Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes


Texas A&M University at Galveston is a special purpose institution for teaching, research, and public service with respect to marine and maritime studies in science, engineering, and business, leading to a degree from Texas A&M University and an Aggie Ring. The University is also the home of the Texas Maritime Academy. The goal of the Marine Engineering Technology (MARR) program is to produce graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree who perform engineering work in the marine sector or marine-related shore-based industries. In addition, this degree helps students to understand the design, production, operation, maintenance, and management of engineering systems and projects.

Opportunities for such work abound in the vicinity of the University, which is located just south of the fourth largest metropolis in the U.S. The Houston/Galveston area has extensive port facilities, considerable commercial, recreational, and military ship traffic, as well as, an ever-increasing offshore and onshore infrastructure associated with the oil industry. There are many career opportunities including operational, management, and leadership positions for these graduates.  Ideally, they will be well prepared for working on ships, at port facilities, shore facilities, or particularly in power generation, distribution, and concomitant auxiliary support systems. The program provides a License Option and a Non-License Option. The License Option is intended for cadets of the U.S. Maritime Service Corps who can then appear for the U.S. Coast Guard license examination, enabling them to serve as engineering officers aboard sea-going vessels.

Our goal is to produce graduates with a strong background in engineering fundamentals, mathematics, and analytical methods, which is reinforced by practical machine-shop, welding, and laboratory experiences (including several on the training ship). The curriculum builds on a foundation of basic engineering topics such as fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, drafting, and materials science to develop inter-disciplinary skills required for the practice of marine engineering. In particular, the program’s educational objectives are to produce graduates who:

1. Can practice engineering pertaining to marine and facilities power systems and associated auxiliary systems (e.g. propulsion, electrical power generation and distribution, refrigeration, and air conditioning) in support of the maritime sector (The Navy, Coast Guard, and companies operating sea-going vessels), the offshore oil and gas industry, and companies involved in facilities management or shore-based power systems; in particular, to plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain engineering systems intended to provide marine propulsion and electrical power;

2. Are well-prepared to engage in lifelong education, professional development, and continuous quality improvement.

MARR is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,, and is STCW certified by the U.S. Coast Guard. 


MARR provides an interdisciplinary education in marine propulsion and maritime-related engineering. The curriculum is a blend of marine power systems and applied mechanical engineering programs in the marine industry.

The program focuses on topics such as power cycles, principles and methods used to convert available energy into useful power, selection and operation of major components of power-related machinery, and support systems for the power cycles. Basic courses are supplemented with studies in naval architecture, and marine applications of electrical engineering and thermodynamics. The education is enhanced through the use of computer simulation of propulsion plants and direct operation of machinery on board the University’s training ship, TS GENERAL RUDDER. Each MARR graduate shall demonstrate the following before graduation:

  1. An ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities.
  2. An ability to select and apply knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies.
  3. An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes.
  4. An ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives.
  5. An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.
  6. An ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems.
  7. An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  8. An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
  9. An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity.
  10. Knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context.
  11. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
  12. An ability to use tools and design, manufacture, operate, maintain, analyze and manage marine engineering equipment.
  13. A proficiency to apply principles of college-level physics and chemistry to problems associated with marine equipment, systems and vehicles.
  14. A proficiency to apply principles of fluid mechanics, hydrostatic stability, solid mechanics, materials, dynamics, and energy systems to marine equipment, systems and vehicles.
  15. A proficiency to (a) the use and application of instrumentation for measuring physical phenomena related to naval architecture and/or marine engineering technology; and (b) the design of experiments, data collection, analysis, and formal report writing.
  16. A proficiency (a) in the operation, maintenance, analysis, and management of modern marine power plants and associated marine auxiliary equipment and systems; and (b) to use design manuals, equipment specifications, and industry.
  17. Proficiency in technical and managerial skills necessary to enter a variety of different careers in the field of marine engineering technology; must have strengths in their knowledge of operations, maintenance, manufacturing, and design and management in marine engineering technology.