Marine Engineering - Courses, Colleges, Career, Scope and Salary

A career in Marine Engineering is challenging as well as rewarding. Marine Engineers have complete responsibility of the ship’s engine room. Their responsibilities involve development and designing of the engines related to ships and propulsion system.

Marine scientists work on a variety of subjects that include meteorology, physics, chemistry, geology, physical oceanography, paleontology, and biology.

Marine science or marine engineering also includes archaeology, anthropology, sociology, engineering and other studies of human relationships with the sea. Many marine scientists have multiple specialties or work as part of multi disciplinary teams.

The marine engineers get a NRI status, which is, tax-free income based on their service at sea, ex-India. They also get the opportunity to see the world through sailing as a profession without any extra expense. Luxurious life through lucrative salary comes as a big compensation being away from home.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 10+2 Science with Physics, Chemistry, Maths and English.

  • An entrance examination is conducted, usually in the month of May every year.

  • Important institutes like R.L. Institute of nautical sciences, conduct an all India level online test to gauge the knowledge of students in Psychometric and IQ awareness.  

  • One needs to qualify the Joint Entrance Examination conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) that assesses the candidate’s knowledge of physics, chemistry and mathematics.

  • The examination is followed by personal interviews/counseling, where the interviewers assess the degree of alertness, and awareness of the external environment in the candidates and their suitability for such a career.

Essential Attributes

Marine engineers must possess the following personal attributes to succeed in this field

  • Organizational ability
  • Practicality
  • Ability to get on well with people of all types at all levels in the hierarchy
  • Ability to keep calm under pressure and in crisis
  • Enjoy working with tools
  • Good at conceptualizing forms and structures
  • Knack for numbers
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Physical fitness
  • Liking for the sea travel

Zentech India Pvt. Ltd. is the leading Multinational Corporation for Marine Engineering in India; Image Courtesy:

Career and Job Prospects

There are a lot of opportunities for Marine Engineering graduates in the following fields,

  • The marine Engineers can remain within the ambit of the shipping industry and join marine workshops at land i.e. at the ports.

  • Marine Engineers can join Ship manufacturing Companies, which are equally good paymasters.

  • The shipping industry being the back-bone of the economy of any country, Marine Engineers are employed in the I.T. sector in a major way, apart from the Consultancy Companies like Price Waterhouse Coopers and DCL.

  • Construction Companies, Power sector, Steel industry, and Electronic industry etc.

  • Those who want to join Government Service can join Directorate General Shipping of India.

Those who have a passion for academics can pursue post graduation and enter the field of academics where the demand for qualified academicians in this field is growing very fast.

Salary Package

An average salary of a Marine Engineering graduate is INR 1,143,315. It can be higher if the candidate wishes to join an oil tanker.

In each promotion, the salary goes upward by an addition of USD 1000+.

Indian Maritime University is the top ranked university for Marine Engineering in India 2017; Image Courtesy:

Top 10 Colleges/Institutes for Marine Engineering 2017

1Indian Maritime University ChennaiTamil Nadu
2Vels Academy of Maritime Studies ChennaiTamil Nadu
3Tolani Maritime University MumbaiMaharashtra
4Maharashtra Academy of Naval Education and TrainingMaharashtra
5International Maritime Institute IMI NoidaUttar Pradesh
6International Maritime AcademyTamil Nadu
7Institute of Technology and Marine EngineeringWest Bengal
8Coimbatore Marine CollegeTamil Nadu
9Academy of Maritime Education and TrainingTamil Nadu
10Samudra Institute of Maritime StudiesMaharashtra


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