Marine Engineering Salary Ranges in India

Updated on October 6, 2017
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A Marine Engineer sailing the high seas with a global shipping company and living all that life has to offer.

Merchant ship being unloaded at Jawaharlal Nehru Trust Port in Navi Mumbai, India (CC BY 3.0).
Merchant ship being unloaded at Jawaharlal Nehru Trust Port in Navi Mumbai, India (CC BY 3.0). | Source

Marine engineering describes the type of engineering work done on ships and rigs. Compared to other shore jobs, the pay is quite good. In order to become a marine engineer, you must graduate with a bachelors of technology from a college approved by the Directorate General of Shipping of the Government of India.

This article discusses the different jobs you can do as a marine engineer, how you become one, and what the pay is like.

Marine Engineering Ranks

Your salary will be determined in part by your rank. This job has five promotional levels, from bottom to top:

  1. Fifth Engineer or Engineering Cadet
  2. Fourth Engineer
  3. Third Engineer
  4. Second Engineer
  5. Chief Engineer

Salary Ranges by Rank

These are the average salary ranges by rank. The figures are salaries paid per month in Indian Rupee and US Dollars :

  1. Fifth Engineer or Engineering Cadet: Rs 35 to 75 thousand INR per month; or 300 to 1200 USD per month
  2. Fourth Engineer: Rs 1.5 to 2.25 lacs INR; or 2000 to 4000 USD per month
  3. Third Engineer: Rs 2.75- 3.5 lacs INR; or 4000 to 5900 USD per month
  4. Second Engineer: Rs 4 to 5 lacs INR; or 7500 to 9500 USD per month
  5. Chief Engineer: Rs 5 lacs and above INR per month; or 10,000 USD and above per month

The salaries are usually paid when the seafarer is on the vessel. No salary is paid when the sailor is at home / vacation.

Although some companies pay their sailors every month and even when they are not sailing but the average salaries comes to about same.

How to Become a Marine Engineer

Marine engineering workshop at Training Ship Chanakya (GNU Free Documentation and CC BY-SA 3.0).
Marine engineering workshop at Training Ship Chanakya (GNU Free Documentation and CC BY-SA 3.0). | Source

Requirements for Marine Training Colleges

In order to become a marine engineer, you must receive a bachelor's degree of either engineering or technology in marine engineering from an approved training college. The Indian Ministry of Shipping maintains a list of 133 approved marine training colleges in the country, organized by region, and including both government-run and private schools.

The general eligibility for the degree, regardless of where you are trained, includes the following educational requirements:

  • A pass in Plus Two with a 60% aggregate in Physics, Chemistry, and Maths.
  • Good marks (usually 50%) in English.
  • Most schools have an entrance exam. Most, including the best-known colleges—T.S. Chanakya in Mumbai and the Marine Engineering Research Institute (MERI) in Kolkata—use the Joint Entrance Examination given through IIT.
  • Training colleges usually conduct interviews and psychometric tests for potential candidates.

As working at sea can sometimes be strenuous, candidates for marine training colleges must meet certain physical standards, which are determined by the Merchange Shipping Meidcal Examination Rules.

  • No younger than 17 and no older than 25, with 5 years of relaxation for candidates from Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes.
  • Good eyesight with no color blindness or impaired field of vision.
  • No impairment in hearing.
  • Weight of no less than 42 kilograms and height of at least 150 centimeters.
  • Good dental health.
  • Mentally stable and in good psychological condition.
  • Be otherwise in good health as determined by a medical examination.

Other requirements:

  • There are no gender restrictions for marine engineering training.
  • Candidates should be unmarried by time of commencement.
  • Indian citizenship, though a few foreign candidates may receive special permission from the Ministry of Shipping.

Why is the Salary so High?

Marine engineering curriculums are very similar to those in mechanical engineering. You will be trained to be a practical engineer and learn to work with the giant marine engines and auxiliary machines on board merchant vessels.

It's a very technical job where you have to make time-sensitive decisions in order for the ship to run in good shape. Ship travel is enormously expensive, and mistakes can cost a shipping company millions. This is why, as an engineer, you will be paid such a large amount to maintain the ship's machinery.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

    © 2011 Raghvendra

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        Aman Srivastava 

        2 weeks ago

        Is imucet get me this job of marine engineering

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        Shashank Tigri 

        7 months ago

        Fifth Engineer or Engineering Cadet

        Fourth Engineer

        Third Engineer

        Second Engineer

        Chief Engineer

        Whatt is ment by this

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        Avinash Mathew 

        7 months ago

        Sir i have done Production engineering..which is similar to mechanical engineering with almost 80% of same subjects, can i join marine engineering after my degree..??

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        k.r.manikandan 

        8 months ago

        i am automobile engineer in current i apply a mariene engineering procedure

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        aman momin 

        8 months ago

        How to make a chief Marin engineers

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        Anbu 

        9 months ago

        I'm just 18year old. l was apply for IMU

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        Selva kumar 

        9 months ago

        I like marine

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        Sarvesh shinde 

        9 months ago

        How can I be a chief engineer

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        Mosarof 

        10 months ago

        how can i be a chif engenear?

        can i need msc to be a chef engenear?

        how is the demand for marin engenearing?

        how is the demand for indian deploma marin engenear?

        can i will get par time job there?

        can i have scope there to contenue my study there?

        after compleate my deploma what will my post from fift to chif engenear?

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        Jeet Roy 

        11 months ago

        Can i can do LASIK before joining marine

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        Hridhya kumar 

        11 months ago

        Hello

        Can somebody please guide me about Marine Engineering for girls.Just want to know is it profitable for girls and how many girl candidates study Marine.

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        Ashutosh kumar 

        11 months ago

        My date of birth is 3/10/2001.

        Can I fill the form of imu?

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        Sachin raj 

        11 months ago

        My eyesight is -1.5 so i can apply IMU exam or not

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        Sachin raj 

        11 months ago

        My eyesight is -1.5 so I m apply IMU exam or not

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        jegan 

        12 months ago

        To join marine engineering b.sc computer science degree is okay

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        Sinzzz 

        12 months ago

        I want yo become a marine engineering

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        prasad date 

        12 months ago

        i want to become marine engineering but not given IIT jee exam so what i can do

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        Jegan 

        12 months ago

        For marine engineering in B. SC what course wanted

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        pawan kalyan 

        13 months ago

        what is work in the marine enginer

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        Samrat bhagwat 

        13 months ago

        phy chem not having 60% . Can i can take admission in marine engineering college

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        Shaikh Zaid 

        14 months ago

        I want to become a marine engineer .

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        omkar 

        14 months ago

        Can I get admission in a graduate marine engineering course after doing a diploma and degree in mechanical engineering?

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        sathiyan k 

        16 months ago

        i am a marine student in svce i want job on 2021

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        sapta 

        18 months ago

        if one has cavity can he apply for marine engineering

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        kedar 

        18 months ago

        Hi , Now I'm in class 12th . I will give HSC exam of 2018 from CBSE. I have pass out SSC from CBSE with following CGPA's eng 8, maths 9, science 7, social 8, marathi 8. Which field will offer me highest salary and benefits in future .

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        Hiren Mangroliya 

        18 months ago

        I want to be a Marine engineer. I am

        Capable for All Requirements.

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        Harsh 

        19 months ago

        English marks below than 50 what should I do

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        rathnakumar 

        19 months ago

        I like merine

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        Dharani 

        19 months ago

        Any enterance examination before the job?

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        jeeva 

        22 months ago

        maximum how many year for retirement .what is the salary for after graduate in BE(mechanical)&GME

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        jegadesh 

        22 months ago

        when i take GME course ,shall i get a job?100% or not

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        rehan 

        22 months ago

        Sir, I've completed my mechanical engineering this year and is planning to do marine engineering. I've also applied to some colleges for gme in vishwakarma maritime institute and geims. But I'm also thinking to do hnd course. So plz guide which should I choose gme or hnd and what colleges to apply for both.

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        suvam das 

        22 months ago

        can i become a marine engineer after doing b.tech in electrical engineering.

        please anyone can tell me ASAP!

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        Pavanraj 

        22 months ago

        Hello sir

        In the field of marine engineering jobs availablelity is less or more

        And I need extra information about this sir

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        kuldip vora 

        22 months ago

        Hello, I am a mechanical engineer.

        So, how can I applied in marine engineer course.

        Give me a suggestion please....

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        shayam 

        23 months ago

        placement in marine engineer

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        chanchal mishra 

        23 months ago

        I should want take direct lareral entry admission in marine engineering

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        santhosh s 

        23 months ago

        what to study for marine engineering and what type of stages ,it is hard or easy what are the books study for it .

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        Vinod kumar 

        23 months ago

        Sir: after 10 standard i am completed diploma mechanical engineering and that I completed BE mechanical engineering. now my question is ,am I eligible OR not for 1year GME COURSE.

        And in the GME application form asks the 12th standard details, my diploma certificate is accepts or not.

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        Ikshit 

        24 months ago

        This information is very awesome............THANK YOU!!!!

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        sreeram 

        2 years ago

        taking gme or marine engineering is the best choice after plus 2

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        Kempraj 

        2 years ago

        Sir

        Is it ok if i have colour blindness

        For the job

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        fee structure 

        2 years ago

        fee structure

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        shake 

        2 years ago

        please about tell marine engineer?

        1st marine engineer is chief engineer tell information about 1st engineer

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        siddharth kumarr 

        2 years ago

        can i do marine engineering even iam in class12

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        ajay 

        2 years ago

        working days in year

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        Prashant khilari 

        2 years ago

        Thanks for giving me information

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        Sachin 

        2 years ago

        Guys... present scenario in marine field is pathetic. Please please don't chose this career.You will be in a trap. This was a hot career to pursue years back, but not anymore.There are numerous cadets without job after having completed the course in flying colours.Supply is more than demand in the field.Please take it as a kind advice.

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        sidhikulakbar 

        2 years ago

        after +2 ...

        which course I will choose for achieve the goal of Marine engg

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        Ankit Sharma 

        2 years ago

        What is the time period of promotion from bottom to top in marine engineering

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        prathamesh sahane 

        2 years ago

        i have done my 12th what can i do next to become a marine engineering

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        pruthviraj 

        2 years ago

        Sir i have completed my BE in mechanical with 61% and i want to join marine engg course but is theire 100% placement colleges in pune ????....and is merchant navy expeeience consider for land job after few years????

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        shubham 

        2 years ago

        Sir ,

        I have been comple ted my 12th board this year with an 78%marks and I want to join marine ,so which entrance exam need for this, which course is the best for my future career ,and which is the best college in India,

        Pls reply soon

        Mobile no--08302003441

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        jaya aivan 

        2 years ago

        i will joint the marine engg

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        Sanjay chowdary 

        2 years ago

        Now I am in 11 th , as soon as possible I will complete my engineering after completing b tech what could I doo..

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        praveen 

        2 years ago

        I want to know about promotion of gme students

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        biranchi 

        2 years ago

        Dear sir/ma'am

        I am completing B.Tech in mechanical engineering in the year 2016, with 70-80% , but I could not secured 50% in English (10th-48%, 12th-40%), I have a dream to join merchant navy or marine officer . Can I fulfil my dream????

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        sagar 

        2 years ago

        sir,

        i have completed my btech from mechanical engg. last year. and i started my job at delhi last yr.

        now i want to go for GME course.

        kindly suggest me, is there any option of non attending or correspondence mode so that i can continue my job too??

        if yes,,/ please suggest me the respective institutions also..

        thankyou

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        RISHABH RAJ 

        2 years ago

        DNS KI SALLERT KITNI HOTI HAI AUR MUMBAI KE PLACEMEN KE BAARE ME

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        indra kumar Aj 

        2 years ago

        sir hi complet +12 than give information fior marine field give deatil in my Email indrakumarhockey@gemail .Com

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        Sharfraz Ahmad 

        2 years ago

        I am in 12th now and I am intreasted in Marine field so what should I do after my 12th examination? How many percentage required in 12th science for marin engineering.

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        shubham yejare 

        2 years ago

        can i get 100% placement after completion of my 4 years marine eng

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        Harish 

        2 years ago

        Sir i have completed my 1st year engineering in ENTC in solapur university, bt i want to study marine engineering, what should I do?? I even dont want to waste my 1 year.... N 1 more qsn,can i do marine engineering after my BE??? N if yes than how many years it will take...?????

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        soumyadeep 

        2 years ago

        tahanxxxx

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        sukhvindr 

        2 years ago

        sir how can i get admission in marine engineering collage

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        pranjal 

        2 years ago

        how much salary can a marine engineer get in starting

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        sundar 

        2 years ago

        Sir I'm doing B.E mechanical final yr. I'm going to do GME. Which colg is best for studying & how much does the fees requires for this course. What abt placement. Email id-sundarb96@gmail.com

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        Rohit kumar 

        2 years ago

        Sir ,,,i am suffering from myopia ,is their any problem to take admission in marine colleges through IMU exam.

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        sundar 

        2 years ago

        for joining GME course. what about the fees sir

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        harshini 

        2 years ago

        thank u for providing information that there is no gender discrimination in this field

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        Praphull 

        2 years ago

        I am completed mechanical engineering in the year 2015.I am more interested to do marine engineering GME course,what is the future of this course. Please which college is best it means give 100% job placement becouse many people said that job condition in marine is so bad. Please give advise to me at praphullkumarmore@gmail.com

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        Abhiram 

        2 years ago

        Thanzzz for giving me this informationss.. It may sometimes change my life thanzz a lot

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        ananthu 

        2 years ago

        Thank you for the valuable information

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        dracula 

        2 years ago

        i have specs of power -0.75 and -0.5 on left and right eyes respectively .

        am i eligible for this course

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        yogesh patidar 

        2 years ago

        Thanks for kinds of information...

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        Ranjit ghadage 

        2 years ago

        Hello sir,

        I'm just pass out diploma in mechanical engineering and I have to joint marine navy so, please suggest me best college in Mumbai or pune

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        Kshitij 

        3 years ago

        Sir , I have completed my Diploma in Mechanical Branch. I wanna know the courses offered to diploma graduates/holders in Merchant Navy. And please also tell the Best institutes to do that particular course which provides good placement and lastly what will be the rank after completion of course.

        Thank You

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        shyam mishra 

        3 years ago

        SIR ,

        I HAD PASSED MY 12TH AND NOW I WANT TO BECOME A MARINE ENGINEER. I HAVE TO BECOME A VERY GOOD ENGINEER IN MARINE. I WANT TO KNOW THE PROCEDURE OF TO BECOME A MARINE AS A CHIEF ENGINEER.

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        roystan monteiro 

        3 years ago

        Sir now i am in 10 i want to become an marine engineer and want to get chief post directly sir can you tell what steps i have to take further.

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        Nilesh Singh 

        3 years ago

        Sir im now in 10 and i want to become a marine engineer through iit but i m having an eye pronlem

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        nizam 

        3 years ago

        Thanks

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        vinayak barkale 

        3 years ago

        I am intrested to being an marine engineer , but i did`t know the procedure ., how to be a marine engineer can anybody help me . Now i am studying in 11 th std. i need guidance ... can anyone advice or suggest me please for bright future...I am really interested..

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        keerthi 

        3 years ago

        i am studing 9th i am interested in marine. what is the salary in marine per annum?

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        Ajay Sushil 

        3 years ago

        What should be the procedure to become a successful marine engineer?

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        Tapan Jana 

        3 years ago

        Whether girl student can join in Marin Engg? Great knowledge for me .

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        sherinjohn198 

        3 years ago

        Im also planning to choose B-tech in Marine engineering from Ima-Chennai. when it comes to my high end researches - Ima-Maritime Chennai sounds good, is anyone knows about IMA?, Please let me know

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        kiran 

        3 years ago

        iam completed mechanical engineering in the year 2015.iam more interested to do marine engineering,what is the future of this course.send me the mail,kiranmiddela@gmail.com

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        Elbin Stephen 

        3 years ago

        Its good for me but in this time Iam studing in sslc [10]

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        Piyush ryan 

        3 years ago

        It's good for me......

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        CHANDAN JAISWAL 

        3 years ago

        MY TWO FINGERS ARE CUTS IN A ACCIDENT . CAN I JOIN MARIN ENGG.

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        vivek 

        3 years ago

        I am wearing spectes I am eligible for marine engineering

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        chandan tiwari 

        3 years ago

        thanks ,sir

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        hrushi kesh 

        3 years ago

        I am completed graduation in chemistry hons ijoin b.sc nautical science course?

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        prabhakaran.d 

        3 years ago

        Sir i'm going to finish my mechanical engineering degree in 2016 may .so is this GME 1yr course is good to do i'm feeling with confusionconfusion whether it offers a job or not.kindly give your opinion with detail about the 1yr gme course. Thank you.

        My mail add prabhakarand4@gmail.com

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        s.thennarasu 

        3 years ago

        i think i will miss my family

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        jazril 

        3 years ago

        Sir i am doing mechanical engineering and i am with 7th sem right now sir how could i become marine engineer without GME........?

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        Arif khadri 

        3 years ago

        I am doing mechanical engineering 1st year ..I have 5 Peper back not LG for 2nd year .. can I join marin engineering for one year course sir

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        Shashikant chitte 

        3 years ago

        sir I m complete in diploma electrical engineering can I join Marin engineering and how many year is done this course. please give me idea.

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        suraj rohilla 

        3 years ago

        sir tell me about placement in marine engg.

        im studied b.tech marine engg. In gurukul vidyapeeth.

        about scope or etc.

        my email id:- surajrohilla21@gmail.com

        08950528047 08929830002

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        sunil 

        3 years ago

        After completion of b.tech mechanical how to join the marine engineering can u say the details plz

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