What is Marine Engineering? Which Colleges are offering this course at Graduation Level? What are its Job Prospects?


Marine Engineering combines the topics of transport, warfare, exploration, and natural resource retrieval in or on the water.  Marine Engineers design, constructs, and helps operate naval vessels.  They are also concerned with such things as propulsion of ships, steering, vibration, cargo handling, electrical power distribution, air conditioning, hydrodynamic characteristics, hull forms, stability, and the general usefulness of vessels for their intended purposes.

Course Eligibility:

To be eligible for the course, you must have passed +2 with the subject combination of Physics, Chemistry and Math. To get admission in this institute, you will have to qualify Joint Entrance Exam conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology. The maximum age limit to apply for the course is 20 years. The duration of the course is 4 years.

Best colleges for Marine Engineering in India are

Berhampur University, Mangalore University, Goa University, University of Madras, Chennai School of Ship Management, Cochin University, Annamalai University,Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur, College of Engineering, Anna University, Tolani Maritime Institute, Induri

Job Prospects of a Marine Engineer

A marine engineer is a professional who is responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of all major mechanical and engineered equipments on board a ship.

The demand for Marine Engineers in public and private shipping companies has risen sharply, with the increase in international global sea traffic.  The construction, operations and maintenance of the engine room are the main obligations of a marine engineer. This means that they deal with the technical area of the ship. In fact, they are the overall in-charge of the engine and its crew.

The top rung of the hierarchical ladder is the post of a chief engineer. Marine engineers usually sail for 15-20 years after which they take land jobs in shipyards, maritime universities or in management of a shipping company. There are job opportunities in other sectors too like banks, hotels and power plants.


The pay is very attractive. A marine engineer at operational level (first rung after the 6 months training) earns between Rs 44,000 to Rs 88,000 a month. This goes up to Rs 3-4 lakh a month with promotions. A chief engineer would earn anything around Rs 5 lakh per month. These figures can change with the size, type and flag of the ship.