Bare the Hardship to Take Your Ship towards Success!

Prof. Ch. Sanjay

ME (CAD), Ph.d. (PE)

Director, GITAM, Hyd.

     Marine engineering broadly refers to the engineering of boats, ships, oil rigs and any other marine vessel or structure. Specifically, it is the discipline of applying engineering sciences, mostly mechanical and electrical engineering, to the development, design, operation and maintenance of watercraft propulsion and on-board systems;
e.g. power and propulsion plants, machinery, piping, automation and control systems etc. for marine vehicles of any kind like surface ships and submarines. A career in Marine Engineering is challenging and rewarding. Marine engineers have complete responsibility of the ship's engine room and range from development and designing of the engines related to ships and propulsion system.
Careers in Marine Engineering

      A marine engineer is a professional who is responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of all major mechanical and engineered equipment on board a ship. Ships these days use the most modern technology and equipment that can be understood, maintained and handled only by marine engineers.
This job requires a high degree of discipline and responsibility since the chief marine engineer is in charge of a ship and its cargo which cost millions of dollars. They have to spend months together at the sea which can get tiresome and they might get homesick. But all the hardship is compensated with the pay, which is obscenely high even at the starting level, with the time off (4-6 months in a year) and with the chance to sail around the world. The demand for marine engineers in public and private shipping companies has risen sharply, with the increase in international global sea traffic. The construction, operations and maintenance of the engine room are the main obligations of a marine engineer. This means that they deal with the technical area of the ship.
Eligibility Criteria
     For doing a bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering or nautical science one should have passed 10 + 2 science with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English. The course is of 4 years duration. After successful completion of the course, degree viz. B E or BTech is awarded to the students. In most institutes candidates are admitted through an entrance examination, which is normally held in the month of May every year at various centres all over India followed by viva-voice and medical examination.
     Starting salary of a fresh marine engineering graduate are usually higher than other engineering branches. It can go even high if the candidate wishes to join an oil tanker. There are various levels from first engineer to fourth engineer culminating in Chief Engineer.

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