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Marine Engineering Operations, B.S.

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 8 semesters
Cost $13.478 In-State; $27.098 Out-of-State

The Marine Engineering Operations (MEO) major focuses on the operations of power-generation, electrical, hydraulic, and many other engineering systems of a floating vessel. Although you’ll train to be a specialist in marine engineering operations, you’ll find that this major allows you ample flexibility to work in areas such as off -shore oil exploration, shoreside power generation, or business.

This major leads to a U.S. Coast Guard engineering license and requires participation in the Maine Maritime AcademyRegiment of Midshipmen.

Sea Time & Co-op Training

All candidates seeking a 3rd Assistant Engineer license from the U.S. Coast Guard are required to complete 180 sea days of training. Sea time is accomplished through specialized laboratories, simulation, and three distinct training cruises: at the conclusion of the first and third years, students go aboard the college’s Training Ship State of Maine in May and June for at least 60 days; at the end of the second year, students are placed aboard a commercial merchant ship, tanker, bulk carrier, container ship, or cruise liner (referred to as cadet shipping) for an additional 60 days of training.

Dynamic Career Options

Successful completion of the program leads to the Bachelor of Science degree and, after passing a federal examination, a U.S. Coast Guard Third Assistant Engineer’s license. Graduates of this program are also eligible to apply for a Maine Third Class Stationary Power Plant Operator’s license. The program provides the graduate with a background for work in many areas of the maritime industry, both at sea and ashore, as well as in non-maritime industries such as public utilities and manufacturing. Graduates are employed by shipping firms throughout the world, and by power generation and energy production companies.

Structural components
Ship training
Internship/Workplace experience
Practical/Field work
Research Project

ISCED Categories

Environmental protection technology
Machinery and operators
Maritime security