Oct 30, 2007, 7:39 AM
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Most degrees will be in "Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering" That is what my degree reads (From Webb Institute). Naval Architecture deals with design of hull shape, interaction with the water (hydrostatics and hydrodynamics), propeller design, and structures. Marine Engineering deals with ship systems including machinery design and layout, pumps, cargo handling or deck equipment, and is generally systems engineering for marine craft. Most programs deal with both together as they are integral to total ship or yacht design. Design of coastal structures would be handled generally by specialized civil engineers, NOT "Marine Engineers" in the sense the author was referring. Although they may refer to themselves as Marine Engineers, and it would appear that is what batz does, when looking at NA/ME degrees, the ME part does not deal with coastal structures.
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As far as the difference between degrees and diplomas and the difference between Canada and the US, I must plead ignorance on the Canadian Side. Options in the US for undergraduate work are mainly Webb Institute, Michigan, University of New Orleans, Virginia Tech, and somewhat of a program at Texas A&M I believe (maybe Texas Tech...sorry for confusing the two). Webb and Michigan are generally seen as a cut above the rest. MIT has a very good graduate program in Ocean Engineering, which is another variation on the NA/ME thing. It should be noted that Webb is free (full tuition scholarship for all students), but only open to US Citizens.
Good luck in your search, but realize that if you choose to do NA/ME to get into the pleasure craft side of things, you will be leaving a lot of money on the table compared to commercial shipping or other forms of engineering. Most of us are happy to make that sacrifice, but it can be tough.