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Bachelor of Engineering

Maritime Technology

The aim of the education is to train competent and versatile chief engineers for domestic, European and international traffic.

The main task of a chief engineer includes being responsible for leading vessels technical department, and being responsible for vessels technical safety concerning both people and the environment.

The education also offers a good base for functioning in leading positions in land-based organizations within the maritime field.

Field of study

Technology and Seafaring


4,5 years 270 Credits

Study format

Day-time or blended studies

Application period

3–17 January 2024

Educational institution

Novia UAS



Previous knowledge

Day-time studies

You can apply for day-time studies if you have a senior secondary school degree and/or university degree.

Blended studies

You can apply for blended studies if you have completed a Watchkeeping Engine Officer degree or another comparable STCW approved Watchkeeping Engine Officer degree (i.e. Navy, Coast Guard). You need also Certificate of Competency, at least Watchkeeping Engine Officer certificate (STCW A/lll-1) if you don’t have a Finnish engine officer exam.

Maritime simulators - engine room simulator

Study Content

The training fulfils the requirements set in The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW-convention). The programme is offered in English.

The studies consist of:

  • Basic Studies
  • Professional Studies
  • Elective Studies
  • Onboard Training
  • Thesis

The core studies cover the duties of engine officers.

Which are made up of the following subjects:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Seamanship
  • Ship Technology
  • Electrical Engineering

A large part of the education is realized through the schools’ simulator and workshops.

The studies are divided into three levels

Support Level (Watchman Engineer)
After completing support level including practical training (after approximately one year) you can apply for the certificate of competence for Watchman Engineer and after that it is possible to complete the rest of your practical training as a paid crew member.

Operational Level (Watch Officer Engineer)
After completing operational level including guided practical training (after an additional two years) you can apply for the certificate of competence for Watch Officer Engine.

Management Level (Chief Engineer)
To be able to apply for a certificate of competence as Chief Engineer a student must complete their degree (Bachelor of Marine Engineering) and gain work experience as Engine Officer on ships. The certificate of competence (Chief Engineers License) is issued by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Traficom).

Final project
The Bachelor’s thesis comprises 15 credits. It often acts as a link between studies and career and provides students with an opportunity to apply theoretical models to practical problems. The thesis becomes part of the student’s competence profile. The thesis can consist of internal and /or external commissions, joint projects or other projects related to working life. Examples are:

  • reports (e.g. investigations, surveys, analyses and/or evaluations)
  • development work (e.g. development of working methods or activities)
  • product development (e.g. a prototype or a model)
  • a plan, a product or an artistic work (e.g. an event, a collection, an artistic production, a course, design of material such as guides/manuals or handbooks)
  • a portfolio


The aim is that the student completes the theoretical studies qualifying the student for the Chief Engineers competency. With the Bachelor’s degree and sufficient work experience the maritime authorities, Traficom, will issue the Chief Engineers License.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the degree program in Maritime Technology are professional and versatile chief engineers, qualified for Finnish, European and International careers. The first self-evident career at sea can be as officers on board any type of vessel. Shore based careers within the maritime industry are underpinned by a sufficient career at sea. The maritime industry offers land based positions within different authorities, shipping companies, brokers, insurance companies, yards, logistics, and so on.

Read more about day-time studies at

Contact person

Bertel Henriksson

Head of Degree Programme

+358 44 739 7255

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