This department supports the Academy mission by providing the education and training necessary to prepare young men and women to become credentialed engineering officers in the merchant marine, as well as competent engineers who have the ability serve in various shore-side sectors of the marine engineering industry. Midshipmen enrolled in any of the Academy’s engineering programs graduate with a Merchant Mariner’s Credential as a Third Assistant Engineer, a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission in one of the U.S. Armed Services.
Three engineering programs are offered at the Academy: Marine Engineering, which focuses on shipboard engineering operations; Marine Engineering Systems, which focuses on the design of shipboard systems and machinery; and Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management, which focuses on the management of shipyards and the production and repair of marine vehicles. All three programs include a combination of fundamental engineering science courses and courses that cover the theory and practice of marine engineering. In addition, to nine semesters in residence at the Academy, all Midshipmen spend a portion of the second and third years at sea on merchant vessels. They also complete a shore-side internship. The Academy’s engineering programs are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard and satisfy the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), as amended. In addition, the Marine Engineering Systems program and the Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management program are both accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
The Engineering Department faculty offices are in Fulton Hall, with classrooms and laboratories in both Fulton and Gibbs Halls. There are laboratories for marine engineering (include diesel engines, steam and gas turbines, pumps, valves, and auxiliary equipment), refrigeration, thermodynamics and heat transfer, fluid mechanics, materials testing, metallurgy, machine shop, welding and pipe fitting, electrical machinery, electric circuits, electronics, controls, engine-room simulation and graphics. The use of the Academy’s extensive laboratories is integrated throughout the academic programs to give Midshipmen numerous opportunities to experience the connection between theory and practice, and to enable them to receive hands-on training in the operation and maintenance of marine machinery.
In addition to required courses, various elective courses are offered in relevant engineering topics. Some of these courses can be grouped to enable Midshipmen to concentrate on a particular area of interest. The department also administers the Academy’s Alternative Power Program through which Midshipmen may complete independent studies related to contemporary issues, such as energy conservation, environmental protection, and the use of alternative fuels.
The Department of Marine Engineering provides Midshipmen with the education and training to design, build, operate, maintain and repair the engineering systems and machinery 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 to serve as a third assistant engineer of steam, motor or gas turbine vessels. The Academy offers three engineering majors: Marine Engineering; Marine Engineering Systems; and 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.
The Program Educational Objectives of three Engineering majors have three common objectives and one particular objective unique to the major. The three common objectives are as follows:
- To prepare the graduates serve as licensed engineering officers in the U.S. Merchant Marine with the ability to advance to Chief Engineer.
- To prepare the graduates to serve in a wide variety of professional positions in the maritime industry.
- To prepare the graduates to pursue graduate study in engineering and/or become licensed as a Professional Engineer if they so choose.
The particular objective for each program is described under the following program headings.
Department of Engineering Faculty
Engineering Sea Project