Marine Engineering at ODU

Marine Engineering Minor

The minor in marine engineering is open to all students with the exception of those students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program’s Marine Engineering option. Students seeking the minor must satisfy all pre- or corequisite requirements for the courses selected. The minor is multidisciplinary and consists of four courses in topics that are relevant to the shipbuilding, maintenance, repair and maritime operations industries.

The course requirements are as follows:

MET 475Marine Engineering I3
MET 476Marine Engineering II3
MAE 450Principles of Naval Architecture3
MAE 417Propulsion Systems3
Total Hours12

Mechanical Engineering Technology- Marine Systems Area of Concentration

The Marine concentration provides the skills necessary for success working in the commercial or naval ship design field and includes exposure to basic ship characteristics, the unique aspects of ship design, familiarization with ship construction processes and techniques, various shipboard systems, basic shipboard operations and maintenance principles and philosophies.

MET 474. Naval Architecture I. 3 Credits.

This course includes fundamentals of ship and marine vessel design, including ship geometry, hydrostatics, intact and damage stability, marine structures, resistance and propulsion, and shipbuilding and construction of marine vessels. Students will learn how these topics apply to naval and commercial ships, sailing vessels, and recreational small craft. Prerequisites: MAE 220 or CET 220MAE 303 or CEE 330 and MET 330.

MET 475. Marine Engineering I. 3 Credits.

This course includes: fundamental principles of naval architecture including nomenclature, geometry, stability, hydrostatics, structures, and motions; ship design processes; and a basic introduction to shipboard systems such as HVAC, refrigeration, power generation, propulsion, hydraulics, electronics, cargo handling systems, seawater systems, freshwater systems, and fuel, lube and other oil systems.Prerequisites: MET 330 and MET 350.

MET 476. Marine Engineering II. 3 Credits.

This course builds upon MET 475 and provides a more in-depth look on how the marine shipbuilding industry is using various software including SIEMENS PLM, 3D CAD modeling and new technologies like laser scanners and augmented reality to reshape the future of shipbuilding, maintenance, and repair processes. Focus will be based on model-based learning and creating a “digital thread” of information. Students will practice what they learn on shipbuilding concepts using commercial software that is widely used across automotive, aerospace, and marine industries. Prerequisites: MET 475.

MET 480. High Performance Piston Engines. 3 Credits.

A study of the fundamental principles and performance characteristics of spark ignition and diesel internal combustion engines. Overview of engine types and their operation, engine design and operating parameters; ideal and semi-empirical models of engine cycles; combustion, fluid flow and thermal considerations in engine design and performance. Laboratory evaluation of engine performance using flow and dynamometer systems. (cross-listed with MAE 477/MAE 577) Prerequisite: MET 350 or MAE 312.

MET 485. Maintenance Engineering. 3 Credits.

This course looks at maintenance systems: predictive, preventative and corrective; large scale maintenance systems, principles of reliability engineering, maritime logistics; planning for maintenance and repair, using and ordering spare parts, technical manuals, system specifications, and shipyard operations. Prerequisites: ENGT 305 and MET 200.