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Marine Engineering Technology, B.S.

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


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

The Marine Engineering Technology (MET) major incorporates many courses from the Marine Engineering Operations program with additional courses in scien­ce, mathematics, communications, technical science, and laboratory testing methods. Students entering this major are interested in working at sea with the option of becoming a shore-based technologist. You will learn to operate the power-generation, electrical, hydraulic, and many other engineering systems of a floating vessel.

This major leads to a U.S. Coast Guard Engineering License and requires participation in the Maine Maritime Academy Regiment 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).

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 sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination. 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. Professional engineering careers encompass a wide variety of jobs, offering many opportunities and excellent pay, world-wide.

Objectives of the Marine Engineering Technology Major

Three to five years after receiving their B.S. from Maine Maritime Academy, typical Marine Engineering Technology graduates are expected to be:

  • Versatile engineering technologists with the technical and managerial skills necessary to enter a variety of different careers in the marine engineering technology areas of operations, maintenance, and manufacturing.
  • Engineering technologists with competencies in analytical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, communications, and with the ability, and hands-on experience, to apply these skills to support design applications and to solve existing and emerging problems.
  • Engineering technologists who recognize the need for, and who have the ability to, remain current in their chosen field. This will include understanding professional ethics, knowledge of contemporary issues, and the pursuit of lifelong learning.

Outcomes of the Marine Engineering Technology Major

Students will demonstrate the following through the Marine Engineering Technology program of study at the Academy:

a. An appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of their disciplines.
b. An ability to apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications of mathematics, science, engineering and technology.
c. An ability to conduct, analyze and interpret experiments and apply experimental results to improve processes.
d. An ability to apply creativity in the design of systems, components or processes appropriate to program objectives.
e. An ability to function effectively on teams.
f. An ability to identify, analyze and solve technical problems.
g. An ability to communicate effectively.
h. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
i. An ability to understand professional, ethical and social responsibilities.
j. A respect for diversity and a knowledge of contemporary professional, societal and global issues.
k. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

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

ISCED Categories

Personal skills and communication
Environmental protection technology
Machinery and operators
Maritime security