment
  • Offshore Extractive and Infrastructure (Cable Laying)

Basic Eligibility:

For Diploma Course – You have to pass 10th examination to get admission into diploma programme.

For UG Courses – Minimum educational qualification of 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as a compulsory subjects is required for this course. If you completed a three year diploma in marine engineering, you can apply for UG course in marine engineering. Your age should be 17-25 years.

Entrance Exam – JEE Main 2023, IMU CET 2023

For PG Courses – The prescribed qualifying examination for M.Tech will be B.Tech passed in Marine Engineering.

Entrance Exam – GATE 2023

Colleges in India offer Marine Engineering Programme:

  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur
  • National Institute of Technology (NIT), Karnataka
  • Maharashtra Academy of Naval Education & Training (MANET), Pune
  • Marine Engineering and Research Institute, Kolkata
  • V. Raman College of Engineering, Bhubaneswar

What about Jobs & Career Scope?

You have a plenty of career opportunities in the field of marine engineering . You will get the job depending on your specializations.

The job of Marine engineers is not just limited to construction and maintenance of ship or boats vessel but it is extended upto the project management and control responsibilities too.

There are lucrative career options for the marine engineers in public as well as in private shipping companies. You will designated as a third assistant engineer or fourth engineer.

There are lots of job opportunities for marine engineering students not in India as well as in abroad countries.

What will be my Designation?

Am I Designated as Chief Engineer!

Of course!

Marine Chief engineer is considered equal to captain and possess the top rank. After gaining sufficient experience and knowledge in the field of marine engineering you will be eligible for this post.

Besides this, marine engineers are also designated as

  • Trainee Marine Engineer
  • Junior Marine Engineer
  • sales engineers
  • engineering managers
  • structural engineer
  • submarine designer
  • third assistant engineer
  • fourth assistant engineers
  • Onshore Marine coordinator
  • Dock Engineer
  • Marine Equipment Designers

Role of Marine Engineers

Marine Engineers are the skilled professionals engaged in the design, construction and maintenance of vehicles and structures used on or around water for example – ships and boats.

They have responsibilities for the construction and maintenance of ships machinery that include steam turbines, gas turbines and engine room.

Marine engineering is also related to other fields such as naval architecture, oceanographic engineering, nautical sciences or automotive and mechanical engineering etc.

Marine Engineers work as a liaisons between ship captain and shore personnel in order to ensure the efficiency and safety of ship. Also, monitors and supervises the other engineers, mechanics and crew members of the ship.

Marine Engineers also works on the power generation, gas and oil industry. Nowadays may national and international companies showing their interest in producing the electricity with the use of tidal power generators and more.

Do you know?

Archimedes was the first marine engineer and developed numerous of marine engineering systems. In India marine engineering was introduced in August 1949.

If you are fascinated by the ocean or water and have interest in machinery or structures and want to do something creative then Marine Engineering is the best career option for you.

Are you ready to continue this course?


Marine Engineers are required in public and private shipping companies, engine production firms, ship building and designing firms, navy, research bodies.

The companies that recruit marine engineers are as follows:

  • SMEC Automation Pvt Ltd.
  • American Cruise Lines
  • Marintek Design and Engineering Pvt Ltd.
  • GMMCO Limited
  • GE Shipping Co. Limited
  • Carnival Cruise Line
  • TMC Shipping Pvt Ltd.
  • ITT Shipping (P) Ltd.


Candidates possessing the degree in marine engineering will get the attractive pay depending upon the experience, location and domain knowledge. An average salary ranges from 64000 to 96000/year will be provided to the marine engineers.

Those working in abroad will receive 85000$ per annum.

Books & Study Material

Some of the best books for the preparation of Marine Engineering is listed below:

Introduction to Marine EngineeringD.A. Taylor
General Engineering Knowledge (Marine Engineering)H.D McGeorge
Marine Auxiliary MachineryH.D McGeorge
Pounder’s Marine Diesel Engines and Gas TurbinesDoug Woodyard
Marine BoilersG.T.H Flanagan
Practical Marine Electrical KnowledgeDennis T.Hall
Ship ConstructionDavid J.Eyres

If you have any other queries about Marine Engineering, you can ask your query in the comment box.

Displaying 18 Comments
  1. Pritanshu kumar says:

    I am so confused, I just completed my 12th from pcm background. Could you please guide me for marine engineering which type of form I need to fill? Only I know about imu cet entrance test. Please guide me another entrance test so i prepare accordingly

  2. Ajisafe kayode says:

    I just finished my diploma and I need requirements for me to work on board and how much is my payment as a marine engineering student

  3. Shalice Drysdale says:

    How do you sign up for the marine engineering program online after finishing two years of sixth from at your school

  4. Surajit modal says:

    I am studying mechanical engineering right now, after completing this one may i join Marine field? &what are the way of possibilities.

  5. harleen says:

    quantum university conduct an entrance cum scholarship exam is called Q-CARE for admission to quantum university. if you have scored minimum 70/ marks in your 12th grade then you can register yourself directly by any online or offline .

  6. Ntekim shaphan says:

    I will make sure it is possible for me to be in a marine field, because that is my dream

  7. Kaustubh D. Admane says:

    I have completed DME and I want to do pre sea training course and I want to know the process to attend exam for higher post

  8. B Madhumitha says:

    Did marine engineering is the best field? To that is JEE entrance is important for do the marine engineering sir

  9. Rishikesh Sharma says:

    I have passed 75% in class 10, after that I have passed ITI electrician, in which 85% of mine was there, after that I am studying diploma in electrical engineering, what should I do to become an engineer in the marine

  10. Tejas says:

    I have completed my B.E in mechanical engineering.And I want to find scope in Marine Engineering. After B.E which course is suitable for me.

  11. Vandana says:

    I’m studying btech in ECE. So later if I do masters in marine engineering will I be able to persuade a job in marine field or will there be any obstacles since I didn’t have a degree in “btech in marine engineering”?

  12. Jeevan H M says:

    I had completed diploma in e&e can i join now…

  13. Rushabh hastimal jain says:

    Sir I got 155 marks in pcm then I’m eligible for marine engineering

  14. Viresh says:

    I am studying mechanical engineering right now, after completing this one may i join Marine field? &what are the way of possibilities

  15. Nikhilesh sharma says:

    I am studying in 12th class right now
    What is the cut off of jee mains for admission in IMU

  16. Satyajit Mohanty says:

    I’ve complete +2 science 55% in 2016.which course is best of my carear. I wish to get government job

  17. Emmanuel Asante says:

    I will be very happy if i get the opportunity to be in marine field

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