Marine Engineers

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 6,640 marine engineers are employed in the United States. Marine engineers are also called naval engineers, naval architects, and ocean engineers.

Quick Facts
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
Alternate Title(s) Coastal Engineers, Naval Architects, Naval Engineers, Ocean Engineers
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide with high demand in Texas, Virginia, Florida, Washington, and Maryland
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Internship
  • Math
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Consultant, or College Professor
  • Chief Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Marine Engineer
  • Junior Engineer

Related Industries

Become a Vault Basic Member

Complete your Vault Profile and get seen by top employers