The Marine Engineering (MENG) program prepares graduates for careers as licensed engineering officers in the United States Merchant Marine and for engineering positions in associated shoreside industries.
The MENG program includes approximately 50 days of practical shipboard training each year to satisfy STCW requirements for sea service. Shipboard training typically takes place during the annual sea term. Students gain practical experience either aboard the USTS Kennedy or aboard commercial merchant ships to experience the maritime industry first-hand. The MENG major requires students to complete four sea terms.
Prior to graduation, students in the MENG program must also qualify as a Third Assistant Engineer, Steam, Motor, and Gas Turbine, Unlimited Horsepower, through examinations administered by the United States Coast Guard. The ultimate goal is to prepare students to eventually reach the level of Chief Engineer.