GME is one year full- time pre- sea training course divided into two semesters. This is a conversation course approved by the Directorate General of Shipping and intended for mechanical engineering or naval architecture graduates aspiring to become marine engineers.
Top Institutes/Universities offering this course are:
Marine engineering involves engineering of boats, ships, oil rigs and other marine vessels. The discipline essentially deals with the designing, maintenance and construction of naval vessels and ships. Different GME Colleges charge different fee. Hence, average course fee charged ranges from INR 24,000 to 2.4 Lacs.
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A marine engineer is responsible for technically managing the ship. Successful graduates of the course can find career opportunities both on and off shores in either allied field or in fields such as banking, teaching. Average starting salary of GME Graduate ranges from INR 1 to 11 Lacs
Tabulated below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Duration||1 year (Full time)|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||Bachelor’s degree in any specialization|
|Admission Process||Entrance test or direct admission in some cases|
|Average Course Fee||INR 24,000 to 2,40,000 P.A.|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 1,00,000 to 11,00,000 P.A.|
As an academic discipline, Marine Engineering covers concepts and processes involved in the manufacture, designing and operation of ship machinery and engines. The discipline is about the science of nautical architecture. Marine engineers are responsible for supervising the engine crew involved in operating marine vessels and equipment. Their responsibilities also include checking for the smooth functioning of electric motors, steam engines and propulsive engines etc. Marine engineers constantly work to improve the efficiencies of gas turbines, existing shipboard conventional steam equipment, nuclear propulsion plants and diesel plants.
Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in India. Also mentioned are the corresponding locations and the average fees charged by each.
|INSTITUTE||CITY/ STATE||AVERAGE FEES|
|Hindustan Institute of Maritime Training||Chennai||INR 4,95,000 P.A.|
|Maritime Foundation||Chennai||INR 3,00,000 P.A.|
|Coimbatore Marine Centre||Coimbatore||INR 3,00,000 P.A.|
|Vels University||Chennai||INR 2,50,700 P.A.|
|Training Ship Rahaman||Panvel||INR 4,01,000 P.A.|
|C.V. Raman College of Engineering||Bhubaneswar||INR 59,000 P.A.|
|Vishwakarma Maritime Institute||Pune||INR 24,000 P.A.|
|Mangalore Marine Institute||Mangalore||INR 2,70,000 P.A.|
The minimum criteria of eligibility for this course are divided between two main requirements- educational and medical.
B.E./ B.Tech degree holders in mechanical or naval architecture disciplines are eligible to pursue this course. Minimum marks criteria may exist in the case of some institutes. Generally, the minimum eligible score for admission lies between 50-60% aggregate marks in the B.E./ B.Tech program.
Medical/ Physical Standards
Candidates aspiring for the course need to be physically fit and capable of taking up seafaring roles. An unaided vision of 6/12 is required in each eye. Candidates should not be suffering from colour or night blindness. Also, the candidate should not be over 28 years of age at the time of the course’s commencement.
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The admission procedure varies from institute to institute. Eligible candidates may apply through any of online and offline modes. Also, some institutes have their own entrance exams in place for candidates’ assessment. There are also institutes in the country that offer direct admission on the basis of merit or a candidate’s score against a pre- set minimum cut-off score.
Semester- wise, students of the course in India study the following as part of their course curriculum:
|Marine auxiliaries||Ship operation management|
|Marine electro technology||Watch keeping and previous poll|
|Marine refrigeration and air conditioning||Naval arch and ship constant|
|Electrical lab||Electronic laboratory|
|Safe working practices||Welding and smithy shop|
|Fitting/ machine shop||Internal combustion engines|
|Computer lab||Marine engineering drawing|
|-||Ship in campus|
|-||Ship in campus annex|
|-||Control English lab|
Marine Engineers are extensively employed in various industries such as shipping, ship manufacturing, steel industry, power sector, manufacturing sector, consultancy firms etc. They design, construct and develop nautical equipment.
Successful graduates of the course are hired in both public and private shipping companies, engine production firms, ship building and designing firms, navy, and research institutions. Fresh Marine Engineers are also employed as the Third Assistant Engineer or Fourth Engineer, and in different foreign and Indian shipping companies.
Listed here are the various job positions on offer for successful graduates of the course. Also mentioned are the corresponding job descriptions and salaries offered for each role.
|JOB TYPE||JOB DESCRIPTION||AVERAGE SALARY|
|Marine Engineer||Responsible for designing, developing, building, installing, inspecting and maintaining propulsion systems, engines, pumps and other pieces of technical equipment that make boats and other maritime vessels function effectively. They work on all kinds of ships, from ferries, cargo ships and hovercrafts to cruise liners and military vessels, such as frigates, warships and submarines.||INR 11,43,000 P.A.|
|Marine Outside Sales Engineer||Responsible for searching for new clients who could benefit from their products in a designated region, traveling to visit potential clients, establishing new, and maintaining existing relationships with clients. They also manage and interpret customer requirements and calculate client quotations.||INR 1,20,000 P.A.|
|Marine Surveyor||Responsible for tackling water- based crafts spanning everything from speedboats to ocean liners. Their job is to inspect and evaluate ships, fishing boats or yachts to make sure that the specified government classifications are met. They also check the vessels against international regulations.||INR 6,61,000 P.A .|
|Coastal Marine Engineer||Responsible for maintaining, updating, and operating large vessels used for the production and transportation of gas and oil from production sites to their destinations. Offshore vessels use high-tech equipment in order to operate heavy machinery used to build structures off the coasts of oil producing nations.||INR 4,00,000 P.A.|
|Marine Sales Manager||Responsible for monitoring the market, establishing and maintaining close contact with customers to ensure customer satisfaction. They manage sales cycles and make accurate forecasts. They also prepare technical proposals, quotations and communicate clearly and concisely through professional presentations to customers in the field.||INR 11,43,000 P.A.|
|Structural Engineer||Responsible for preparing reports, designs and drawings, making calculations about loads and stresses, selecting appropriate construction materials, providing technical advice, obtaining planning and building regulation- related approvals.||INR 4,87,000 P.A.|