Diplomas, bachelor's degrees and professional programs are suitable for aspiring marine surveyors. These programs are available through 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities, although some professional programs may only be offered through private organizations.
Top Schools with Marine Surveying Programs
All of the following schools offer undergraduate degrees in naval architecture and marine engineering.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Maine Maritime Academy||Castine, ME||public, 4 year||Bachelor's||$12,788 (resident), $25,362 (non-resident)|
|SUNY Maritime College||Throgg's Neck, NY||public, 4 yar||Bachelor's||$7,809 (resident), $17,659 (non-resident)|
|United States Naval Academy||Annapolis, MD||public, 4 year||Bachelor's||Paid by US Government|
|United States Coast Guard Academy||New London, CT||public, 4 year||Bachelor's||$942|
|United States Merchant Marine Academy||King's Point, NY||public, 4 year||Bachelor's, Master's||$1,107|
|University of Michigan-Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, MI||public, 4 year||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$13,856 (resident), $43,476 (non-resident)|
|University of New Orleans||New Orleans, LA||public, 4 year||Bachelor's||$8,004 (resident), $21,821 (non-resident)|
|Stevens Institute of Technology||Hoboken, NJ||private, not-for-profit, 4 year||Bachelor's, Master's||$47,190|
|Texas A&M University-College Station||College Station, TX||public, 4 year||Bachelor's||$10,176 (resident), $28,768 (non-resident)|
Source: *National Center of Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Students need to keep in mind several considerations when considering a school with a maritime program.
- Some students who want to learn to construct boats and a basic knowledge of the field may want to look at program that offers a certificate, rather than a 4 year degree.
- Individuals may want to look for schools that offer programs approved by ABET.
- Schools that employ faculty who have experience in the field of marine engineering or surveying often provide students with a more comprehensive education.
- Schools located near port facilities and ship traffic may allow for more hands-on experience.
Diploma in Boat Building
A diploma in boat building with classes in surveying is appropriate for individuals interested in a hands-on technical education program. Students learn about boat construction and terminology and learn how to construct seaworthy watercraft. Courses include drawing, theory, hull survey and boat repair and restoration.
Bachelor's Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
Students in naval architecture and marine engineering bachelor's programs learn about components of marine design, including power and structural capacities, hull strength and propulsion systems. These programs often include laboratory and field work.
Marine Surveying Professional Programs
Professional and career schools offer courses, workshops and seminars for aspiring marine surveyors. Some of these courses include yacht and small craft surveying, fiberglass boat inspection, damage surveying and the business side of marine surveying business development.
A host of bachelor's degrees in naval architecture and marine engineering are available around the country for those interested in marine surveying.