Ocean Engineering and Sciences

Ocean Engineering

Ocean Engineering

What is Ocean Engineering?

Ocean engineering is a multidisciplinary field of technology applied to the ocean environment. It is a combination of the classical engineering disciplines such as civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, with naval architecture and applied oceanography.

What is the mission of the Ocean Engineering Program?

The mission of the Ocean Engineering program is to provide a world-class education to its students by:

  • Providing high-quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare students for professional ocean engineering careers in industry, academia, and government.
  • Developing and maintaining internationally recognized research programs in selected areas of ocean engineering.
  • Actively serving the profession and the community in the areas of our expertise.
  • Providing a challenging work and learning environment where diversity, community, scholarship, professional development, and excellence are valued and rewarded.

Where will you use Ocean Engineering?

Opportunities exist for Ocean Engineers in the private, educational, corporate, and governmental sectors. Some career areas to consider are: Offshore Oil Recovery, Marine Metals and Corrosion, Coastal Construction, Global Climate Monitoring, Renewable Energy, Underwater Vehicles, Remote Sensing, Marine Transportation, Naval Architecture, Instrumentation Design. 

Why Ocean Engineering at Florida Tech?

We don't just create engineers here; we prepare our students for real world problems by providing real world, interdisciplinary understanding and experience. The ocean engineering curriculum places emphasis on the solution of engineering problems through the application of advanced knowledge that spans various disciplines. Our program is based in five areas of concentration: coastal engineering, hydrographic engineering, marine vehicles (Naval Architecture), marine materials and corrosion, and underwater technology. The ocean engineering faculty works closely with the faculties of oceanography and environmental science within the department, and with other programs throughout the university. This enables the ocean engineering students to undertake interdisciplinary research in the environmental and oceanographic sciences, and also in fundamental aspects of ocean engineering.

Our Undergraduate Program:

Undergraduate students earn a B.S. in ocean engineering upon completion of 135 credits in science, engineering and mathematics, including a summer program in engineering design.

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Our Graduate Program:

The M.S. in ocean engineering can be earned on either a full-time or part-time basis and the degree is conferred on students who have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours (including thesis) of course work. A non thesis option is also offered with three additional courses required instead of thesis research. For the Doctor of Philosophy degree, 48 credit hours are required (including 24 hours of dissertation) beyond the master's degree.

Florida Tech's ocean engineering graduate program is one of 20 ocean engineering programs in the United States, but is one of the only programs that links so closely with oceanographers, meteorologists, environmental scientists, and coastal managers. The university is located on the Atlantic Coast in Central Florida. Nearby facilities include NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the Disney Complex, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, Hubbs Sea World Research Institute, Harris Corporation and many other advanced technology and engineering corporations.

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M.S. Ocean Engineering

Ph.D. Ocean Engineering

Current and Recent Projects:

  • Numerical models of hydrodynamics and sediment transport
  • Sebastian Inlet real-time oceanographic and meterological data
  • Ship motions in shallow water harbors
  • High-speed small craft hydrodynamics
  • Maintenance of the Living Seas structure
  • Ship corrosion and biofouling
  • Artificial reefs of the Mexican Caribbean
  • Design and construction of remotely operated vehicles (flyers and crawlers)
  • Design and construction of autonomous underwater vehicles


Educational Objectives & Student Outcomes for the B.S. in the Ocean Engineering Program

Academic fundamentals: Graduates will have achieved sufficient mastery of the academic fundamentals that underpin a successful career related to ocean engineering. These fundamentals include knowledge of chemistry, calculus-based physics, advanced mathematics, engineering sciences, humanities, social sciences, information technology and experimental methodologies.

Engineering practice: Graduates will have achieved sufficient competence in the application of engineering skills for the practical solution of problems related to the ocean engineering profession. These skills include systematic problem formulations, techniques for their solutions, and methodologies for designing systems in the main stems of Florida Tech ocean engineering: coastal processes, hydrographic engineering, materials and structures, instrumentation, and naval architecture and ocean systems/underwater technologies.

Teamwork and communication: Graduates will have obtained confidence and ability to work both independently and as productive members of a team. Graduates are to attain a mastery of technical communication, and practice the interpersonal and organizational skills required to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams.

Professional development: Graduates will be instilled with the desire to contribute to the profession and to society on a continuing basis.They are encouraged to pursue various options consistent with lifelong learning, maintain ethical professional conduct, have knowledge of contemporary issues, participate in professional organizations and contribute to diversity in the community.

The student outcomes for the B.S. in the Ocean Engineering program at Florida Tech are:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Enrollment and Graduation Data for the B.S. in the Ocean Engineering Program

Annual student enrollment and graduation data for the B.S. in the Ocean Engineering program are provided by Florida Tech’s Office of Institutional Research.