Marine Engineering Technology
The Marine Engineering Technology (MET) major provides an undergraduate education for marine engineers employed aboard commercial and military vessels. The curriculum provides a foundation in the engineering fundamentals of shipboard mechanical and electrical systems, as well as practical training in the operation and maintenance of steam, motor and gas turbine propulsion plants.
Program Educational Objectives
MET graduates of the California Maritime Academy working in the engineering profession will meet the following program educational objectives:
- Graduates will have the knowledge and ability to perform analysis, applications engineering, and system or process development in the maritime industry.
- Graduates will have the knowledge and ability to operate and maintain systems or processes in the maritime industry.
- Graduates will have the knowledge and ability to communicate effectively using speaking, writing, and presentation skills including the ability to put together a compelling argument.
- Graduates will demonstrate a respect for professional, ethical and social issues as well as a commitment to safety, quality and productivity.
Graduates of the Marine Engineering Technology program will have:
- an ability to apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications of mathematics, science, engineering and technology to problems associated with marine equipment, systems and vehicles.
- an ability to use proper laboratory practices, use instrumentation for measuring physical phenomena, analyze and interpret experiments, and apply experimental results to improves processes and design.
- an ability to apply creativity in the design of systems, components or processes in the marine environment.
- an ability to function effectively on teams.
- an ability to apply the principles of fluid mechanics, hydrostatic stability, solid mechanics, materials, dynamics and energy systems to technical problems related to marine equipment, systems and vehicles.
- an ability to communicate effectively in a technical environment.
- a recognition of the need for and the ability to engage in lifelong learning including the need for updating technical knowledge and skills.
- an ability to understand and apply concepts of professional, ethical and social responsibilities.
- a respect for diversity and a knowledge of contemporary professional, societal and global issues.
- a commitment to quality, safety, timeliness and continuous improvement.
- an ability to receive a United States Coast Guard (USCG) License as a Third Assistant Engineer.
- an ability to engage in the operations, maintenance, analysis and management of modern marine power plants, associated equipment and systems.
The MET curriculum includes three 60-day practical training experiences; two sea training periods aboard the Training Ship GOLDEN BEAR and one sea training period aboard a military or commercial vessel. The MET program also requires satisfactory completion of a qualifying examination administered by the U.S. Coast Guard to become a Third Assistant Engineer, Steam and Motor Vessels, Unlimited Horsepower.