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What is Marine Engineering?

Posted May 20, 2008 9:32 AM by Steve Melito
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Editor's Note: CR4 would like to thank Mark State for providing this information, and for writing a description for the Marine Engineering user group. Cheers, Mark!

The Scope of Marine Engineering

Although best known for ship design, building completion and field testing; the field of Marine Engineering encompasses all human/aquatic interface engineering activities. Wherever mankind meets or employs the enormous aqueous environment of the world, there you will find Marine Engineers, often joining with other engineering professionals to investigate, resolve, and design solutions for pertinent engineering questions.

Shore protection; undersea construction and mining activities; docks and piers including bridge piers; i.c., e.c. (nuclear and boiler steam) turbine, SWERF and hydro station operation; pneumatics and hydraulics design and applications; sea life and oceanic studies; liquid and steam transport; aquaria and aquaculture systems; HVAC; spill control; aqueous waste and purification; flow and flood control; canals and locks; Naval architecture (hull-sail-propeller- technical testing and design for water transport and other aquatic emplacements); technical crew operations specializing in every type of propulsion, cargo transport, and variety of ship; all aspects of shipyard and port operations; and marine law and forensics are a few of the major areas of activity encompassed by the profession.

Marine Engineering Education

Marine Engineering education can be obtained in both higher education facilities and the military, with provision made for basic accreditation through sea-going employment apprenticeship and correspondence-courses. 'Hands-on' aspects of training include precision machining, welding, sea rescue, advanced fire fighting skills, and in some countries e.m.t. training where the engineers at sea are co-opted as ship's medical officers. International treaty enforces a common education in a common language – English - worldwide because this is a portable profession. No academic upgrading is required to gain professional recognition by any country in the world.

All Marine Engineers –regardless of whether they are employed at sea or not- are ships' officers; are able to be licensed to captain vessels up to 100 meters in length; and are required to attend constant upgrading courses in order to retain and/or advance their professional level of standing, which ranges from 'fourth class' (Marine Engineering graduate with minimum required sea time and certificate of competency examinations) up to 'first class' (salty with graduate-level written and oral examinations in applied mechanics, thermodynamics, electrotechnology, and naval architecture). In popular science fiction, spaceship engineers of the future are based upon the Marine Engineer model.

CR4's Marine Engineering User Group

The logo for CR4's Marine Engineering User Group is an interlocked geometric shape in a Greek key design representing technical husbandry, and is often embodied in first class Marine Engineering officer uniform's epaulettes and jacket sleeve designs, the final design depending upon navies or employer companies.


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Re: What is Marine Engineering?

08/28/2009 6:39 AM

Marine Engineering actually involves the construction, design, installation, operation and support of the systems and equipment which control marine vehicles & supporting marine Infrastructure

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Re: What is Marine Engineering?

11/29/2009 2:47 AM

Hi, rachelbrenchley!

Welcome to CR4!

I hope you enjoy the site, both creating and participating in all kinds of threads in all kinds of engineering disciplines, where your input will be valued. It's always a pleasure to welcome another Marine Engineer on board this amazing multi-disciplinary website where your input will be welcomed.

If you have not yet done so, you are invited to join the Marine Engineers' group in CR4, and display the logo next to (or below, rather) your name.

Thanks for your input on this item, which is not really a thread so much as an information piece: linked from the information in the Marine Engineering membership section for a more in-depth review of the subject area. The information you provided above is already contained in the first line of the article, "Although best known for ship design, building completion, and field testing...", and elsewhere in the piece.

All the best,


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