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Headling out to sea

india Updated: Jan 11, 2007 13:09 IST
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For centuries, man has used the mighty oceans and waterways to accomplish unparalleled tasks. And today the earth’s oceans and waterways are used to harness power, mine and even take a luxury cruise! For those who don’t mind getting their feet wet, the diverse field of marine engineering is full of excitement and promise.

Job description:
Marine engineering is all about designing, constructing, installing and operating systems and equipment which propel and control marine vehicles and of the systems which make a vehicle or structure habitable for crew, passengers and cargo.

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Institutes

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, New Delhi, Mumbai 

Marine Engineering Research

Institute, Kolkata

International Institute of Maritime Science, Haldia Township, West Bengal

Maharashtra Academy of Naval Education and Training, MIT Campus, Pune

Indian Institute of Aeronautical Engineering, Dehradun

Marine Engineering and

Research Institute, Mumbai
 

Marine engineers are responsible for the management and control systems that are essential for safe voyages and operations. Being a very technical and highly responsible job, a marine engineer also has to take decisions for selecting the ship’s machinery which may include anything from diesel engines, steam turbines, gas turbines or nuclear reactors in such a way so as to derive maximum efficiency while minimising costs.



Career prospects:
The major advantage of this field is that students pursuing a career in marine engineering have nearly 100 per cent placement rates because of the great demand nationally and internationally.

Call it the predictable growth in oversea trades, the security reasons or the desire to enhance a country’s natural resources, all have played an equal role in providing huge job opportunities to marine engineers.

And if the idea of spending months aboard a ship makes you a little queasy, don’t fret; talented marine engineers are required on shore too. Another area that is currently seeing growth by leaps and bounds is port security.

Remuneration:
Being one of the most payable of all engineering fields one can expect to earn fat salaries. As a marine engineer you can easily fetch an initial salary of about Rs 50,000-60,000 keeping in mind your qualifications and talent.

This career gives handsome opportunities to fly abroad and earn somewhere around US $70,000 and more. With time and experience the earning soars up too. So, get set and sail towards a career in marine engineering.

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