Marine Engineering

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Do you like bodies of water, especially seas and oceans? Have you ever dreamt of building your own ship or sea port? You might be interested in Marine engineering. The growth of the industry and the continued research and development in the field has rubbed off on the academic study of this engineering field and more people have started to create a pathway towards it.


The increase in the commercial activities, across the seas also had a positive impact on marine engineering with unprecedented rise in the number of merchant navy vessels and trading. You will require you to undergo comprehensive training in both theoretical as well as practical aspects of the science. In some cases, the practical sessions are conducted in school and some sessions will be conducted in real sites such as shipyards.

Subject Focus


  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Additional Mathematics


  • Conservation Laws
  • Navigation
  • Ocean Structures
  • Naval Architecture
  • Effects of Waves

Entry Requirements:

Diploma: SPM, O-level, equivalent

Degree: A-level, Foundation, Diploma or anything equivalent.

Personality Type

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ENTP: You are a theory-driven adventurer. You are a problem-solvers, multi-taskers and broad thinkers. You love showing off your skills and playing with big, impressive toys.

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Holland Vocational Code: Realistic, Investigative and Conventional

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Career Info

As a marine engineering major, you can either become a sea-going engineer (work on real-time problems at sea such as repairs, safety and environmental hazards) or a ground-based engineer (work on research and development). Prior knowledge of sailing is required to become a marine engineer at sea. Marine engineers work closely in a team of professionals from various fields to design and construct a watercraft.

Here are just a few titles you can obtain with this career path.

  • Naval Architect
  • Work Package Engineer
  • Ship Engineer Officer
  • Mobile Platform Chief Engineer

Entry Level: RM 2,500 – RM 4,500

Professional Level: RM 4,500 – RM 9,000

Job Demand

In Malaysia: As of 2015, an average of about 10 engineers and skilled technicians are employed per vessel. A total of 6,000 professionals and semi-professionals in sea-going ship operations are employed by non-governmental parties. Furthermore, the country’s shipbuilding and ship repairing industry is foretasted to generate 20,000 employment opportunities by 2020.

Global Demand: Once you step onto the ship, you have the chance to travel the world by sea. Slow as it may be, you have the time to explore your environment for the next couple of months and understand your role upon the ship, ensuring the safety its crew and a successful journey.

Becoming Professional

A marine engineer has to acquire knowledge in other fields of engineering to build a safe, efficient, cost-effective and seaworthy watercraft. They usually work in shipyards, design & consultation firms, equipment manufacturers, regulatory bodies, navies and the government.

Useful links

Association of Marine Industries of Malaysia..

Maritime Institute of Malaysia..

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