Diploma in Marine Engineering (DME) eligibility, scope, jobs, salary and course details

Last Updated on July 27, 2023 by Vishnu Nambiar

DME stands for Diploma in Marine Engineering. Diploma holders, belonging to specific Engineering Branches (which I’ve mentioned in this article), may make use of this Diploma course to become Marine Engineers and work on Merchant Navy ships. In this article, I’ll provide details such as- basic details about DME course, course duration, eligibility criteria, scope, job opportunities available after completing the course, salary details etc.

Basic details about Diploma in Marine Engineering (DME) course

It is a 2 years long presea training course. This Diploma course focuses on Technical aspects of Marine Engineering. Some important topics covered in this Diploma course are-


  • Ship Construction
  • Ship Design
  • Marine Electrical and Electronics Systems
  • Safety Technology
  • Marine Engineering Drawing
  • Automation and Control
  • Hydraulics
  • Marine Machinery
  • Naval Architecture
  • Communication Skills


After successfully completing this Diploma course and clearing MEO Class-4 Part A Examination, students will have to go through 6 months of compulsory sea service. After this stint and clearing safety courses, other training modules and tests, clearing MEO Class-4 Part B Examination, a cadet will be provided with Marine Engineering Officer Class 4 Certificate of Competency.


Also read: How to become a Marine Engineer after completing Mechanical Engineering


After obtaining this certificate, one may start working as a Marine Engineer on Merchant Navy ships in any part of the World! 12 months of sea service later, one may again appear for training modules and appear for MEO Class 2- Part B Examination.


Also read: How to become a Marine Engineer after completing Engineering


The point is that while in service, one may choose to appear for further training modules, courses and appear for exams. These exams will help one attain advanced competency certificates, like- Marine Engineering Class 2 Certificate of Competency and Marine Engineer Class 1 Certificate of Competency.


Also read: Marine Engineering course details (B.E./B.Tech.)


In short, one may rise through the ranks and eventually become Chief Engineering Officer, gradually.


Eligibility Criteria for pursuing DME course


Educational Qualifications

As mentioned before, Diploma holders belonging to certain branches are eligible to pursue this course. Students possessing Diploma in branches like- Mechanical/Electrical/Naval Architecture/Marine/EEE etc are eligible to pursue this course.


Minimum marks criteria may exist, in case of some Institutes. It is generally around 50-60% marks in final year of Diploma program.


Physical Standards

Candidate should be physically fit and capable of taking up seafaring role. Eyesight is also checked before admission. At least unaided vision of 6/12 is required in each eye. Candidate should not be suffering from color or night blindness.


Age Limit

The upper age limit is 28 years of age, at the time when the course starts.


Scope, Career prospects and Salary

One may take up the role of Marine Engineer on Merchant Navy ships after obtaining the Class 4 Certificate of Competency (Marine Engineer). Once there, one may rise through the ranks and land better positions, by appearing for training modules and courses and clearing examinations associated with them. Also check – list of merchant navy courses in India & best science courses in India.


Starting salary depends on different factors such as- profile of Employer, quality of the Institute from which the course has been pursued, grades attained by cadet etc. Generally, it is between 40-60k Rupees each month. You may also check – IMU CET.


After retiring, one may take up the role of an Instructor at Maritime Institutes. Becoming an Independent Consultant is another option that is available.

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37 thoughts on “Diploma in Marine Engineering (DME) eligibility, scope, jobs, salary and course details”

  1. Sir I have completed my 12th with 50.6 % from state board .Can I join the course ( Diploma in Marine engineering ) ?

  2. Hi Sir,I am Md.Sabir Shaharier.from.Bangladash .I have completed the diploma in marine engineer.i want to do DME courses.

  3. Hii sir I am diploma holder, I am in 2nd year of mechanical engineering. So i am interested in DME. Than what process I do,for DME course after completing my diploma in ME.

  4. Hi
    I’m 33 years old and I wish to start a career in merchant navy. I have completed diploma in mechanical engineering. Could you please advise what and how can I get into this profession.

  5. SIR I have completed diplomo in mechanical engineering (sandwich) with 65 % I want to do dme courses. Is I am eligible for this course. Please reply me

  6. sir i have completed diploma in electrical&electronic engineering.
    please advice me for which course i am eligible and when will the admissions commence .
    And how do i apply for it. Please guide

  7. Hi.sir Iam Nithiyanantham from tamilnadu Iam finished my diploma mechanical full time 3years and i have 1 year experience can be apply for this course …plz guide

  8. Sir, my son now pursuing Diploma Course in Mechanical, i wants to ask him to go through in DME course for three years, as he is leaving in Kolkata, there is no DG Shipping approved colleges which offered DME course, please suggest some colleges from where he can go through course.

  9. Sir .. I am in diploma final year in mechanical engineering ….and want to be marine engineer n have 80 % in diplome final year …plese tell me that how many years are required to complete marine engineering after it ……

  10. Hi. I hold a Bachelors degree in electrical engineering. I also have 4yrs experience working offshore as oil exploration engineer. I wish to go into Maritime. Which is better between going for a DIPLOMA in marine engineering and MASTERS program in marine engineering? Pls advice.

  11. I have completed my diploma mechanical engg.
    Pls advice me for which course i am eligible and when will the admissions commence .
    And how do i apply for it. Pls guide.

    • You may pursue DME course. Admission and tests are held by respective institutes. You may check their websites and gain necessary information.

  12. I have done gp course and I have 20 month sea experience.. Can i go for marine engineering diploma course? Please suggest me

  13. i have completed 12th now i want to do BE in IT or IS…after this will i be eligible to do short term courses for marine or merchant navel as my passion is to travel round the world…..plz suggest sir i am confused….

  14. Dear sir
    My name is Dainik Tandel
    I m complete my diploma engineering after 4 months. than I join to DPM course .so sir I what to do …?
    Plzz gide me …

  15. Sir,
    Im 27 , i had finished “Diploma In Mech” Full time 3 years. now my query is ,i able to work in Ship with this qualification, or i want to study any course related this. Kindly suggest the short time course i get job in Ship.

  16. I have completed my 12th science 52.4.
    Now iam in diploma mechanical engg. final year
    Pls advice me for which course i am eligible and when will the admissions commence .
    And how do i apply for it. Pls guide.

    • Shaikh, after Diploma, you may go for Degree course. That’s the best option available in front of you. You may also go for CAD courses.


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