Course structure

The course begins with the first practical term spent on machine duty on board a seagoing ship in order to familiarise the student with the profession. This is followed by a Foundation Course lasting three terms in which primarily basic natural science and engineering science subjects are taught, such as Mathematics, Engineering Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Electrical Engineering. The curriculum however also includes course-specific topics such as Maritime Traffic Management, Maritime English, Personnel Management or Operating and Hazardous Materials. The Advanced Course mainly comprises those courses which concentrate on the knowledge required to operate the machinery, such as combustion engines and plants, machines, steam installations, electrical machines and the field of automation and control engineering. Instruction in Public Law and Maritime Law as well as Business Management and Occupational Health and Safety round off the Advanced Course. In addition to laboratory exercises on working machines, simulator exercises are also used to a major degree to teach and test skills. In the seventh term, students complete their second practical term which aims to prepare them for duty as Technical Watch Officer. The Bachelor thesis is embedded in the eighth and last term.
The Ship Operation Engineering course qualifies graduates for technical, operational and personnel management tasks in machine facilities on board ship and on land.