For over 100 years, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. As a member of the cadet corps you will live, study, sail, work and play in an atmosphere that encourages you to be your best.
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 Training Ship (TS) 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.
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 128.5 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.
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.