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Department of Mechanical Engineering
Commercial Cruise, Co-Ops and Careers

Mechanical Engineering (ME) students may choose the U.S. Coast Guard Third Assistant Engineer License Option or the ME Option. Students choosing the U.S. Coast Guard Third Assistant Engineer License Option will participate in two sixty-day training cruises aboard the Training Ship GOLDEN BEAR and one Commercial Cruise (Internship at Sea). Students choosing the ME Option will participate in one Training Ship GOLDEN BEAR cruise and two sixty-day Co-Ops (Cooperative Education Opportunities on Land).

Commercial Cruise (Internship at Sea Opportunities)

Students in the Mechanical Engineering degree program who choose to follow the U.S. Coast Guard Third Assistant Engineer License Option are required to sail on one sixty-day commercial cruise. Commercial cruise is completed during the sophomore summer after successfully passing the first training cruise aboard the Training Ship GOLDEN BEAR during the freshman summer. Cruise cadets sail aboard an actual working Merchant Marine vessel to gain hands-on training while experiencing life at sea in their chosen career. There are many exciting commercial cruise opportunities available around the world on all types of vessel platforms. For example, ME students in the past have secured commercial cruise billets with the following companies (not a complete list):

Alaska Marine Highway
Alaska Tanker Company
American Presidents Lines
Chevron Shipping Company
Crowley Maritime
Dredge Operators
Edison Chouest Offshore
Foss Maritime
G&H Towing
Hawaiian Tug & Barge / Young Brothers
Horizon Lines
Hornblower Marine Services
J. Ray McDermott
K-Sea Transportation
Laborde Marine
Maresk Lines Ltd.

Matson Navigation Company
Military Sealift Command
Norwegian Cruise Lines
Ocean Shipholdings
Overseas Shipholding Group
Pasha Hawaii
Polar Tankers
Scripps Institute of Oceanography
Seabulk Tankers
Seacor Marine
United Maritime Group
US Army Corps of Engineers
United States Shipping
Western Towboat Co.

For more information, please contact Devon Kincanon, Career Coordinator of Sea-Going Career Services, dkincanon@csum.edu, 707-654-1072.

Co-Ops (Cooperative Education Opportunities on Land)

Students in the Mechanical Engineering degree program who choose to follow the ME Option are required to experience two sixty-day Co-Ops during their academic career. There are many exciting opportunities available in a variety of engineering fields. For example, ME students in the past have secured Co-Ops with the following (not a complete list):

AGI Engineering, Inc.
Arcturus Marine Systems
BAE Systems, San Francisco Ship Repair
Cardinal Cogen
Chevron Oronite Company LLC
Constellation Energy
Equity Office
FM Global
Foss Maritime
Guttmann & Blaevoet Consulting Engineers
Halcrow Group
Hansen Rigging
Hornblower Cruises & Events
The J. David Gladstone Institutes

Genentech, Inc.
Northrop Grumman

Oakley, IncPearl Harbor Naval Shipyard
Port of Los Angeles
Price Pump
R.F. MacDonald Co.
Southland Industries
UCSF/SFGH Orthopedic Trauma Institute
USS-POSCO Industries
Valero Refining Company
Western Allied Mechanical
Worley Parsons Group 

For more information, please contact Alex Jones, Career Coordinator of Engineering Shore-Side Career Services, aajones@csum.edu, 707-654-1196.

Career Opportunities

Mechanical Engineering graduates advance to exciting careers in a number of maritime and engineering related fields such as Third Assistant Engineer, Stationary Engineer, Quality Assurance, Design, Power Plant Operations, Manufacturing, and Building Maintenance to name a few.  For example, some of our recent Mechanical Engineering graduates currently work for:

Able Engineering Services
ABM Engineering
ACCO Engineered Systems
Altec Industries
American Maritime Officers Union
Bahamas Maritime Authority
Chevron Global Manufacturing
Chevron Shipping Company
Commonwealth Utilities Corp.
Constellation Energy
Covanta Energy
Crockett Cogeneration
Crowley Maritime
Equity Office Properties
EYP Mission Critical Facilities
FM Global
Four Seasons Marine Services

Genentech, Inc.
General Dynamics NASSCO
General Electric
Hornblower Marine Services
Kennerley-Spratling, Inc.
Maersk Line Ltd.
Majestic America Line
Marine Engineers Beneficiary Association
Marine Technical Services, Inc.
Military Sealift Command
MK2 Engineering
Navy Facilities Engineering Command
Navy Warfare Officer Program
Northrop Grumman
Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard
Prenumbra, Inc.


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Last updated: 7/16/20