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Marine Engineering

Branch overview

The idea of starting the Marine Engineering course was mooted because of the age-old links of maritime trade and a long coastline, boosting the enormous marine and oil wealth. With the defense and protective needs of the Country, Visakhapatnam was long "destined" to become not only a viable Port City but also a center of learning of Marine Engineering. In 1965 with the concurrence of ministry of education, ministry of shipping and transport, the Government of India and the Directorate General of Shipping; Marine Engineering specialization was introduced in the form of 'electives' to undergraduate students of Mechanical Engineering.

In 1971, Marine Engineering course was started with the approval of the Ministry of Education and AICTE. In 1981, again the course was restructured as Marine Engineering and Mechanical handling specialization to cater to the needs of the industry. The department of Marine Engineering was constituted in the year 1981. The department here is a shining example of the coordination that exists between the university and the local Marine and Shipping organizations. A training program for the engine/Deck cadets of Dredging Corporation of India Limited (DCI) has been continuing since 1977 in the department.

With increasing onshore and offshore oil explorations activities and the Potential Wealth of Marine resources, a four year BE (Naval Architecture) degree course was started in the year 1981, to cater the needs of Hindustan Shipyard Limited, Naval Science Technological Labs, National Ship Design and Research Center, Indian Navy and Visakhapatnam Port Trust.

Very recently, the course is restructured as NAME (Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering) with the intake of 30 students keeping in mind the employability of the students and the market dynamics. More focus towards Naval Architecture without disturbing the content of Marine Engineering. Now the students are more eligible to work as Naval Architects who design the ships at various shipyards of both public and private sectors as well as Marine Engineers in the ships by obtaining a formal training. To work as Marine Engineer in the ship, Andhra University students have to take a formal training (MOT) either at Chennai or Mumbai. Andhra University doesn’t have DG Shipping approval (Which is essential) hence our students can not directly board the ship as 5th Marine Engineer.


Just like any other admission process into other branches of Andhra University Engineering College, it is required to obtain a good score in EAMCET to fetch a seat in this branch.

Higher education options with the branch:

In India:

IIT Chennai and IIT Kharagpur Many top American and European Universities are offering Masters Program. Many of our students and pursued masters as well as Doctorial Programs

United States of America
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor : Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology : Ocean Engineering and Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering
  • Texas A&M College Station : Ocean Engineering
  • University of New Orleans : Naval & Marine Engineering
  • University of Rhode Island
  • Oregan State University
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • University of College - London
  • The University of Strathclyde
  • University of Southampton
  • Newcastle University
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Australian Maritime College
  • Flinders University
Singapore: Nanyang Technological University
Sweden: Chalmers University of Technology
Portugal: Technical University of Lisbon
Netherlands: Netherlands Maritime University
Malaysia: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Korea: Chosun University and University of Ulsan

Course Analysis:
Since 1981 Andhra University was the only university offering this course along with Cochin University in the entire south India. Now Indian Maritime University, AMET deemed University Chennai, IIT Kharagpur offering this course at undergraduate level. IIT Chennai is offering only PG Program.

Job prospects (Govt. and private) and job demand in the market

As far as campus recruitment is concerned, till 2012 Andhra University students got selected for both public and private sector. Each student used to leave the campus with two jobs in hand provided if the candidate is completed his/her course successfully.

Marine Engineers in trainee level can expect around Rs. 30,000 – Rs. 40,000 per month. After gaining knowledge and experience, one can earn more.

Top companies offering jobs

As a Naval Architect: Shipping Corporation of India, all shipyards in India and Abroad, NSTL and DRDOs

As Marine Engineers: All Shipping Transport Companies in India and Abroad

Companies (Overseas) offering Jobs to Naval Architects
  • American Bureau of Shipping
  • STX Marine
  • SBM Offshore Group
  • Kongsberg Oil & Gas Tech.
  • Kellogg Brown Root
  • Noble Denton
  • Det Norske Veritas
  • International Register of Shipping
  • Technip
  • Technology Associates
  • A.K.Suda
  • Mc Dermott
  • Noble Denton
  • Det Norske Veritas
  • Dubai Drydocks
  • STX Marine
  • Dry Docks World
  • PPL Shipyard
  • Semb Group
  • Keppel Fels
Colleges offering the course:
  • AU College of Engineering
  • Anna University
  • Coimbatore Marine College
  • International Maritime Academy, Chennai (IMA)
  • Naval Maritime Academy - Visakhapatnam
  • Praveenya Institute of Marine Engineering and Maritime Studies

I Niranjan Kumar, Professor,
AU College of Engineering
Published date : 20 Jun 2015 05:06PM

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