Bachelor in Marine Engineering (Marine Engineer Officer)

This program aims to educate and train students in order to successfully fulfill their economic, organizational and management activities within the range of one’s duties in the role of an Engineer Officer in complicated and often extreme situations with multinational crews.  The program ensures graduates with a wide range of competencies including, but not limited to:

·         Critical thinking and space orientation

·         Quick and objective appraisal of the situation and taking timely and effective actions

·         Leadership and teamwork

·         Understanding of a ship engine room crew responsibilities and duties

·         Understanding of ship construction theory and practice

·         Knowledge and skills in Social, Economic and Law Subjects?

·         High Intelligence and Knowledge in Humanitarian Subjects, including inter alia: culture, ethics, skills for self-training, ability in acquiring new developments of the shipping industry.

·         Operation, Maintenance & Repair of machinery and associated control systems 

·         Mastery of fundamental sea competencies and skills (sailing, rowing and steering; first medical aids)

·         Fundamental personal qualities: discipline, honesty, objectivity, organization, independence and initiative, responsibility, sustainability in physical and mental stress, adaptability and professionalism.

STCW Requirements

The program is in accordance with the STCW Requirements [Manila Amendments 2010] and students upon successful graduation and appropriate completion of the cadetship practice are eligible to sit for the exam at Bulgarian Maritime Administration in order to obtain their STCW Certificate of Competency. "


Duration of studies is four (4) years full-time, the first two being held at the New York College in Athens and the next two years in Varna, Bulgaria.

For the completion of studies and the issuance of a Certificate of Competency as officer in charge of an engineering watch, two semesters on board training must be carried out. Specifically, students before graduation, must carry out 6 months on-board training, according to a program recorded in their Training Record Book (ΚΕΠ).

Graduates become entitled to take the examinations at the Bulgarian Maritime Administration in order to obtain an STCW Certificate of Competency (COC), after they have carried out an additional 6 months of on-board training.

After completion of the 12-month on-board training, the completed Training Record Book is submitted to the Technical University (TU Varna) for assessment and marking.

New York College, in cooperation with TU Varna, instructs students how to find a ship to carry out their on-board training.

“After completion of their training scheme, graduates are entitled to work as:

  • Watch keeping Engineer Officers on board all types of ships;
  • Following approved seagoing service and having completed approved education and training, as determined in STCW –  Second Engineer Officers and Chief Engineer Officers on board all types of ships.

NOTICE: Seafarers' Certificates of Competency issued by Member States of the European Union are equivalent to the corresponding Greek ones.

(Law 3450/2006 - Government Gazette A64 / 30-3-2006, Article 19, Recognition of Foreign Certificates of Competency and Proof of Maritime Skills)

  • After additional short-term further education or postgraduate studies (Master and a PhD degree), graduates can work as senior executives in shipping-related fields such as shipping companies, shipyards, transport, classification societies and insurance.
  • After additional short term specific qualification -   Senior managers in maritime-related sectors such as shipping companies, shipbuilding, shipyards, logistics, transportation, classification societies, and insurance. 
  • Further, graduates may be offered alternative empl oyment and substantial prospects possibilities, depending on the will and aspiration of each graduate.
  • High school or an equivalent title entitling the candidate to enter higher education or of the European Baccalaureate issued by a European School of the EU.
  • Medical Fitness Certificate
  • Candidate’s Declaration that he can swim.
  • Photocopy of English Language Certificate at B2 level at CAMBRIDGE or MICHIGAN Universities or another recognized organization certified for authenticity by the educational staff of the relevant Embassy or the competent body (British Council, Hellenic American Union).
  • Successful interview with the Academic Director of the programme in Athens.