Marine Construction Training and School Information

Some marine construction workers work on offshore oil, gas and mineral exploration and production platforms. Others work on underwater, offshore and coastal anti-pollution or conservation projects. Certificate, bachelor's and master's degree programs prepare graduates for a variety of careers in this field.

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The numerous careers in the marine construction industry include technician, marine engineer and project manager. There are several different types and levels of educational programs for people interested in this field that range from a certificate program to the graduate degree level.

Schools with Marine Construction Programs

Degrees in ocean engineering, marine engineering and naval architecture are offered by these institutions.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition
(2015-2016)*
SUNY Maritime College Throggs Neck, NY 4-year, Public Bachelor's $7,809 In-state Undergraduate; $17,659 Out-of-state Undergraduate
United States Naval Academy Annapolis, MD 4-year, Public Bachelor's Free for U.S. Citizens With U.S. Navy or Marine Corps Contract
United States Coast Guard Academy New London, CT 4-year, Public Bachelor's $942 Undergraduate
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $13,856 In-state Undergraduate; $20,638 In-state Graduate
University of New Orleans New Orleans, LA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $8,004 In-state Undergraduate; $21,821 Out-of-state Undergraduate
Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Graduate Certificate $47,190 Undergraduate; $32,200 Graduate
Texas A&M University College Station, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's $10,176 In-state Undergraduate; $28,768 Out-of-state Undergraduate
Maine Maritime Academy Castine, ME public, 4 year Bachelor's $12,788 In-state Undergraduate; $25,362 Out-of-state Undergraduate
United States Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point, NY public, 4 year Bachelor's, Master's $1,107 Undergraduate

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

There are several things to consider when seeking a marine construction school.

  • Certificate programs are appropriate for technicians, while marine engineers and project managers need to have a bachelor's or master's degree program.
  • Aspiring marine construction workers may wish to look for programs with opportunities such as year-at-sea programs.
  • ABET recognizes several marine engineering programs and is one of the most respected accreditation bodies in the U.S. for engineering, technology and applied science, so students will want to find a program that is ABET accredited.
  • Students should look for programs that offer a Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET) course, which covers firefighting and first-aid skills.

Certificate Programs

A few accredited schools offer certificate programs in marine construction. Mechanical, hydraulics, electrical and electronics technicians might receive marine construction training at postsecondary technical schools or in the military.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science degree programs in ocean engineering or naval architecture and marine engineering (NAME) are applicable to careers in marine construction. Some schools work with local offshore businesses to help provide job placement for graduates.

Master's Degree Programs

Some of these programs offer both thesis and non-thesis options; students who choose the non-thesis option might work on a team project to solve a problem in marine engineering instead of writing a research-based thesis.

By studying naval architecture, ocean engineering or marine engineering it is possible to prepare for a career in marine construction. These programs are offered by many public and private institutions, and it's possible to pursue both graduate and undergraduate studies in these disciplines.

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