Marine Engineering - Careers, Salary, Jobs, Scope

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 Brief Summary

Course Name Marine Engineering
Duration 4 years
Level -Degree/Diploma UG & PG Degree
Mode Full Time
Eligibility Graduation with at least 45-50%
Expected fee Rs 3,00,000- Rs 16,80,000
Average Starting Salary Rs 45,000
Tests Accepted IMUCET & TMISAT
Top recruiting companies Varun shipping, Anglo Eastern Shipping Management Limited, Wilco Ship Management and Transport Private Limited, Nortrans Private Limited, Mitsui OSK Line, Neptune Orient lines private, Mobil shipping Co. Limited


Marine Engineering is a branch of engineering that deals with the nautical architecture. It is the study that includes the engineering of boats, ships and other marine structures. Marine Engineering includes the knowledge of mechanical engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science etc. It deals with the designing, constructing, operating and maintenance of the ship function.

Graduates of this field have a variety of job opportunities and roles like preparing the graphical representation of the project, inspecting equipment, conducting or analyzing the structures, installing and repairing of equipment, prepare plans and estimates, monitor functions, coordinate and communicate with other workers. Multi-tasking is a key trait which one must possess.

Candidate gets employed in companies involved in boat building, engineering, transportation, scientific institutions and agencies, etc. Hiring companies are both private and government.

There is no specific number of hours a Marine engineer works. They get to work in different situations, temperatures and environments. Marine engineers may be offshore for a long period of time in the ship. There is a lot of travel involved in marine engineering but there are jobs that require working at back offices.

Students can also check out our Environmental Engineering Article. 

MARINE ENGINEERING: Jobs and Career Opportunities

Marine Engineering offers a variety of job roles and career opportunities. Few of them are listed and explained below:

Marine Surveyor

A marine surveyor inspects and surveys the Marine vessels, cargos and other equipment and reports about their certification. In general, they conduct survey and inspection of the whole ship. They may work for the government or private firms. On average a marine surveyor is offered a salary package of INR 5.5 lakh to INR 6.5 lakh per annum.

Port Manager

A port manager coordinates the activities from one port to another. They are responsible for all the operations taking place at the port. They work closely with logistics and sales managers. Experience plays a vital role in this job. On average a port manager is offered salary package of INR 5 lakh to INR 6 lakh per annum.

Coastal Marine Engineer

A coastal Marine engineer provides services such as designing, development and construction of marine-related equipment. They advise and recommend on the project designs, methods of construction, ideas on operation and system management. A coastal Marine engineer is initially offered a salary package of about INR 6 lakh to INR 7 lakh per annum.

Service Engineer/Mechanical Engineer

A service engineer helps to enhance and develop the engineering software and tools in the day to day working.  They try to resolve the queries and default. They either work on the ship or at the office. A service engineer needs to have good communication skills.  They are offered an average salary package of about INR 3 Lakh to INR 5 lakh per annum.

Ship Operator

The ship operator ensures that the operations are performed in accordance with all sectors of the ship. A ship operator needs to update and forward the requirements of day to day operations. They work as a coordinating agent between the technical team and the superintendent. They are initially offered a salary package of INR 4 lakh to INR 5 lakh per annum.

Few of the other job and career opportunities for marine engineers are-

  • Structural engineer
  • Marine sales manager
  • Lecturer
  • Technical superintendent
  • Trainee Marine engineer


The salary in Marine Engineering is usually paid by rank. A fresher in Marine Engineering is offered a salary package of Rs 2 lakh to Rs 8 lakh per annum. A Marine Engineer with average knowledge in this field is offered a salary package of Rs 11 lakh to Rs 12 lakh per annum. An Experienced Marine engineer is offered a salary package of Rs 20 lakh and above per annum.


Some of the major recruiters for marine engineering candidates are listed below:

  • Shipping Corporation of India
  • Varun shipping
  • Anglo Eastern Shipping Management Limited
  • Wilco Ship Management and Transport Private Limited
  • Nortrans Private Limited
  • Mitsui OSK Line
  • Neptune Orient lines private
  • Mobil shipping Co. Limited
  • Chellaram Shipping Private Limited
  • Ravenscroft shipping Inc.


Marine Engineering offers some specializations. Few of them are listed below:

Maritime Commerce

Maritime commerce includes import and export of product, goods and services through the median of marine. This specialization is the study of commerce industry via shipping.

The specialization gives enormous job opportunities for candidates. The specialization initially offers a salary package of around INR 5 lakh to INR 6 lakh per annum.

Marine Refrigeration

Marine refrigeration is the study of the system which keeps food, drinks, cargo and garbage in proper conditions on board. The specialization studies garbage cooling, fan coils in cold room, evaporators, mortgage cooling, fresh water cooling condensing units, custom built refrigerating rooms and cabinets and more.

Candidates who choose this specialization usually work as assistant refrigeration engineers, refrigeration technician etc. On average they are offered a salary package of INR 5 lakh to INR 8 lakh per annum.

Command and Control System

Command and control system is the system that provides aviation combat element through the mean of command, coordinate and control. Command and control systems can be operated from air or ports.

The specialization helps in combat based marine projects. Students who have opted for this specialization can work with Navy and security in marines in future. This specialization initially offers a salary package of INR 4.5 lakh to INR 5 lakh per annum.

Marine Renewable Energy Research

Marine renewable energy provides knowledge of research of energy sources that include Offshore winds, tides, ocean currents, waves, thermal differences, Biomass, salinity gradient etc.

This specialization studies the production of renewable energy resources from the Marine areas such as the coastline, sea, underwater etc. The specialization initially offers a salary package of INR 5 lakh to INR 6 lakh per annum.


B.Tech/B.E is a 4-year degree type, graduation level course. It is divided into 8 semesters. The detailed syllabus is provided below:

Year Topics
Year 1
  • Communicative English
  • Mathematics
  • Geometrical and engineering drawing
  • Applied electricity and electrical measurements
  • Workshop technology
  • Workshop
  • Electrical lab
  • Economics and Management Science
  • Applied thermodynamics
  • Material science
  • Engineering mechanics
  • Applied mechanics lab
Year 2
  • Machine and Marine drawing
  • Seamanship, sociology, psychology, political science
  • Mechanics of materials
  • Workshop
  • Materials science lab
  • Electronics
  • Mechanics of Fluids
  • Mechanics of Machines
  • Electrical machines
  • Electronics lab
Year 3
  • Fluid machines
  • Mechanics of Machines
  • Computer science
  • Electrical machines
  • Elementary design
  • Computer science lab
  • Electrical machines lab
  • Marine IC engineering
  • Marine boiler and steam engineering
  • Marine auxiliary machine
  • Ship construction
  • Marine electrical technology
  • Applied heat lab
  • Mechanical lab
Year 4
  • Naval architecture
  • Marine IC engineering
  • Marine heat engines and air conditioning
  • Marine machines and system design
  • Marine auxiliary machine
  • Power plant operation
  • Boiler chemical lab
  • STCW and ship fire prevention
  • Marine control engineering and automation
  • Commercial Geography, ship operation and management
  • Gas turbine
  • Technical paper and project
  • Fire control lab
  • Control and simulator lab

Popular Colleges offering MARINE ENGINEERING

A few colleges offer Marine Engineering. Below is a list of colleges offering this course-

College Eligibility Criteria Fee
Marine Engineering and Research Institute, Kolkata
  • The Candidates are eligible for admission if they qualify their 10+2 with minimum 60% marks in the mandatory subject which are physics, chemistry, mathematics (PCM) and minimum 50% marks in English.
  • Candidates should also qualify IMUCET (Indian Maritime University Common Entrance Test).
Rs 9.00 Lakh (for female candidates its Rs 5.80 Lakh)
RL Institute of Nautical Sciences, Madurai
  • The candidates are eligible to apply if they qualify 10+2 with minimum 60%, with knowledge of mandatory subject’s physics, chemistry, mathematics (PCM) and securing minimum 50% marks in English.
  • Candidates should not be colour blind or night blind
Rs 12.10 Lakh
Tolani Maritime Institute, Pune
  • Interested candidates can apply online or offline by submitting the required information.
  • Candidates should appear for the online test of the institute TMISAT (Tolani Maritime Institute of Science aptitude test) and IMUCET (Indian Maritime University common entrance test).
RS  16.70 Lakh
HIMT College, Chennai The candidates are eligible to apply for admission of disqualified they are 10 + 2 with aggregate 60% in the mandatory subjects that are physics, chemistry, mathematics (PCM) and minimum 50% in English. Rs 7.00 Lakh
Coimbatore Marine College, Tamil Nadu
  • Candidates are eligible for admission if they qualify (10+2) with an average mark of 60% in the mandatory subject’s physics chemistry, mathematics (PCM) and 50% marks in English.
  • Candidate should not be colour blind or night blind.
  • The minimum height of the candidate should be 157 centimeters.
Rs 11.60 Lakh


A candidate should pass 10+2 from an affiliated university with knowledge and study of Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics (PCM).

As for as Post graduation education in Marine Engineering is concerned, students who have qualified B.Tech can choose for M.Tech as an advanced course option.

A typical entry-level job qualification for Marine Engineering is a bachelor’s degree in the same (B.Tech or B.E).

Apart from the educational qualification as stated above a candidate applying for this specialization must have certain skills such good language proficiency, good physical fitness, organizing skill, Team Spirit, practical thinking, mathematics and IT skills, technical and scientific knowledge, patience and awareness.

Candidates applying for the specialization must keep in mind that they should have no deficiency in Eyes, he/she should not be less than 42 kilograms, the minimum height should be 150 centimeters, and the candidate should not be less than 17 years and more than 25 years of age.

Why should you choose MARINE ENGINEERING?

As per Outlook, there will be a 9% growth in the job opportunities from 2014 to 2024 for Marine Engineering.

Marine Engineering gives a variety of options and opportunities related to the career which is in private, educational, corporate and governmental sectors. Hard working workers have a lot of scopes and return from the specialization. There will be job growth in India as well as in abroad.

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