The Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (ME) program prepares graduates for careers as licensed engineering officers in the United States Merchant Marine and for engineering positions in associated shoreside industries.
The ME program consists of a four-year sequence of courses as defined in the MMA Course Catalog. The ME program requires students to obtain 132.5 academic credits through classroom and hands-on laboratory instruction, including 45.5 credits of general education. The ME major courses include common applied engineering courses along with marine engineering specific STCW courses. In addition to the academic credits, the students earn 24 credits - six credits each for Sea Terms I thru IV. There are also zero-credit requirements for STCW Basic Safety, Firefighting, Lifeboat, CPR, and Engine Room Resource Management training.
The ME program includes approximately 50 days of practical shipboard training each year to satisfy STCW requirements for sea service. Shipboard training is typically during the annual January thru February Sea Term, either aboard the Academy's Training Ship (T.S.) KENNEDY, or for juniors, aboard commercial merchant ships to experience the maritime industry first hand.
Scheduled during May of their eighth semester, students in the ME 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 aim is to prepare the student to eventually reach the level of Chief Engineer.
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