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Marine engineering is a different and distinct branch of engineering. Though it comes under the gamut of engineering, like architecture, it is a separate field. It is considered to be a lucrative and glamorous career option with good placement records because shipping is an employment intensive industry and most of those who complete this course get placed by the time they graduate.

Marine engineers are like the engines of the ships. They are entrusted with the responsibility of supervision and maintenance of boilers, engines and other machineries of a ship in addition to developing and designing new technology related to ships. Apart from this, they are also entrusted with the task of ensuring safety standards while the ship is on sail. In a nutshell, the marine engineer is the technical functional head of the ship.

Skills/Traits needed
To be able to work in this field one must be willing to work in a team. Multi tasking and problem solving skills are also required. A marine engineer has to travel for long periods on a ship and therefore, is away from his family for considerable times. Besides, he has to interact with people of different nationalities. All this demands a personality that is gregarious and likes mixing with people.

Moolah Factor
Marine engineering offers good money. At the start of your career you can expect between 35,000-40,000 as trainee engineer which can go up to Rs.6lakh or above per month when you reach the position of chief engineer.

Future prospects
As mentioned above, shipping industry has jobs in plenty because it is a field that is growing every day. As a marine engineer you can work on the public and private shipping companies. You  may also take up a shore job in a marine institute as a teacher or work in shipping offices as a marine superintendent.

In order to become a marine engineer you must complete the four-year degree in marine engineering. The eligibility requirements for the course are listed as below:
1. Males must be below the age of 25 years and for females the age bar is 27 years. You should be unmarried.
2. You must have studied Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in class 12th and secured at least 60%. Besides, you must have 50% marks in English either in class 10th or 12th.
3. You must be also physically and mentally fit according to the standards set by DG Shipping, Directorate General of Shipping (DGS).

There are many marine engineering colleges in India which conduct marine engineering courses. The Indian Maritime University (IMU), a central university, is the principal governing authority that caters to the educational requirements of the maritime industry. It offers degree, post graduate degree and research programmes in all disciplines of maritime sector. Here is a list of the government institutions affiliated to it.
• National Maritime Academy, Chennai
• T S Chanakya, Mumbai
•  Lal Bahadur Shastri College of Advanced Maritime Studies & Research, Mumbai
•  Marine Engineering Research Institute, Mumbai
•  Marine Engineering Research Institute, Kolkata
•  Indian Institute of Port Management, Kolkata
•  National Ship Design & Research Centre, Visakhapatnam
•  IMU Cochin Campus
Besides these, there are many other private institutes and colleges that conduct courses in marine engineering.

Mode of Selection
Admission to B.Tech in Marine Engineering depends on the ranks secured by the candidates in the All-India Engineering exams like AIEEE, IIT-JEE and state level engineering entrance exams. The premier institutes like Marine Engineering Research Institute, Mumbai, Kolkata, National Maritime Academy Chennai take admission on the basis of IIT-JEE scores.

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