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What Are Ocean Engineering Courses Like? - Friday, August 26, 2016

Ocean Engineering Courses?

Are you considering an ocean engineer? Do you find yourself clicking around different ocean engineering school websites, picturing yourself there?

If so, the best way to attain that goal is to find an accredited university or school of higher education and take courses to help further your professional opportunities in the future.

But what exactly is a college-level Ocean Engineering course like?

Ocean Engineering Courses?

Ebrahim Bootwala studies ocean engineering and is currently seeking an internship.

"My experience as a student studying ocean engineering has been very interesting”, says Ebrahim Bootwala, an undergraduate student of Ocean Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology. He says his course of study will let him branch into various specialized career paths, such as ocean energy, offshore engineering, oil and gas & naval architecture.

"Our classes were challenging, but with the help of highly qualified professors, our work became easy."

At universities like FIT, Ocean Engineering programs are offered to both undergraduate and graduate students. Most undergraduate programs have a single, straightforward track requiring 135 credits in science, engineering, and mathematics.

Conversely, graduate programs for Ocean Engineering can earn their degree in a number of ways. The M.S. in ocean engineering can be earned on either a full-time or part-time basis by students who have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours (including thesis) of course work. A non thesis option is also offered with three additional courses required instead of thesis research. For a Doctor of Philosophy degree, 48 credit hours are required (including 24 hours of dissertation) beyond the master's degree.

Regardless of whether you’re looking for an undergraduate or graduate degree, and regardless of which of the 20 Americans universities currently boosting Ocean Engineering Programs (FIT included) you decide to pursue your degree at, students must prove proficiency in academic fundamentals, practical engineering application, teamwork & communication and professional development.

A student looking to pursue a career in Ocean Engineering has their work cut out for them. The professional opportunities, however, are limitless to an ocean engineer. Opportunities exist for Ocean Engineers in the private, educational, corporate, and governmental sectors.

Some career areas to consider are:

  • Offshore Oil Recovery
  • Marine Metals and Corrosion
  • Coastal Construction
  • Global Climate Monitoring
  • Renewable Energy
  • Underwater Vehicles
  • Remote Sensing
  • Marine Transportation
  • Naval Architecture
  • Instrumentation Design

Many Ocean Engineering programs even boast diving programs where students are trained professionally to receive a diving license, as well as the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers certification.

For those interested in the professional world available to ocean engineers, the best way to get started is to visit orientation sessions at accredited universities and learn more. 

Ebrahim is currently looking for an ocean engineering internship. He says he has experience helping engineers with ship design and ensuring that all the parts and equipment were placed according to the ship drawings. Through FIT’s Ocean Engineering program, he has gained experience in designing valve assembly, brackets, mouse, oldham coupling, soap cases, flowtee forging, flowtee machining, pulley casting & machining, elbow spring, handles, radial engine assembly, pipe vice assembly, sheet metal design & surfacing with the help of SolidWorks and Creo computer-aided design software.

Ebrahim has the following advice for aspiring ocean engineers: 

"I would encourage more students to come to Florida Tech Ocean Engineering Orientation, where they can get more information and meet our professors”


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