Maritime engineering is concerned with the design and construction of maritime structures such as ships, submarines, yachts oil rigs and ports. Graduates of maritime engineering degrees can be found in the shipbuilding industry, high-speed ferry industry, marine consultancy firms, with government - commercial shipping, transport policy and administration and in the insurance sector. Graduates of this degree will be accredited by both Engineers Australia and (uniquely) by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (UK) increasing the job opportunities nationally and internationally.
The course prepares students for careers in one of three areas:
- Marine and Offshore Engineering - the selection, deployment and commissioning of machinery, machinery systems and operational systems for merchant and naval vessels plus offshore floating and fixed vessels/structures. Building on core fundamental engineering units, this degree specialises in associated mechanical and mechanical-electrical power generation, machinery and operational systems.
- Naval Architecture - the shipbuilding industry, high-speed ferry industry, marine consultancy firms and in government in areas of commercial shipping, transport policy and administration and in insurance sector. A particular focus of the award for South Australian entrants will be on the developing naval industry in Adelaide.
- Ocean Engineering - the design, construction, installation and management of offshore fixed, floating, subsea and coastal structures. The degree integrates a core set of fundamental engineering units which focus on wave mechanics, hydrodynamics, structural mechanics and dynamics of offshore and subsea structures and coastal technologies
With the release of the defence white paper outlining substantial increases to defence capabilities including substantial naval capability, the shortages of qualified engineers capable of working the burgeoning defence industry can only worsen. The Australian Government has decided to acquire 12 new Future Submarines, to be assembled in South Australia. This will be a major design and construction program spanning three decades, and will be Australia's largest ever single defence project representing $250 billion. Australian industry involvement will need to be factored into the design, development and construction phases, and the sustainment and maintenance life cycle of these boats, which will extend well into the 2050s and possibly beyond.
The Bachelor of Engineering (Maritime) award at Flinders enables students to transition into three alternative awards once at the AMC:
- Bachelor of Engineering (Marine and Offshore Systems),
- Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture) and the
- Bachelor of Engineering (Ocean Engineering).
The Bachelor of Engineering (Maritime) degree is the result of a collaboration between Flinders University and the Australian Maritime College (a specialist institute of the University of Tasmania). Designed to address a substantial opportunity in South Australia and strongly supported by industry, students spend time in both Adelaide and Launceston studying and using state-of-the-art equipment. The Australian Maritime College is generally regarded as the premier institution in Australia for Maritime Engineering.
Flinders has had an excellent reputation for producing employable graduates since engineering was first taught here early in the 1990s. Graduates from Flinders awards have gone on to win Fulbright scholarships, and a number of Institution of Engineering and Technology prizes over the years.
- Bachelor of Engineering (Maritime) (Honours)
- Master of Engineering [by research]
- Doctor of Philosophy
Research in Maritime Engineering
Flinders research in engineering related to maritime engineering is strong with substantial research in the design of underwater vehicles, control systems, signal processing, instrumentation and embedded systems. In particular, a research strength of the School is in Autonomous Underwater Vehicles and we currently have research links with the AMC and CSIRO in this area.
Research in maritime systems is included in strengths such as the Centre for Maritime Engineering, Control and Imaging (CMECI) and the ARC Research Training Centre for Naval Design and Manufacturing (core partner with U Tasmania and U Wollongong). This group has an enviable research record and students wishing and capable of undertaking postgraduate research are particularly welcomed.