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. The MET program has the following educational objectives:
- graduates will have the knowledge and ability to become professionals as licensed engineers, and hold other respected positions in the maritime industry
- graduates will have the knowledge and ability to manage and lead technical activities
- graduates will have the knowledge and ability to function effectively as leaders on professional teams
- graduates will have the knowledge and ability to communicate with effective 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, and have a a commitment to safety, quality and productivity
The MET curriculum includes three 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 obtain a Third Assistant Engineer, Steam, Motor and Gas Turbine Vessels, Unlimited Horsepower license.