Diploma in Marine Engineering: Details, Scope, Jobs & Salary

Diploma in Marine Engineering is a 2 years long Diploma pre sea training program. In this article, you will be reading correct details about Diploma Marine Engineering course, such as- eligibility criteria, admission process, career prospects and career paths.

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Here is a quick overview of Diploma in Marine Engineering course –

Name of the course Diploma in Marine Engineering
Duration 2 years
Type of course Diploma (pre sea training course)
Fees Around 200-500K INR
Age limit (maximum) 28 years


Ships are responsible for transportation of people and goods from one part of the world to another. To be precise, around 96% of goods transportation takes place through ships! In short, shipping sector touches our daily lives directly or indirectly. I mentioned the above facts just to underline and emphasize the size of this industry and the scope associated with it. Marine Engineering is a discipline of engineering that is directly related to shipping industry.


Marine Engineering: Introduction

A ship functions due to its various parts, which work in tandem. Some of the well known machines and parts present in a ship are- Generators, Engines, Fuel Tanks, Refrigeration Units, Boilers, Pumps, Turbines, Electrical and Electronic Systems etc.


A marine engineer is responsible for designing, planning, manufacturing, maintaining and repairing various machinery and parts of a ship, like the ones I’ve mentioned above. A ship can be compared to human body. For its efficient functioning, various parts (organs) have to function smoothly. A marine engineer is trained to develop, maintain and repair such parts of a ship!


Marine engineer can function in two different ways- Ashore work and aboard work. After completing Diploma in Marine Engineering, one may take up ashore work and take up tasks such as designing, manufacturing, maintaining and repairing parts of ships.


Merchant navy (on board) job is much more rewarding than the ashore work. It involves higher salary, lots of travel, perks (free boarding and food), longer vacations etc.


Diploma in Marine Engineering: Course details

Diploma in Marine Engineering is a merchant navy program. Technically speaking, it is a pre sea training program. This course has been crafted keeping the needs of diploma holders in mind. The course is 2 years long. Candidates who have completed diploma course in specific disciplines are eligible to pursue this course. Eligibility criteria & other conditions have been discussed in detail ahead.


The curriculum consists of the following main aspects –

  • 1 year of classroom lectures
  • 6 months of workshop training
  • 6 months of marine onboard training


This course is well known as DME course. On successfully completing the course, a candidate will be awarded the marine engineer certificate of competency. This certificate is issued by the Ministry of Shipping.


After course completion, candidates are eligible to join merchant navy ships. After completing 6 months long sea service aboard the ship, a candidate has to appear for MEO Class 4, Part A examination.


Let us check out eligibility criteria now.


Eligibility criteria

Candidate must have completed Diploma in Mechanical/Electrical/Electrical & Electronics/Naval Architecture/Shipbuilding & Repair course from a recognized institute. Candidate must have scored at least 50% marks in the final year of the diploma program. Apart from that, candidate must also have scored at least 50% marks in English subject in 10th or 12th or diploma course.


Physical & medical fitness

Candidate should be physically fit as per the standards set by Ministry of Shipping. Candidate must have eyesight of 6/6 or 6/12 in each eye or 6/9 in the better eye and 6/18 in the other eye. Candidate must not have color-blindness.


Age limit

Candidate’s age must be within 28 years at the time of commencement of the course.


Admission process

Most institutes follow merit based admission process. Marks scored in entrance test (state/national level) and 12th board examination are taken into consideration. Seats are allotted to eligible candidates based on merit marks.


Some of the reputed institutes have their own qualifying test and interview. Candidates who are interested in such institutes must pass the qualifying test and the interview that follows the test.


Diploma in Marine Engineering syllabus

To get a better idea about the course structure, let us run through some of the important subjects present in Diploma in Marine Engineering program. Note: Only important subjects have been mentioned.

  • Ship Design and Construction
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Diesel Engine
  • Boilers
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning System
  • Fuels, Oils and Lubricants
  • Safety Technology and Management
  • Electrical and Electronic System
  • Thermodynamics
  • Hydraulics
  • Welding Technology
  • Communication Skills
  • Engineering Graphics
  • Turbines
  • Fitting shop (workshop training)
  • Machine shop (workshop training)
  • Welding shop (workshop training)


Along with theoretical classroom sessions, many of the subjects mentioned above also have practical sessions associated with them. The 3 years long academic program is divided into 6 semesters, with each semester lasting for a period of 6 months. Evaluation is done at the end of each semester via written as well as practical examinations.


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Diploma courses after 10th

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Merchant Navy after 10th


Higher studies and courses

After 6 months of on board training, one may appear for MEO Class 4 examination. On clearing this examination, one will be given the rank of fourth engineer aboard the ship! With further examinations and sea service, one may rise through the ranks and become a Chief Engineer some day!


Diploma in Marine Engineering scope, jobs & salary

Previously, I mentioned how enormous and important the shipping industry is. World economy, to an extent, is dependent on this industry. Diverse job opportunities are available in front of marine engineers. Government and private sector jobs related to shipping industry are the prime attractions. Starting salary could be anywhere between 25 to 50K INR per month (average figure).


Talking about job opportunities ashore, one may find work in ports operated by the Government or private players. One may also find work at shipyards. Firms designing and building ships are well known recruiters. Companies manufacturing machinery, parts and devices used in ships are also known to recruit marine engineers. Some of the well known job profiles available include-

  • Marine Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Quality Control Engineer
  • Marketing professional
  • Machine/Parts Design Specialist
  • Port Manager/Engineer
  • Technical Supervisor
  • Technical Consultant


Coming to on board jobs, merchant navy offers rewarding as well as challenging opportunities to qualified marine engineers. After completing pre sea training, sea service and examination, one may start working aboard a merchant navy ship as a marine engineer.


The tasks of a marine engineer aboard a merchant navy ship include- following instructions from Captain and superior engineers, supervising engine room crew, operation & maintenance of machinery on ship, ensure overall safety etc.


The ranks available are (one may rise through the ranks with experience and by appearing for examinations)-

  • Chief Engineer
  • Second Engineer
  • Third Engineer
  • Fourth Engineer
  • Engine Cadet/Junior Engineer
Arun Kallarackal
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18 thoughts on “Diploma in Marine Engineering: Details, Scope, Jobs & Salary”

  1. Sir I wonna join marine engineering diploma. And my qualifications are 10th pass out so sir plz can you give some names of marine diploma collage and now I want to join diploma.

  2. Sir I am 10th appearing student
    I want to join marine diploma colleges
    Can u suggest me some of the colleges near UP..
    I want to take admission in marine university

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