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Ocean Engineering
Ocean Engineers study the world's ocean environment and apply their knowledge of engineering to analyze its effects on vessels and structures. Ocean engineers are also involved with deep sea exploration and may work to design or operate ocean platforms or sub-surface vehicles.  Career paths for Ocean Engineers can lead to many industries including governmental options.  Some will focus on remote sensing, while others work on climate monitoring, environmental protection, oil recovery,  underwater vehicle development, or defense. According to the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Ocean Engineers may design and operate stationary ocean platforms, or manned or remote-operated sub-surface vehicles used for deep sea exploration. 

Those interested in a career in ocean engineering should consider reviewing engineering programs that are accredited by ABET, Inc. If you choose to attend a program that is not ABET accredited, you should be sure that the university is regionally accredited. Ocean engineering students take courses such as Remote Sensing, Corrosion, Marine Geomechanics, Marine Hydrodynamics, Acoustics and Data Analysis, and Composite Materials. 

Students seeking ocean engineering jobs enhance their employment opportunities by participating in internship or co-op programs offered through their schools. These experiences provide the students with broad knowledge and experience, making them more attractive candidates to employers. Most universities offer co-op and internship programs for students studying ocean engineering, and most schools are located on or near the coastline. Click here for more information.

Professional Organizations

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
American Society of Mechanical Engineer's Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineer's Oceanic Engineering Society
The Marine Technology Society
The Oceanography Society

Other Links

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute


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