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The Marine Institute, generally referred to as Marine (though the fully qualified name is "The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador") offers 3-year undergraduate diplomas in Naval Architecture as well as Marine Systems Engineering.
Marine's main campus contains the worlds largest flume tank, originally for the study of fishing nets (though utilization is much more diverse today). MI also has access to the tow tanks at NRC and the cavitation tunnel at Memorial University, both on the valley campus of MUN.
MI houses a six-degree of motion bridge simulator, based upon a Boeing flight deck simulator chasis. MI also maintains static simulators & develops simulator software, such as for the Canadian Coast Guard.
Marine offers saftey and survial training in Offshore Petroleum and marine transportation. Center trains personel in the use of emergency equipment and response techniques. Unique equipment includes:
Marine is currently developing a shoreside facility in the Conception Bay South community of Holyrood.
While core course material remains similar, the regular inclusion of projects provide a fair amount of variability in students study year-to-year, often including community projects.
A common first year exists at Marine, with introductory physics, chemistry, communications, calculus, and electronics. Spring session is held, with an introduction to naval architecture concepts, such as ship types, framing systems, and lines plans, and an introduction to AutoCAD.
Courses are taken in the following subjects;
The third year consists primarily of a design project. Students design from scratch a vessel to meet a supplied mission profile, following the design spiral through to the contract design phase. The design requires documented adherence to all flag state, classification, and international regulations (such as fire plans, scantlings, tonnage, floodable lengths, & stability) while meeting the owners specifications and demonstrating a positive economic return. In their final semester, students must present their design to invited industry guests, instructors, and their fellow students. A RINA prize, sponsored by Oceanic, is awarded to one of the students based upon the quality, practicality, and uniqueness of their vessel. In addition to project courses, consisting mostly of deliverables deadlines, there are also courses in project management, quanitity surveying, composite construction, and shipboard electrical systems.
Extensive use of student projects provide oppurtunities for both independent study and group work. Some examples of projects (from various courses and years) are;
After completing their diploma, students have the option of continuing their education at Memorial University towards either a bachelor of maritime studies or bachelor of technology. Oppurtunities exist in the United States and England for advanced placement in bachelor/masters programs.
Students are provided with a modern Lenovo thinkpad laptop starting in the second year. This laptop comes preloaded with licensed copies of AutoCAD, Rhino, AutoShip, GHS, NavCad, and Microsoft Office. The laptop lease program is expensive, almost matching tuition costs, but does come with a decent warranty and some level of support. Two continous roll A0 plotters are available for plotting drawings.
The Marine Institute is part of the St. John's ocean technology cluster, as such students have access to a wealth of resources. Marines other roles include a naval training academy, officer and engineering programs, materials testing, ROV and instrumentation programs, and environmental programs. As a result, there are machinery simulators and experienced contacts within the schools regarding all matters of ship operations. The library maintains subscriptions to most professional body transactions and conferences, as well as numerous marine magazines. Current regulations are available (such as Lloyd's Rules & Regulations). For projects, particularly those involving ice, the National Research Council-Institute of Ocean Technology is readily accessible with its own specialists and library.
St. John's also has a working harbour. Offshore oil workboats are a common sight, as are fishing, coast guard and research vessels. Cruise ships regularly stop into the port during the summer and autumn seasons. The local shipyard generally gives an annual tour to students of their drydocking and machining facilities, as well as their projects at the time.
Student-instructor ratio's are low, by the final year often approaching parity. The experience level of instructors is high, and they generally have extensive access to industry examples and connections. Placement rates for graduates are particularly high, with most students graduating with multiple job offers.