Career in Marine Engineering, Scope, Jobs, Salary

Career in Marine Engineering, Scope, Jobs, Salary

The 4-year duration course of Marine Engineering stresses on the application of various disciples of Engineering including electrical, mechanical, computer, and electronic engineering towards the design, development, operation, as well as the maintenance of ships and watercraft propulsion. Marine Engineering goes beyond subject areas like automation, control systems, machinery, propulsion plants, and power plants. There are various specialisations within Marine Engineering in India and these include naval architecture, mechanical engineering, oceanographic engineering, and offshore engineering.

Courses available

If you have completed the 12th standard with subjects including physics, mathematics, and chemistry, you can pursue the graduate level Marine Engineering course. There are also the diploma courses available. Some of the courses provided by the leading Marine Engineering institutes in India include:

  • B.E. or B.Tech.- Marine Engineering
  • Diploma in Marine Engineering
  • M. Tech in Marine Engineering

While the duration of the Marine Engineering graduate course is 4 years, the diploma course is of shorter duration and is of 2 years only. Obviously, the graduate course offers better and officer grade job opportunities later and should be preferred over the diploma course.

After completing the Marine Engineering graduate level course of 4 years, the aspirant is also required to spend at least 6 months at sea in a professional job role, before he/she actually gets the  Marine Engineering degree.

Colleges that provide courses in Marine Engineering are distributed throughout India. If you want to pursue a career in this field, enrol yourself at a certified Institute that has a good placement record for students. The certificate degree is awarded by the Ministry of shipping itself. Hence you should see to it that you are pursuing this course at an institution that has been approved by the DGS or Directorate General of Shipping, as well as by AICTE or All India Council for Technical Education.

Job opportunities

Deck Cadet on Navigation Officer job role is awarded to those who possess the qualification of Marine Engineering, and this is one of the most popular and prominent placement options for those who have completed The Marine Engineering 4 year course. Some of the other career options for the graduates include:

  • Power Plant Specialists
  • Merchant Navy
  • Technical Superintendent
  • Surveyors
  • ÂOffshore Engineers
  • Naval Architecture Specialist
  • Jobs at hotels (including the five-star hotels that have the boiler and AC plants)

There are also many job opportunities present in the government sector, as the government itself owns and runs ships and shipyards. Other than that there are jobs at the offices of the shipping companies and at other places. With experience, the job opportunities further increase and there is a hike in salary as well.

Pay scale

Marine Engineering is one of the most lucrative career options open to the Indian students. Marine Engineering graduates get somewhere between INR 45000 to INR 65000 as their initial monthly salary. With experience and extended duration of service, the salary packages increase manifold and maybe up to INR 19 lakhs per annum.

Marine Engineering is a very lucrative career path that throws at the graduates' multiple career opportunities, excellent remuneration, tour opportunities, and also provides to them scope for further and higher studies.

Marine Engineering is the study of disciple dealing with the engineering of ships, boats, oil rigs, marine vessels, marine structures and also includes Oceanographic Engineering.