Marine Electrical Engineering, Bachelor (B.Sc.)

Economic and ecological operation of ships becomes more and more important. This only can be achieved using electronically based control systems. This happens in normal life on land as well as at seagoing ships.

Electronics are in use also in shipping already since many years. They are applied in navigation systems, radar, VHF Radio, telephone or information technology.

But meanwhile similar to automotive industry main propulsion drives in container- and passenger vessels are also electrical systems. At Offshore platforms not only cranes and drilling equipment have to be supplied electrically. They are doing dynamic positioning using electrical drives with an accuracy of 10cm under wind of 5bft.

Electrical systems at ships comprise automation components as well as systems generating and distributing required energy, propulsion drive systems not to forget navigation and communication systems.

All devises have to be supplied with electrical energy. A new trend is to supply ships inside harbor from shore power grid. In this situation onshore and offshore power systems meet each other.  

Operation and maintenance of electrical systems on board, in land systems or in windparks requires widely educated and skilled workers.

To meet these requirements cooperation with departments of electrical engineering and marine engineering at University of applied sciences Wismar as the only institution in Germany ensures to educate people in the course of ship electrical engineering. This covers a wide range of technology. The content will be educated not only theoretically but also doing practical exercises in laboratories and simulators. The aim is to educate skilled persons able to manage all mentioned system on board of a ship but maybe also on land.

Experienced and sea approved university teachers, practically experienced scientific workers, the Maritime Simulation Center and well equipped laboratories from the University of applied sciences in Wismar and Rostock Warnemünde offer very good conditions for theoretical studies and experiencing practice. 

Everybody who wants to start his professional career in maritime industries as a technical officer for electrical systems certified according to the requirements of international codes (International maritime organization IMO) should start it here with the bachelor course of Maritime electrical engineering.

Wismar and especially Rostock-Warnemünde aside the beach nearby the sea channel with in and outbound freight and passenger ships offer a special maritime flair. Students will find student clubs at both locations.



The graduates of the degree course “Marine Electrical Engineering” can apply as Technical Officers for Electrical Engineering on board of merchant vessels, as Engineers for construction and operation of offshore wind farms and in the whole area of maritime and regenerative industry. Fields of application are also in shipping companies or maritime supervising authorities.

To work as an Electrical Engineer on merchant vessels includes the responsibility for the complete electrical facilities:

  • Service, maintenance of electrical engines and power electronic converters for generators of the power generating plants, electrical propulsion systems and main engines with up to 10 MW power
  • Service, maintenance of those systems at offshore platforms

  • Operation and configuration of control and feedback control systems as well as processing of logged data from these systems to ensure proper surveillance and automatic operation
  • Maintenance of Communication and navigation systems, ship handling systems and computers, to ensure safe navigation in all traffic areas
  • Furthermore, you can work as an engineer for the construction and operation of offshore wind farms and throughout the maritime industry and thus contribute to the environmentally friendly energy generation.

You are technical responsible for these systems and you can make an essential contribution to operate ships and offshore plants economically efficient and environmentally correct.

Due to this wide range of knowledge and experience in electrical engineering you are well positioned to get an on-shore job in the maritime or electrical industry later on, if you decide to stay away from sea.

Mayor fields of study

Mayor fields of study

The professional training is primed by the basic studies and provides a wide range of basic training as well as specialized subject contents.

Main points of basic modules:

  • Mathematics / informatics, physics / engineering mechanics
  • Electrical Engineering / electronics, automation technology
  • Materials / technology, business administration


Main points of specific modules:

  • Electrical power engineering / measuring technology
  • Signals and systems / information transfer
  • Control technology / control and instrumentation technology
  • Communications engineering
  • Sociology / personnel management / safety / health care
  • Administration and environment / plant business economics
  • Thermodynamics / thermal propulsion systems
  • Deck machinery / ship machinery
  • Maintenance / operation / engine laboratory
  • Electrical machinery and propulsion systems / power electronics
  • Marine electrical plants / offshore technology / medium voltage systems
  • Ship automation technology / hotel technology

In the degree course “Marine Electrical Engineering” knowledge for controlling maritime electrotechnical systems and plants and offshore wind farms is provided.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

Admission requirements:

  • “Advanced Technical College Certificate” or “Higher Education Entrance Qualification”


  • Certificate of a preparatory training that is recognized as equivalent certification in Mecklenburg – Western Pomerania


  • Passing an admission test after at least 5 years of professional activity or after completing a vocational training with continuing 3 years professional activity (for applicants without “Advanced Technical College Certificate” or “Higher Education Entrance Qualification”)

As well as

  • Verification of a pre-study industrial practical

The pre-study industrial practical covers six month, including three month on board of a merchant vessel before starting the studies. A vocational training in metal works (two weeks) and electronics (seven weeks) can be done during studies until the end of the fourth semester, has to be certified by the BSH (Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie) in a predefined training record book.

A professional training approved by the BSH can reduce the time for the pre-study industrial practical down to 8 weeks on board of a merchant vessel.

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