Marine Technology

Marine Technology Overview

In 1.5 years, through our year-round schedule, you can earn an Associate of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology with a concentration in Marine Transportation Technology.

Marine Technology focuses on modern vessel control systems and how ships navigate through the oceans, rivers, and bays. You can learn fundamentals of navigation and how to ascertain a vessel's geographic position to ensure the safety of the ship, cargo and/or passengers. This concentration not only offers the opportunity to learn the skills needed to sail and explore the waterways, it also presents you with a career pathway to pursue future education related to the maritime field such as Marine Engineering Technology, Electronics Engineering, and Marine Logistics Education.

Most classes are held at ECPI University's Virginia Beach, VA Campus. The concentration courses and select electives are taught by ECPI at the facilities of Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy in Virginia Beach, VA.

For more information about this program and its outcomes, please see the program description in the University Catalog. Marine Technology Program Description

What You Can Learn in Marine Technology

Our Marine Technology curriculum focuses on real-world application of electrical engineering principles. You will also study about everyday operations of the vessel including cargo handling, safety of equipment and machinery aboard the ship, and port-side logistics.

The curriculum provides graduates with the education and experience needed for employment in a variety of industries in the private and public sector including marine transportation involving:

  • Merchant ships
  • Tugboats
  • Towboats
  • Ferries
  • Barges

The program focuses on core areas such as:

  • System view of the ship's operation and security
  • Shipboard and port-side cargo operations
  • Maritime related environmental and regulatory concerns
  • Meteorology and oceanography
  • Analog and digital electronics
  • Computer hardware and software, computer programming, and networks

Building upon ECPI's tradition of providing an interactive and "real world" hands-on education in technology, you will:

  • Use testing and measuring instruments to acquire data and analyze problems
  • Plot and track the geographical position of a vessel
  • Demonstrate enforcement of sound safety procedures for vessel security
  • Manage vessel logistics
  • Identify, analyze and solve technical problems
  • Demonstrate an ability to manage engineering technology projects

Where You Can Go In Marine Technology

Graduates from the field of Marine Technology are prepared to seek Merchant Mariner certification in the United States Merchant Marines and may be employed in a wide spectrum of commercial maritime areas in positions such as:

  • Able Seaman
  • Ordinary Seamen
  • Apprentice Mate of Towing Vessels
  • Merchant Mariner
  • Engineering Technician
  • Electrical/Computer Engineering Technician