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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:

list bulletWhy did I choose Marine Engineering: Since it is in line with my field of interest and it is a bonus that I could earn a greener pasture and I will be able to travel around the world for free.

list bulletAbout my college education: I was able to learn the background of engines as well as their parts and functions. I have also developed skills in using the welding machines, lathe machines, and milling machines. We were also trained to use manual working tools.we were also taught on troubleshooting of machinery.

The subject that I found difficult was Machine Shop and Naval Architecture. The most useful thing that I have learned are the skills like welding and lathe machining. Passing the exam was a bit difficult since there are parts of the exam that I was not able to learn from school or some I have already forgotten.

If you want to be successful in this course you have to develop stability under pressure and critical thinking.

list bulletMy current job: I am a marine engineer, specifically a 3rd engineer on-board.
I am in charge of maintenance work for the machinery on board the vessel. And I am part of the team who is in charge of safe and efficient operation of the engine and machinery on board.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Troubleshooting and work shop skills are the things that I have learned from school that I have applied to my job on-board.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Since I was part of the scholarship program, even before graduation I already had my company, and 6 months after graduation, after I completed my documents, I was able to go on board.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Marine Engineering: With regards to employment opportunities, as of now that the world of shipping is greatly affected by the global economic downfall, so I would not recommend taking up this course, since job opportunities is a bit low compared to the number of graduates.

For first timers on international sailing vessels, salary ranges from 450 to 1,000 usd per month. And for the rest, it depends on the position on board - the higher the position the higher the salary.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: If you want to study this course you to start developing your critical thinking skills and prepare yourself in doing heavy jobs. As much as possible you should also try to develop your skill in using handheld tools. And most importantly assess yourself whether you can handle pressure and you can live far from people who are important to you.
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