Career Profile:

Ocean Engineer

Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia, 2015
Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia, 2015
  • $79,218

    Median Yearly
    Income
  • Good

    Work
    Prospects
  • 2

    Prospective
    Employers

This unit group is for all civil engineers: Civil engineers plan, design, develop and manage projects for the construction or repair of buildings, earth structures, ports and coastal installations, and systems related to transportation services and water distribution.

  • Work type:

    Full-Time

  • Most likely to work in:

    Cape Breton, Halifax, Northern Region, Southern Region

  • Most employees have:

    Post-Graduate Degree / Bachelor's Degree

  • Certification:

    Professional Engineer Certificate

What you do

Ocean engineering is a combination of several types of engineering: a mix of mechanical, electrical, civil, acoustical and chemical engineering techniques and skills, coupled with a basic understanding of how the oceans work. 

In the oceans technology sector, ocean engineers work in an array of fields suchas theoil and gas industry, military, and marine navigation. They design and build instruments and infrastructure that must stand up to the wear and tear of frequent use and that will survive the harsh conditions of the ocean environment.

An Ocean Engineer performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Develop construction specifications and procedures;
  • Evaluate and recommend appropriate building and construction materials;
  • Ensure construction plans meet guidelines and specifications;
  • Plan and design major civil projects;
  • Act as project or site supervisor;
  • Supervise technicians, technologists and other engineers; and

What you need

  • A keen interest in planning and designing;
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills;
  • Able to think in an analytical and logical manner;
  • Able to communicate and cooperate with others;
  • Excellent computer skills; and
  • Good near and far vision.

References and further reading

* The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is "good", which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is above average.

Your Career Pathway

Opportunities for Hands-on Experience

Post-Secondary Educational Programs

  • Certificates, Diplomas, Community College
    Acadia, Cape Breton University, Dalhousie Agriculture Campus, Saint Mary's, Saint Francis Xavier: Diploma of Engineering (Civil Engineering concentration)
    2 years , $6,000 / year
  • University Bachelor's Degree
    Dalhousie: Faculty of Engineering - Department of Civil Engineering
    4 years, $9,000 / year
Provincial Standards Examination for Right to Title and Practice

Certification attests that the holder has met provincial requirements for the occupation. Certification is required to practice this profession.

Graduate Programs

NSCC Oceans Technology Program
Advanced one year diploma for students with a Bachelor of Science or Engineering or an Engineering Diploma to further enhance skills in the oeceans technology sector.
  • Masters Degree
    Dalhousie: Faculty of Engineering - Department of Civil Engineering
    2 years, $10,000 / year
  • Doctorate Degree
    Dalhousie: Faculty of Engineering - Department of Civil Engineering
    4 years, $10,000 / year