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Management Program In Marine Engineering Environment

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.372.1 - 4.372.9

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Boris Butman

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Session 2642


Boris Butman, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY


The existing curricula in maritime colleges does not satisfy the growing requirement to provide future marine engineering officers with the basic economic and management knowledge. Introduction of an engineering management program in such a highly specialized engineering school creates its own difficulties and specific challenges, and, as a result, requires a substantial modification of the traditional approach. On one side, being dedicated to a single industry the school can better steer the program and determine the boundaries of the subjects included. On the other side, the already overloaded four-year program limits an in-depth exposure to some vital theoretical concepts. This paper is intended to emphasize the importance of the engineering management training in the maritime environment, and to offer practical resolutions.

I. Reasons For Program Development

There is no doubt that enhanced economic and management education should improve the decision making process on all levels of activities from global projects to routine day-to-day operational decisions. Another important reason for additional economic and management training is to make the marine engineering program more attractive for prospective cadets. Nowadays, when a young man or woman is considering a maritime profession, a couple of questions might pop up: What will happen to me if in a few years after graduation I would not be able or would not want to sail any more? Will I be prepared for a shoreside job? Additional economic and management knowledge offered at school might amplify the management career path ashore. This consideration might appear a decisive one in choosing the profession.

If the question of a possible career change in the future appears, again additional economic and management training helps to get a positive answer. These days, when the romantic attractiveness of the marine engineering profession is getting weaker, the maritime colleges have

Butman, B. (1999, June), Management Program In Marine Engineering Environment Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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