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BS in Marine Engineering in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering is a four-year degree program that centers on the construction, operation, and maintenance of different kinds of marine vessels such as cargo ships, cruise ships, fishing boats, battleships and submarines. This program aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to operate and maintain the different types of machinery installed in marine vessels, propulsion plant, adjunct and auxiliary machinery, electrical and refrigeration systems.

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Marine Engineering are encouraged to take the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand under the Academic Track. The strand provides the basics of applied mathematics and sciences that will be useful in their college life.

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Marine Pollution and Prevention
  • Marine Power Plant
  • Engine Room Watch-keeping
  • Ship Routine
  • Ship Construction and Ship Stability
  • Engineering Physics

Admission Requirements


  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of BS in Marine Engineering are expected to be able to:

  • Solve problems related to the profession using mathematics, science and technology knowledge
  • Keep up with industry developments and engage in lifelong learning
  • Use modern tools and appropriate techniques to remain globally competitive in the profession
  • Apply research methodologies while conducting research

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in an actual ship in order to expose students to the real-life applications of the concepts and techniques that they have learned.

Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.

Board Exam

To become a Licensed Marine Engine Officer in the Philippines, a graduate of BS in Marine Engineering needs to choose from the Officer-in-Charge of an Engineering Watch Licensure Examination, Second Marine Engineer Officers Licensure Exam, and Chief Marine Engineer Officers Licensure Exam and pass the exam. The examination is conducted by the Board of Marine Deck and Marine Engine Officers under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). Note that before taking any of the relevant licensure examinations, graduates of Marine Engineering must have an actual work experience aboard a ship, and the minimum length of service depends upon the requirements of the PRC. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of BS in Marine Engineering may pursue a career path in the marine industry. They may apply as a chief marine engineer, second marine engineer, officer-in-charge of an engineering watch, naval engineering officer, coast guard engineering officer, engineering cadet, apprentice engineer, or an engine cadet.

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Reviews of BS in Marine Engineering graduates:

R. N.
◈ Studied B.S. Marine Engineering
◈ At University of Cebu
◈ Graduated 2006

list bulletWhy did I choose Marine Engineering: Practical reasons is that I can earn bigger salary and short stay at school which I can be an engineer in the future. Personal reason I really like seafaring.

list bulletAbout my college education: It is normal that sometimes you will have some difficulties and sometimes easy for you but this is not a boring course. All you have to do on succeeding this course is that you have to start building your confidence, patience and be proactive always because this course needs a well diverse mind setting.

This course is not so difficult and not so easy as well. Imagine that 3 years studying at school and one year apprenticeship then you can be an engineer already. But you should have a strong foundation for yourself while studying and you have a well diverse attitude especially approaching on a person.

list bulletMy current job: I'm a third engineer right now. I'm in charge on auxiliary machinery on-board like boiler and auxiliary generators. I always make it sure that it is on great condition especially I'm on a oil-chemical tanker type vessel.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Honestly only 30%, because at the school it is more on theories even though we have a lot of practicals because once you are on-board you must have "diskarte" on your work. Your willingness to learn.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Right after my recognition the company representative recruits me, of course with the recommendation of the school which I earned it during my study.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Marine Engineering: I will for those who want to, because this profession is not that difficult, but you have a great responsibilities. Salary is not that bad after all, depends on your principal company.
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