Marine engineering is a branch of engineering which focuses on boats, ships, oilrig and other marine vessels, as well as ocean engineering. Marine engineering applies engineering sciences such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, electronic engineering and computer science to the development and maintenance of onboard systems and oceanographic technology.
The discipline’s origins date back to Archimedes as he developed various engineering systems. Nevertheless, the subject started to become relevant during the time of the Industrial Revolution.
There are different specialities within marine engineering including naval architect, mechanical engineering, oceanographic engineering and offshore engineering. Naval architects deal with the whole design of the vessel and its propulsion through the water. Mechanical engineers design the main propulsion plans as well as the powering and mechanisation features of the ship functions. Oceanographic engineering develops the mechanical, electrical and technological tools which support oceanography. Finally, offshore engineering concerns the design and construction of fixed and floating marines structures (e.g. oil platforms).
Individuals who are interested in specialising in this subjects need to apply for courses offered by maritime universities. These institutions offer programmes which teach and train learners for maritime professions.
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