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Engineering Officer Program

The Great Lakes Maritime Academy prepares students for the challenge of operating commercial ships of any horsepower, steam or diesel, on the Great Lakes and oceans as merchant marine officers. Engineering officers are responsible for the efficient operation and maintenance of engines and support machinery aboard ship. The vessel may be diesel powered with multiple engines or turbine powered operating on high pressure steam, capable of generating thousands of horsepower. The Marine Engineer must understand these systems and keep them operating 24/7. Engineering Officers are also responsible for the ship’s business as associated with all onboard equipment and mechanical aspects of the vessel.

All qualified engineering cadets write the U.S. Coast Guard examination for licensing as a Third Assistant Engineer, Steam and Motor Vessels of any Horsepower. Graduates are fully compliant with STCW International Quality Standards. The curriculum awards a Bachelor of Science degree in Maritime Technology.

For those entering with transferable college credits, an accelerated program is available. Engineering Officer cadets may complete their program in as little as three years.

Cadets in the Engineering Officer Program also complete three sea projects (internships) while completing their academic curriculum.

Articulation Agreements:

3 year Engineering Officer Curriculum Guide

4 Year Engineering Officer Curriculum Guide

Engineering Officer Program Requirements

Course Descriptions

Tuition and Fees

Tier III Tuition - Courses in Maritime program (MDK, MNG, MNS)

Residency Status

Tuition Rate

In-District ( Grand Traverse County residents) Tuition

$536.00 per credit hour

In-State ( other Michigan counties) Tuition

$536.00 per credit hour

Out-of-state Tuition

$536.00 per credit hour

Maritime Program Fee

$500.00 per semester (excludes Summer Semester)

General Fee for all residencies for Maritime courses

$24.00 per contact hour

Cost of Attendance

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