Faculty of marine engineering


            Ship engineer faculty provides a high-quality educational experience for students aiming to be professionals in design and construction of the technical operation of ships of sea and river fleet. Knowledge obtained from completion of this program enables graduates to successfully gain employment in fields such as aviation, design of non-standard equipment, etc.

            Ship Engineering Department was established when the university was founded. On September 01, 1951, when the first four classes labeled “Ship machines and mechanisms" begun, the number of enrolled students was less than 154. The first Dean of the faculty was Viktor Travin, a graduate of the Academy of the Ministry of the River Fleet. In June 1953 the first graduation occurred and 20 engineers. This graduating class included O. Lebedev, who would later become the future rector for 20 years.

Moving to a new building in 1964 allowed university to develop, and significantly improve educational training equipment. At this time numerous new labs have been set up:

  • marine internal combustion engines lab,
  • auxiliary machinery lab,
  • marine refrigeration equipment lab,
  • materials lab,
  • heat treating lab,
  • synthetic materials lab,
  • metrology and technical measurements lab,
  • theory of machines and mechanisms lab,
  • welding lab.

For the whole period of time the department exists more than 4000 high-qualified Graduates joined the Russian sea and river fleet from Saint-Petersburg to Sakhalin.

The faculty provides trainings for bachelors of engineering in the following academic program: «Shipbuilding, ocean engineering and marine systems engineering» with Concentrations in:

  • Shipbuilding.

The shipbuilding concentration seeks to educate students to become engineers in design, modeling hulls of the ships, marine propulsions, providing ship resistance calculation.

  • Marine power units

The concentration is related with «under-the-hood» components of the vessel: main and auxiliary power units, compressors, heat exchangers, heaters, pipework etc.

  • Ship systems and equipment operation

Modern ships have complex, increasingly automated systems and a downward pressure on the complement of deck and engineering officers. Often these officers will join a vessel and have very little time to familiarize themselves with the vessel's systems and rely on the quality of the information available to them. The concentration is related with ship construction and assembling processes, diagnostics and repair; choosing the cutting and measurement tools, repair yard designing.


«Shipbuilding, ocean engineering and marine systems engineering» Master degree program is now available only with the concentration in Marine power units.



  • Marine RIC engines;
  • Thermodynamics and marine power units;
  • Engineering mechanics and applied mechanics;
  • Technology of metals and shipbuilding;
  • Theory of naval architecture.


Department of Marine RIC engines

Department’s activity is focused on study of the physical processes occurring inside the diesel engine combustion chamber. Department is associated with disciplines related to engine design, methods of workflow calculation; testing the strength of the individual parts, and the basics of its operation.

Department of Thermodynamics and marine power units         

Direction of the Department’s activity related to teaching of the thermodynamics theoretical foundations, heat exchange methods, technical diagnostics, and courses connected with ship power equipment operation. Department also supervises educational onboard practice for students enrolled at "Power units Operation» program.

Department of engineering mechanics and applied mechanics

Department provides training in engineering mechanics, theory of mechanisms and machines, basis of machine parts calculation, basis of design, issues related to vibration protection and vibration isolation of machines and mechanisms.

Department of technology of metals and shipbuilding

The direction of the Department’s activity is connected with the study of the metals structure, alloys, non-metallic and composite materials; construction technology and ship repair; tribological and corrosion resistant properties of materials, failure analysis of the ship's parts and machinery; thermal treatment, technical measurement methods and ensuring the measurement accuracy.

Department of theory of naval architecture

The main goals and objectives of the Department are training highly qualified specialists in: design of ship hull structures, 3D-modeling, performing calculations of total and local strength, study of structural mechanics of the ship, the issues of ship handling, modeling propulsions and steering systems at different depths. The Department can also be able to determine the resistance of structures and single vessels in deep and shallow water, evaluation of forces and torque acting on the vessels while overtaking, passing, being in motion with the drift angle.