The Marine Engineering Systems Design program is designed to:


  • provide a strong technical education in marine piping, machinery & propulsion systems design supported by a good knowledge of marine engineering and naval architecture
  • provide a good technical education in general mechanical engineering technology
  • prepare students for employment in marine, offshore and land based environments
  • develop analytical and synthesis skills complemented by practical training




Marine Engineering Systems Design (MESD) is a three-year technology program and a versatile, all-encompassing technical program that provides students with the mechanical design skills necessary to excel in both marine and land based industries. The marine engineering technology graduates learn how to design numerous systems and how many mechanical components operate, integrating fundamentals of math, physics, fluid dynamics and ship building.




Please refer to the Admissions Section of this Calendar.




Length of the Program:


Students will normally require three years to complete the diploma.


Number of Semesters:


The program consists of six (6) 13 week academic terms, one 91) ten week technical term and two (2) 6 week technical terms.


Number of Courses:


The program is comprised of a total of 48 courses.


Work Terms:


There are no work terms in the program however many students obtain summer employment within the field.


Topics Covered in each Semester:


In the early semesters, each semester is comprised of both academic and technical courses. As students' progress through the program, technical courses become the main focus.




This program is designed to graduate students with a variety of strengths that can be used in a large array of employment areas.


  • Discipline-related and application/design courses are supplemented by further courses in Mathematics, Engineering Design and Economics.
  • Computer application and familiarity with common engineering software is stressed wherever possible. Students complete courses designed to give extensive exposure to industry relevant software such as AutoCAD, MS Excel, MS Word, MS Powerpoint and more.
  • Students receive a state of the art laptop computer preloaded with all required software at the start of their second year and use it throughout the rest of their studies. After successful completion of the program, graduates may elect to purchase the laptop.
  • Courses in Engineering Economics and Management provide background in the financial aspects and project planning and management decision making methods.
  • MESD graduates are eligible for admission to the Memorial University Bachelor of Maritime Studies and Bachelor of Technology Programs.




NOTE: Changes to the program outline may be necessary to accommodate delivery restrictions due to COVID19. Every effort will be made to graduate students with as little disruption to the published outline as possible.


Term 1
CHEM 1100 (Chemistry)
ENGR 1103 (Engineering Graphics)
ENSY 1103 (Marine Systems0
One of: MATH 1100 (Pre-Calculus)
MATH 1101 (Introduction to Calculus)
NARC 1103 (Ships and Shipping)
PHYS 1100 (Physics)

Term 2
CMSK 1104 (Introduction to Technical Reporting)
ENGR 1201 (Introduction to AutoCAD)
FLDS 2100 (Fluid Mechanics)
One of: MATH 1100 (Pre-Calculus)
MATH 1101 (Introduction to Calculus)
MATH 1200 (Calculus)
MECH 2102 (Mechanics)
NARC 1104 (Steel Ship Structure)
PHYS 1200 (Physics)

Technical Session I
ENSY 2000 (Ship Engineering Design Process)
NARC 1101 (Ship Hull Geometry)
WKPR 2119 (Workshop Practice)
Term 3
ELTK 1100 (Electrotechnology)
ENSY 2103 (Power and Resistance Technology)
ENSY 2200 (Auxilliary Systems)
MATH 1200 (Calculus)
MTPR 2100 (Strength of Materials)
MTPR 2104 (Materials and Processes)
TRMO 2100 (Thermodynamics)

Term 4
ELTK 1200 (Electrotechnology)
ENSY 2102 (Propulsion Technology)
ENSY 2201 (Auxilliary Systems)
MATH 2101 (Advanced Calculus)
MTPR 3100 (Strength of Materials)
TRMO 2200 (Thermodynamics)

Technical Session 2
ENSY 2202 (Ship’s Space Ventilation)
ENSY 3000 (Cold Environment Design)
TRMO 3101 ( Applied Thermodynamics - Refrigeration & Air Conditioning)

Term 5
CNTL 2302 (Instrumentation, Controls & Automation)
ELTK 2102 (Marine Electrical Systems)
ENSY 3102 (Propulsion Arrangement Design)
ENSY 3103 (Ship Stability for MESD)
ENSY 3300 (Ship Engineering Project)
TRMO 3103 (Thermodynamics)

Term 6
BSMG 3206 (Feasibility and Economics in Ship Design)
ENSY 3104 (Applied Marine Engineering Ship Design)
ENSY 3301 (Ship Engineering Project)
ENSY 3302 (Marine Electrical Project)
ENSY 3303 (Auxiliary Machinery Arrangement)
ENSY 3304 (Piping Arrangement Design)


Technical Session 3
ENSY 3105 (Offshore and Subsea Systems)
ENSY 3305 (Project Presentation)
FLDS 2201 (Marine Hydraulics)




There are no specific physical requirements required to enroll in the Marine Engineering Systems Design program.




The Marine Engineering Systems Design technology program aims to prepare students for careers in shipbuilding, ship repair and offshore industries (oil & gas and wind farms), and also in general mechanical engineering. In addition, students find employment with government agencies, consulting engineering firms, offshore and ocean engineering companies, engineering sales and servicing companies, utility and industrial production companies. Some students find employment with the Canadian Navy, refineries and pipelines industry.


This program permits many versatile and diverse job opportunities. Most graduating technologists from this program will work initially under the supervision of professional engineers or technologists, but will, as their careers advance, work independently. Many graduates have advanced to senior positions and some are partners in engineering enterprises.


The program prepares graduates for local, national, and international job markets. With the variety of courses, graduating students have exposure to the most common areas of mechanical and marine engineering.