What is Ocean Engineering?



Source: Karen Loudon

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By: Pedro Lopez, Journalist

What is ocean engineering? Ocean engineering is engineering principles in an ocean environment. The diversity of this environment and the challenge of the oceans perimeter is to make it an exciting career for young ocean engineers.

Ocean engineering prepares people to build systems that monitor and control along the coastal environments. Students learn to build dikes, flood control systems, and power stations in or near the ocean. They also learn to use math and science to solve problems caused by tidal forces, waves and currents.

What do Ocean Engineers do?

  • exploring offshore gases and oil fields
  • searching for methods for extracting energy from the oceans
  • coastal zone management
  • development of undersea vehicles and intelligent work systems
  • maintaining and deepening harbors and their entrance channels
  • designing fixed and floating offshore structures
  • beach restoration

Where do Ocean Engineers Work?

Typical ocean engineering application areas include: beach protection and nourishes, coastal structures, coastal erosion, development of ocean energy resources, instrumentation for coastal and offshore measurement’s, marine dredging and dredged material placement, moored and towed systems, ocean mining, offshore petroleum recovery, and dissolved constituent transport, subsea pipelines and cables, submersible vehicles, and underwater acoustics.