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Ocean Engineering - Career, Salary and Colleges


Ocean Engineering offers highly rewarding career opportunities in the water world. It’s one of the hot career choices for undergraduate science students and graduate engineers willing to pursue postgraduate studies.

Various engineering colleges and universities in India offers programs in Ocean Engineering and awards degrees like Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.), Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.), Master of Technology (M.Tech.) etc.

Research programs leading to the award of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and postdoctoral research programs are also offered in different universities and research institutions. Students who study Ocean Engineering are called Ocean Engineers.

Ocean Engineers study engineering sciences, and receive training in core study areas related to Ocean Engineering and Naval Architecture. A course in Ocean Engineering also teaches Hydrostatics and Stability, Marine Hydrodynamics, Ship Strength, Resistance and Propulsion, Marine Construction and Welding, Vibration of Floating Structures, Computer Aided Marine Design and Production, Design of Marine Vehicles, Motion and Control, Marine Production and Planning, and Marine Systems. However, curriculum in Ocean Engineering may vary from institute to institute.

The study of Ocean Engineering establishes vital links between other Oceanographic disciplines like physical oceanography, chemical oceanography, geophysics, marine biology and marine geology.

Designing skills and technical know-how are essential for oceanographers thus encouraging Ocean Engineers to become Oceanographers.

Ocean Engineers invent Oceanographic instruments and devices for use by Oceanographers. These inventions have revolutionized the know-how about Oceans and their impacts on ecosystem.

Examples of some of the great inventions of the past are mentioned here- computer- and satellite-linked buoys and floats, sediment traps, ocean seismometers (instruments that measure seafloor movement in a manner similar to the way seismographs measure earthquake activity on land), underwater video equipment, acoustic measuring devices (instruments that make it possible to “sense” underwater objects and seafloor formations), and underwater vehicles, including submersibles and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).

Ocean Engineering is an interdisciplinary study area. Students who enroll in Ocean Engineering programs at college and university level also study subjects like mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, acoustical engineering and chemical engineering.

Experts in the education and engineering domains recognize ocean engineering as exceptionally systems oriented field because of its interdisciplinary nature.

Eligibility Criteria

Ocean Engineering in India as a study discipline is offered in different engineering colleges and universities. Various programs like undergraduate, postgraduate and research are conducted in the universities.

  • To join under graduate level program in Ocean Engineering candidates require 10 + 2 level or an equivalent educational qualification with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English.
  • Entrance Examinations like IIT JEE are conducted for admission. On successful completion of undergraduate program, degrees like, Bachelor of Engg. (B.E.) / Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) are awarded.
  • To join Post Graduate program in Ocean Engineering candidates need to qualify the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE).
  • Various university departments and research institutes offer research programs in Ocean Engineering for GATE / and CSIR NET qualified candidates.

Career and Job Prospects

The services of Ocean Engineers are sought by both government and private agencies in India as well as overseas. Ocean Engineers also get employment in the private, educational, corporate, and other sectors.

Some other industries where Ocean Engineers are considered for employment are: Offshore Oil Recovery, Marine metals and corrosion, Environmental Protection, Global Climate Monitoring, Renewable Energy, Underwater Vehicles, Remote Sensing, Marine Transportation, or Naval Architecture and Defense. The life of an Ocean Engineer is full with adventures and challenges. 

Salary Package

Ocean Engineers enjoy full rendezvous of great oceans; but they are always at the risk of varied oceanic circumstances both physical and geographical. Ocean Engineers need to be mentally tough and physically fit to carry out fresh challenges every time.

Ocean Engineers are respected professionals and integral part of the society and well paid too. A graduate in Ocean Engineering normally earns Rs 35,000 in the beginning of his career.

Ocean Engineers enjoy facilities of medical care, paid accommodation, and entertainment benefits. Based on promotion and experience, your earning increases manifold over the years.

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Top 10 Colleges/Institutes for Ocean Engineering 2017

Ocean Engineering in India is offered at undergraduate and postgraduate level in following colleges / universities / institutes

1Indian Maritime University (IMU) Chennai
2Vels Academy of Maritime Studies Chennai
3Tolani Maritime Institute(TMI) Mumbai
4Maharashtra Academy of Naval Education & Training (MANET) Pune
5International Maritime Institute (IMI) Noida
6International Maritime Academy (IMA) Chennai
7Institute of Technology & Marine Engineering (ITME) Kolkata
8Coimbatore Marine College (CMC)
9Academy of Maritime Education & Training (AMET University)
10Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies Mumbai

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