Engineering Officer Program

Engineering Officer Program

Northwestern Michigan College - Traverse City, MI

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The Great Lakes Maritime Academy prepares future merchant marine officers/business professionals for the challenge of operating commercial ships of unlimited tonnage on the Great Lakes and oceans. Engineering officers are responsible for the efficient operation and maintenance of engines and support machinery aboard ship. The vessel may be diesel powered with multiple engines or turbine powered operating on high pressure steam, capable of generating thousands of horsepower. The Marine Engineer must understand these systems and keep them operating 24/7. Engineering Officers are also responsible for the ship’s business as associated with all onboard equipment and mechanical aspects of the vessel. All qualified engineering cadets write the U.S. Coast Guard examination for licensing as a Third Assistant Engineer, Steam and Motor Vessels of any Horsepower. Graduates are fully compliant with STCW '95 International Quality Standards. Marine Engineers are also qualified to maintain land-based power plant facilities. The four-year curriculum awards a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from our partner, Ferris State University, and an Associate’s degree in Maritime Technology from the Great Lakes Maritime Academy. For applicants entering with a Bachelor’s degree, a three-year Great Lakes Maritime Academy program is available.

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