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
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. The following is a list of universities offering accredited degree programs in ocean
Be sure to check
with ABET for updates and changes.
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.
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Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
Society of Mechanical Engineer's Ocean, Offshore and Arctic
of Electrical and Electronic Engineer's Oceanic Engineering
Marine Technology Society
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Hole Oceanographic Institute