Marine Engineering Technology, B.S.

MARR combines marine propulsion, electrical power, electronics and maritime-related engineering into a curriculum that blends marine power systems and applied mechanical engineering programs in the marine industry.  The program is enhanced through the utilization of numerous and frequent hands-on learning experiences that elevate the education of our students.

Program Educational Objectives & Student Outcomes    

Program Educational Objectives
Program Educational Objectives

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.
Student Outcomes for 2018-2019
Student Outcomes for 2018-2019

Outcome A: an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities

Outcome B: 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

Outcome C: an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes

Outcome D: an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives

Outcome E: an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team

Outcome F: an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems

Outcome G: 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

Outcome H: an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development

Outcome I: an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity

Outcome J: knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context

Outcome K: a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement


Student Outcomes for 2019-2020
Student Outcomes for 2019-2020

Outcome 1: an ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline

Outcome 2: an ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline

Outcome 3: an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature

Outcome 4: an ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes

Outcome 5: an ability to function effectively as a member as well as a leader on technical teams

Marine Engineering Technology Degree    

MARR students can expect to receive strong fundamental knowledge and skills in numerous facets of marine engineering.  The foundation is enhanced through a diverse array of interdisciplinary courses that create a graduate destined to be successful in a number of industries.

Marine Engineering Technology (MARR) Non-license Option is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

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Major Core Classes
Major Core Classes

MARE 100 Marine Engineering Fundamentals
ENGR 111 Foundations of Engineering
ENGR 112 Foundations of Engineering II
MARE 202 Marine Thermodynamics
MARE 205 Engineering Mechanics
MARE 242 Manufacturing Methods
MARE 206 Engineering Mechanics II
MARE 207 Electrical Power
MARE 243 Manufacturing Methods II
MARE 261 Engineering Analysis
MARE 211 Steam Propulsion Plants
MARE 209 Mechanics of Materials
MARE 305 Fluid Mechanics Theory
MARE 306 Electrical Power II
MARE 313 Heat Transfer
MARE 309 Marine Construction Materials
MARE 312 Diesel Propulsion Plants
MARE 307 Marine Electronics
MARE 405 Fundamentals of Naval Architecture
MARE 451 Senior Design Project
MARE 441 Engineering Economics and Project Management
MARE 452 Senior Design Project II
Note: 16 credit hours of MARE electives required

License Option Required Classes
License Option Required Classes

MARR 101 Marine Engineering Fundamentals
MART 103 Basic Safety and Lifeboatman Training
MARR 102 Engine Room Resource Management and Dynamics
MARE/MARR 200 Basic Operations
MARE 300 Intermediate Operations
or MARE 350 Commercial Cruise Internship
or MARR 300 Intermediate Operations
NVSC 200 Naval Science for the Merchant Marine Officer
MARE 401 Marine Auxiliary Systems
MARE/MARR 400 Advanced Operations
MARR 451 Senior Capstone Project I
MARE 441 Engineering Economics and Project Management
MARR 452 Senior Capstone Project II
MART 498 Maritime Medical Care


Interested students can elect the License Option, which entails the required coursework for a U.S. Coast Guard 3rd Mate deck or engine officer. This is conferred to a student when they have completed all their academic requirements (including cruises), as well as successful completion of the U.S. Coast Guard 3rd Mate exam. For further details, see the links below.

Marine Engineering Technology (MARR) License Option is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

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Love What You Do

The unique flexibility of courses and the unparalleled access to top quality professors, laboratories, and the sea puts our students in a great position to succeed in any number of paths.

Career Paths

Marine Engineering Design
Merchant Shipping
Offshore Oil & Gas
Equipment Manufacturing

Hiring Agencies

Deepwater Drilling Inc.
TransOcean Offshore
Global Santa Fe
Surf Subsea
Kinder Morgan
American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
BMT Designers & Planners
Cummins Diesel
US Military
Seabulk Shipping

Salary Ranges

Marine Engineer: $64,000 - $96,000 on average

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At Texas A&M University at Galveston we offer a comprehensive array of degrees which are geared to make the most of our ideal location on the edge of the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. With programs ranging from marine biology to maritime administration led by enterprising professors at the top of their fields, we’re full of the opportunities you’re seeking.

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