Marine Engineers

Marine Engineer at Work

Marine engineers are specialized engineers who help design, construct, and maintain ships, boats, and other surface and subsurface water vessels and structures, including the steering, propulsion, and other systems of ships. They also design equipment that is used in ocean research. Marine engineering is actually an interdisciplinary combination of many engineering specialties (including acoustical, chemical, civil, electrical, electronics, hardware, marine, materials, mechanical, and software engineering) and marine science principles, physics, and mathematics. Approximately 8,300 marine engineers are employed in the United States. Marine engineers are also called naval engineers, naval architects, and ocean engineers.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Coastal Engineers, Naval Architects, Naval Engineers, Ocean Engineers
Duties Design, construct, and maintain ships, boats, and other water vessels and their systems as well as structures such as oil drilling platforms and oceanographic research equipment
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide with high demand in Texas, Virginia, Florida, Washington, and Maryland
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Math
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Consultant, or College Professor
  • Chief Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Marine Engineer
  • Junior Engineer

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