Marine Engineering Technology

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:

1. Versatile engineering technologists with the technical and managerial skills necessary to enter a variety of different careers in the field of marine engineering technology areas of operations, maintenance, and manufacturing.
2. 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.

Outcomes of the Marine Engineering Technology Major

Student Outcomes of the Marine Engineering Technology major are as follows:

1. An ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline.
2. An ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline.
3. An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
4. An ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes.
5. An ability to function effectively as a member as well as a leader on technical teams.

In the 2019 Fall semester, enrollment in the Marine Engineering Technology program was 179. During Academic Year 2018-2019, 35 students graduated from the program.

For a list of courses per year, by semester, see the Undergraduate Course Catalog.

For information on U.S. Coast Guard licenses, please visit the National Maritime Center website.

The Marine Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

ABET - Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission