Marine Systems Engineering

This major is offered in two tracks: the five year License Track and the four year Non-License Track. In addition to meeting the college requirement for graduation with at least a 2.0 grade point average for the B.S. degree, graduating students are required to have a minimum grade point average of 2.25 in the MSE program core courses. For the MSE program, core courses are defined as courses with the prefixes CE, CO, CR, EG, ET, ES, MS, NA, and PS.

The Objectives of the Marine Systems Engineering major are as follows:

Three to five years after receiving a B.S. from Maine Maritime Academy, the typical Marine Systems Engineering graduate is expected to:

  • Be competent and confident in his or her professional career and able to freely choose between graduate engineering education and design engineering careers.
  • Have demonstrated the professionalism, technical competence and versatility to be moving into positions of technical responsibility.
  • Recognize that his or her undergraduate education at Maine Maritime Academy has provided a solid basis for assuming technical responsibilities and opportunities for continued career development.
  • Understand the importance of social and ethical responsibilities in his or her engineering career.

The Outcomes of the Marine Systems Engineering major are as follows:

Students will demonstrate the following through the Marine Systems Engineering program of study at the Academy:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety.
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

In the 2013 Fall semester, enrollment in the Marine Systems Engineering program was 69 students. Between August 15, 2012 and August 15, 2013, 13 students graduated from the program.

Marine Systems Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Marine Systems Engineering – License Track

The Marine Systems Engineering - License Track program combines many of the technical courses of the Engineering Operations and the Engineering Technology programs with a 10-course calculus-based design and analysis sequence. In addition to the 180 days of industrial practice at sea offered by the other programs, "Systems" also includes a three-to-four month co-op term in a shoreside industrial or government engineering facility.  

The complete program takes five years, with the opportunity to sit for the U.S. Coast Guard Third Assistant Engineer's License in the fourth year and for the Fundamentals of Engineering examination at the completion of the first semester of the fifth year. Students in this program may apply for a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Engineering Operations after four years of study, with automatic eligibility to return to commence the fifth year within a three-year period after graduation. (With this four-year track, Probability and Statistics for Engineering and Science (MS251) is not required.)

Successful completion of the 5-year program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Marine Systems Engineering - License Track, and prepares the graduate for a career as a sea-going merchant marine engineering officer, or in applied or design engineering, engineering consulting, or for a management position in maritime, industrial power, or general engineering fields. Graduates of Marine Systems Engineering - License Track are also well prepared to pursue advanced study at graduate school in numerous engineering disciplines.

The program in Marine Systems Engineering - License Track is designed for students with a strong mathematical and analytical ability as well as interest in practical engineering. It is the most academically rigorous course of study at Maine Maritime Academy. Only a few engineering programs in the United States offer a comparable curriculum. The synergy of the 10-course design/analysis sequence with a strong hands-on marine component is the hallmark of the MSE license track.

The following table outlines the normal sequence of courses taken by students majoring in Marine Systems Engineering – License Track:

FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

Fall Semester

CS151

Introduction to Engineering Programming 

 3

EG101 

Fundamentals of Engineering Operations

 2

ES180

Engineering Design I

 2

HC111 

Composition 

 3

MS150 

Calculus I 

 4

NS101 

Introduction to Nautical Science 

 2

PE 

Physical Education

0.5

PE114 

Ocean Survival 

0.5

PD101

Personal Development I

0.5

USCG1

Fire Fighting

 

Total Credits 

 17.5

Each first-year student must pass PE114.

Spring Semester

CH352 

Engineering Chemistry 

    4

EG243 

Welding 

 2

ET101

Graphics

 3

MS160 

Calculus II 

 4

PS162 

Physics I 

 4

PE 

Physical Education 

 1

PD102

Personal Development I

0.5

MT12E

Maintenance 4th Class

USCG2

Fire Fighting Live Burn

Total Credits 

18.5

Summer  

CR103

First-Year Cruise 

 4

MT13E

Summer Maintenance 3rd Class (optional)

 

 

SOPHOMORES

 

Fall Semester
 

EG265 

Steam Generating Systems 

 2

EG292 

Diesel Power I 

 3

ES201 

Introduction to Thermal Fluid Science 

5

ES205 

Engineering Statics 

 3

PS261 

Physics II 

 4

PD201

Personal Development II

0.5

MT21E

Maintenance 3rd Class

 

 

Total Credits 

17.5

Spring Semester 

EG234 

Power Equipment Lab

  2

EG252 

Machine Tool Operations I 

 2.5

EG392 

Diesel Power II 

  3

ES352

Engineering Thermodynamics II

3

ES371 

Enhanced Electrical Power I 

  4

MS252 

Engineering Mathematics I 

  4

PD202

Personal Development II

0.5

 

Total Credits 

19

Summer 

CE203 

Sophomore Cruise (Cadet Shipping) 

 4 

 

 

 

 

JUNIORS

 

Fall Semester
 

EG321 

Steam Turbines I 

 3

EG372 

Electrical Power II 

 3

ES420 

Engineering Dynamics 

3

HC211 

Humanities II 

 3

MS260 

Differential Equations 

 3

OC101

Introduction to Ocean Science

3

PD301

Personal Development III

 

Total Credits 

18

Spring Semester  

EG382 

Steam Power Systems I 

 3

ES235 

Engineering Strength of Materials 

 3

ES245 

Engineering Fluid Mechanics 

 3

ES490 

Numerical and Computer Methods for Engineering 

 3

ET351 

Thermal/Fluids Lab 

 2

ET452 

Technical Communications 

 3

PD302

Personal Development III

MT32E

Maintenance 2nd Class

 

Total Credits 

17

 

Summer  

CE303 

Junior Cruise 

 4

MT33E

Summer Maintenance 2nd Class

 

 

SENIORS

 

Fall Semester
 

EG481 

Marine Refrigeration and Air Conditioning 

 2.5

ES433 

Control Systems Engineering 

 3

ET432

Power Control Electronics

3

MD310 

Medical Care Provider 

 3

MS251

Probability and Statistics for Engineering and Science

 3

 

Humanities Elective 

 3

PD401

Personal Development IV

 

MT41E

Maintenance 1st Class

 

 

Total Credits 

17.5

Spring Semester 

EG422

Steam Power Systems II 

    3

ES380 

Engineering Design II 

 3

ET377

Engineering Economics 

    3

NA372 

Naval Architecture I

    3

Social Science Elective 

    3

PD402

Personal Development IV

Total Credits

   15

 

Summer 

CO400

Cooperative Industrial Field Experience 

 1.5

 

FIFTH YEAR

 

Fall Semester
 

ES430 

Machine Design 

   3

ES501 

Engineering Materials 

   3

ES598 

Capstone Design Preparation 

   1

MS451 

Engineering Mathematics II 

   3

 

Free Elective I

   3

 

Total Credits

  13

 

Spring Semester
 

ES599 

Capstone Design Project 

   3

HC112 

Humanities I 

   3

 

Humanities/Social Science Elective I

   3

 

Free Elective II

  1-3

 

Total Credits 

10-12

 

Credits Required for Graduation: 176.5-178.5

Additional requirements for graduation:

a.     Complete practical training and regimental requirements as published.

b.    Pass both practical and written portions of USCG lifeboatman examination and the USCG Third Assistant Engineer’s examination.

c.     Complete sea time requirements as required for the USCG license.

d.    Core classes within the MSE Program have STCW competencies within the course, and students are required to achieve a minimum of 70% grade to obtain credit for these competencies.

Marine Systems Engineering – Non-License Track

The Non-License Track of Marine Systems Engineering is a four-year Bachelor of Science program including all the humanities, math, science, and engineering analysis and design courses of the 5-year Marine Systems Engineering program, but without many of the engineering operations courses required by the 5-year program. It does not lead to eligibility to sit for the USCG Third Assistant Engineer’s license. Membership in the Regiment of Midshipmen for first-year students only and participation in the first-year cruise are required.

The MSE  Non-License Track program is one of the more academically rigorous courses of study at Maine Maritime Academy. Comparable to the mechanical engineering curricula of other institutions, MSE Non-License Track is distinguished by its grounding in marine applications and naval architecture.

Successful completion of the 4-year program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Systems Engineering – Non License Track, and prepares the graduate for careers in engineering design, consulting, or management in maritime, industrial power, or general engineering fields. Graduates of this non-license track are also well prepared to pursue advanced study at graduate school in numerous engineering disciplines.

The following table outlines the normal sequence of courses taken by students majoring in Marine Systems Engineering – Non-License Track:

FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

Fall Semester
 

CS151

Introduction to Engineering Programming 

 3

EG101 

Fundamentals of Engineering Operations

 2

ES180

Engineering Design I

 2

HC111 

Composition 

 3

MS150

Calculus I

 4

NS101 

Introduction to Nautical Science

 2

PE 

Physical Education

0.5

PE114 

Ocean Survival 

0.5

PD101

Personal Development I

0.5

USCG1

Fire Fighting

 

Total Credits 

 17.5

Each first-year student must pass PE114.

Spring Semester
 

CH352 

Engineering Chemistry 

  4

EG243

Welding

 2

ET101

Graphics

3

MS160 

Calculus II 

 4

PS162 

Physics I 

 4

PE 

Physical Education 

 1

PD102

Personal Development I

0.5

MT12E

Maintenance 4th Class

USCG2

Fire Fighting Live Burn

 

Total Credits 

18.5

 

Summer
 

CR103

First-Year Cruise

4

MT13E

Summer Maintenance 3rd Class (optional)

SOPHOMORES

Fall Semester
 

EG292 

Diesel Power I 

 3

ES201 

Introduction to Thermal Fluid Science 

 5

ES205 

Engineering Statics 

 3

MS251 

Probability and Statistics for Engineering and Science

 3

PS261 

Physics II 

 4

 

Total Credits 

18

Spring Semester 

EG252 

Machine Tool Operations I

  2.5

ES235 

Engineering Strength of Materials

  3

ES352 

Engineering Thermodynamics II 

  3

ES371

Enhanced Electrical Power I

  4

ET351 

Thermal/Fluids Lab

 2

MS252 

Engineering Mathematics I 

  4

 

Total Credits 

 18.5

Summer 

CO203 

Industrial Co-op 

1.5-2

 

 

 

 

JUNIORS

Fall Semester
 

ES420

Engineering Dynamics

 3

ET432 

Power Control Electronics 

 3

HC112

Humanities I

3

MS260

Differential Equations

 3

OC101 

Introduction to Ocean Science 

 3

EG321/EG261/EG372

Technical Elective (Choose one)

3

 

Total Credits 

18

Spring Semester  

ES245

Engineering Fluid Mechanics

  3

ES380 

Engineering Design II 

  3

ES490

Numerical and Computer Methods for Engineering

  3

ET452

Technical Communications

  3

NA372

Naval Architecture I

  3

 

Technical Elective

 2-3

 

Total Credits 

17-18

Summer  

CO400 

Cooperative Industrial Field Experience

1.5-2

 

SENIORS

Fall Semester
 

ES430

Machine Design

 3

ES433

Control Systems Engineering

 3

ES501 

Engineering Materials

 3

MS451

Engineering Mathematics II

 3

NA430

Naval Architecture II

 3

Social Science Elective

3

 

Total Credits 

18

Spring Semester 

ET377

Engineering Economics 

    3

HC211 

Humanities II

    3

NA599

Capstone Design Project 

    3

 

Humanities Elective

    3

 

Humanities/Social Science Elective I

    3

 

Total Credits

   15

 

Credits Required for Graduation: 147.5-149.5