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Industrial Expectations for Marine Engineering Major Students

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Ocean and Marine Division Technical Session 3

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Ocean and Marine

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Wei Yu Massachusetts Maritime Academy

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Dr. Wei Yu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He received the Ph.D degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida State University in 2010. From 2014 to 2016, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Southern University. From 2010 to 2014, he was a software automation engineer for Teradyne and Shell Techworks, developing intelligent robotic system for semiconductor and energy industries.

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Gail M. Stephens Massachusetts Maritime Academy

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Gail M. Stephens, PE, is an Assistant Professor in the Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA). Gail holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining the MMA, Gail served as a Civil Engineer Corps officer of the United States Navy for almost 10 years, worked in private industry, and co-founded two companies one in product development and the other in service.

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William Haynes Massachusetts Maritime Academy

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Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) has a special mission to deliver highly qualified graduates in marine engineering to the maritime industry. The engineering department of MMA has an engineering advisory council (EAC) comprised of industrial representatives who meet with the department twice a year to provide feedback on the emerging job market and the strengths and weaknesses of the MMA marine program. While the majority of the EAC members are from Massachusetts-based companies, it would be beneficial to seek the industrial expectations on a national scope.

This paper targets the industrial expectations for the marine engineering major students on a national scope. Job hunting websites, including indeed, linkedin, glassdoor, monster and careerbuilder, have been used to collect national information on the 115 marine engineering jobs available from May 2017 to Oct 2017. Statistical analysis has revealed the industrial expectations for the top job placements (locations), the top job categories, and software skills most in demand. The paper also discusses possible modifications to the existing MMA curriculum and course contents to better meet these industrial expectations, including assigning practical projects in courses, such as Strength of Material, Electronics, etc.

Yu, W., & Stephens, G. M., & Haynes, W. (2018, June), Industrial Expectations for Marine Engineering Major Students Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30656

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