Maritime Engineering

Maritime Engineering is about the design and construction of sea-going vessels, installations and platforms and associated mechanical and electrical systems.

Studying in this area involves learning about mathematics, physics, project management and design – applied to the maritime industry.

Maritime Engineering is also about naval, civilian and recreational shipping and the marine and offshore oil and gas (and wave power) industries.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Did you know?

Built in 1979 and scrapped in 2009, the world’s largest supertanker ever, Seawise Giant (later named Knock Nevis), was over 458 m long – longer than the Empire State Building is tall!

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Maritime engineer
  • Naval architect
  • Maritime engineering consultant
  • Coastal engineer
  • Offshore engineer
  • Oil and gas industry engineer
  • Public policy analyst
  • Technology teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


157% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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