Ship Operation Engineering

Most of products traded internationally are transported with ships by sea. Therefore, the maritime transport is not only one of the most efficient but also one of the most economical means of transport. With the growing global economy and increasing requirements on energy efficiency, environmental friendliness and security, challenges and activity fields for marine engineers are increasing constantly. Highly qualified employees are needed both on land and at sea to control and optimize the operation of technical installations.

It is exactly these specialists that have been educated for 120 years in Bremerhaven. In the study course Ship operation engineering the students acquire both theoretical and practical knowledge which qualify them for the technological, operational and personnel management of machinery on land and at sea. Anyone who has not had any recognized seagoing service from other trainings can put to sea already at the beginning of the study: In the first internship semester the prospective engineers of the engine department can get to know their workplace on board of ocean-going ships. 

At the following basic study stage, in addition to basic disciplines of natural sciences and engineering such as engineering mechanics, thermodynamics and electrical engineering, there are also specific courses such as maritime economics, maritime english, human resource management, operating materials and hazardous substances in the curriculum. The operation of technical plants is dealt with at the main study stage. Therefore, the students learn knowledge about combustion engine, machines, steam systems and electrical systems. The introduction of public law, maritime law, management and occupational safety complements the main study stage. Exercises in laboratories on running plants and ship engine simulators as well as independent experiments and projects ensure a high level of practical relevance. The second internship semester is planned in the seventh semester in which the students should prepare themselves as officers in charge of technical watch on ships. The Bachelor’s thesis which can be completed in cooperation with a shipping company or an industrial company makes the practice-oriented study even more complete.

After the students have graduated in Ship operation engineering, they are optimally prepared for the entry into professional life: Firstly, the Bachelor’s programme qualifies the students for the certificate of officers in charge of technical watch with which the graduates can put out to sea as head of machine systems after further service on board. Secondly, the students possess theoretical and practical know-how to work in technical ship management on land or for maritime suppliers and maritime administration. Moreover, in the field of energy supply and technical plant management there are also interesting occupations. Anyone, who is willing to deepen his knowledge and specialise in specific subjects before entering into professional life, can continue the study in the Master’s programme process engineering and energy technology or infrastructure Management and public private partnership.