HomeTraditional School Articles → Chart A Course For A Career In Marine Technology

Chart a Course for a Career in Marine Technology

From the time Christopher Columbus set sail for the New World in 1492 to the present day, sea travel has been a critical part of the United States' history and economic development. The oceans provide the means for a cruise vacation, military and naval initiatives, and a thriving import and export business.

Environmental Science

Technology now plays a critical role in sea travel and exploration, whether for pleasure, business or military purposes. Whereas young people fascinated by the sea once ran off to scrub decks, today the field of marine technology offers many employment options. Online marine technology schools are helping prepare students interested in becoming marine engineers or naval architects. After graduation, these professionals can help lead the way in new innovations for ship building and design and the creation of propulsion machinery to help explore the oceans and their contents.

Seasickness and other concerns about a career as a marine engineer or naval architect

Both marine engineers and naval architects design and supervise the construction of everything from aircraft carriers to submarines to sailboats to tankers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Once you have decided that a career as a marine engineer or naval architect is in your future, there are a few items to consider as you pursue a degree and begin investigating job opportunities.

  • You don't have to live near the coast to find job placement. Although it is true that many marine engineering and naval architecture responsibilities are found close to the water, many employers will provide travel to project locations.
  • Don't worry if you have a tendency to get seasick. Many marine technology career opportunities can be found on land including teaching, research and security.
  • The BLS expects marine engineers and naval architects to experience employment growth of six percent between 2008 and 2018. In 2008, 8,500 individuals were employed in the field. By factoring in the six percent growth estimate, this number is anticipated to increase to 9,000 by 2018. The median annual salary for individuals in the field was $74,140 in 2008, with the highest 10 percent of salaries equaling $118,630 annually and $43,070 per year being earned by those being compensated in the lowest 10 percent.

Online marine technology schools: It's a sea of opportunity, so dive in!

The BLS reports that the majority of entry-level engineering positions require a bachelor's degree. Pursuing your degree via marine technology classes online offers many benefits. The convenience and flexibility of building your own schedule and completing work at a pace you establish allows you to continue to meet the demands of work and/or family. Commuting students no longer have to be concerned with fitting travel time into their plans and finding a parking space on campus is no longer a worry as it is when attending traditional campus-based programs. As an online marine technology school student, you will also enjoy the benefits of expert instruction without the hassle of relocating to attend the school of your desire. On-campus projects may be required by some online marine technology schools, so it is important to consult with admissions staff prior to enrolling to be sure you can meet the program's requirements.

Once enrolled in an online marine technology program to earn a bachelor's degree, you can anticipate taking courses including:

  • Mechanics of marine technology
  • Ship dynamics
  • Control circuits
  • Electric machinery
  • Marine design
  • Technical writing
  • Differential equations
  • Thermodynamics

Making a splash after graduating from an online marine technology program

Following successful completion of an online marine technology program, you may be required to earn licensure. In fact, all 50 states and the District of Columbia require engineers who offer their services directly to the public to be licensed. Once licensed, you will be called a professional engineer or PE. Licensure can be obtained as follows:

  • Earning a degree from an Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ABET) accredited engineering program, having four years of relevant work experience and completing a state examination; or
  • If you are a recent graduate you can take the licensure exam in two parts. Following graduation you are eligible to sit for the initial Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. If you pass, you may be termed an engineer in training (EIT) or engineer intern (EI). After obtaining the appropriate amount of work experience, EITs can take the second exam called the Principles for Practicing Engineering exam.

Continuing education is also an option for graduates of online marine technology programs. Two common graduate degree options are the Master of Marine Engineering and a master of science degree in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture. Graduate programs may take two years to complete.


    Searching Searching ...

    Matching School Ads
    Good for Working Adults
    • Ranked among the 2015 Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report.
    • Designated as a Military Friendly School every year since 2012 by Victory Media.
    • Offers credit for prior learning and experience through assessment tests.
    • Provides a short term Leadership Certification program in partnership with EQUIP®.
    • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
    Show more [+]
    • Accredited
    • Online Courses
    • Flexible Scheduling
    • Financial Aid
    • Transferable Credits
    • Students can complete an entry-level technician program in about a year, and manufacturer training and graduate in as little as 18 months.
    • Provides technical education training programs for automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle, and marine technicians.
    • Partners with many well-known manufacturers, including General Motors, Porsche Cars North America Inc., and BMW of North America LLC.
    • Offers internships to students and alumni for first-hand experience.
    • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
    Show more [+]
    • Financial Aid
    M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Science
    • A private, Christian, liberal arts university founded in 1905 and open to students of any faith.
    • Has an average class size of 20 students.
    • 97% of students receive financial aid, with the average freshman receiving $10,000.
    • Offers over 25 undergraduate degree programs.
    • Has approximately 5,000 students; 60% female and 40% male.
    • Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
    Show more [+]
    • Online Courses
    • Flexible Scheduling
    • Accelerated Programs
    • Financial Aid
    • Transferable Credits
    Small Engine Repair
    • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
    • Offers programs in psychology/social work, business management, medical billing, criminal justice, and more.
    • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
    • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
    Show more [+]
    • Online Courses
    Diesel Mechanics
    • Flexible Online Learning — Career programs designed for anytime learning.  Study when you have time and test when you feel ready.
    • Accredited and Supported — Regionally and nationally accredited programs with expert instructors available to answer your questions.
    • Affordable Tuition — 0% interest and low monthly payment plans.
    • Accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
    • Founded in 1890 in Scranton, Pennsylvania    
    Show more [+]
    • Online Courses
    • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
    • Ranked 37th among the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
    • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
    • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
    • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
    Show more [+]
    • Accredited
    • Online Courses
    • Financial Aid
    • Transferable Credits
    • Designated as a 2016 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
    • Offers several aviation maintenance programs, including engineering, electronics, helicopter, and avionics technology.
    • Tutoring and advising services are available to students at no additional cost.
    • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
    • 11 campuses across the United States, with locations in California, Virginia, Texas, Indianapolis, Florida, and more.
    Show more [+]