A menu of Continuing Education offerings

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Continuing Education – Definition

By the term “Continuing Education” we mean any relevant formal education completed after the primary graduation (Bachelor’s or Master’s degree) and entry into the professional workforce.

Continuing Education can be completed ad hoc, by taking courses a la carte, or it can be embraced via a variety of certificate- and degree-track programs. These options are not mutually exclusive.

A Society program of Continuing Education will assist in recruiting membership in the 25 - 45 year old age window (existing membership gap) by providing opportunity for professional development of the early and mid career professional, serve a preparatory role for professionals in the pre-graduate school window, and will augment the development of graduate students by providing practical, industry related training beyond graduate education in certain areas that may not fit in traditional curriculums.

Continuing Education Contrasted With University-Based / Degree-Oriented Education

By the definition above, a mid-career Master’s or Doctoral degree is part of continuing education, but it is not what most of us mean by the term, nor is it an appropriate offering from the Societies. Instead, CE must be understood to be a broader subject, that may include the University-lead degree programs, but that also includes workshops, courses and other education means outside of the formal graduate and undergraduate curriculum.

In particular, many of the CE courses that exist outside the University curriculum will: • Be more practice oriented vs. theoretical • Be specific to a small subset of the discipline, or • Be cross-cutting interdisciplinary topics that don't readily fit within the degree • Provide additional training and expertise • Provide knowledge on new or cutting edge topics/techniques in the field that have not been folded into the degree programs • Require a graduate degree to understand the topic, but don't fit in to a PhD program

Further, by the definition of CE being targeted to the working professional, a course that falls within that definition (whether University-based or not) will be specifically geared to the Adult Learner that has been out of the classroom environment for a number of years.

By providing opportunity for learning outside the University formal degree programs, the societies have the potential to provide continued professional development for the membership and facilitate the personal growth of its members in areas not normally associated or included in the graduate degrees in the disciplines making up the discipline of 'Naval Engineering' that bridges both societies.

We also note that the concept of Continuing Education is in step with undergraduate education goals regarding instilling the need for "lifelong learning" in program graduates. Additionally it supports the professional development requirements adopted by many states and certification programs to refresh professional skill sets held by practicing engineering professionals.

Continuing Education Needs And Resources

This next section opens a discussion of the topics for continuing education courses. There are two categories to be considered: PULL - The needs of our members PUSH - The available resources

By comparing the need and the existing resources, we will very naturally illuminate the gaps that our societies should fill.

I tried to begin with the ‘need’ component (and I still welcome your comments on it!) The list of topics is below. Now I propose that it is time to add fly-specks to that list to identify which of those courses already exists, and in what format. I have taken a crack at this and the resulting list is attached. Of course, since I did it myself it reflects the fact that I know what UNO offers, but I know little about other people’s offerings. And thus I need your help to complete this matrix.

Upon completion of the fly-speck matrix I hope that we can see the gaps clearly. The next step will be to “vote” on those gaps and try to establish some prioritization.

The list is below, and is subject to the following notations:

(1) Indicates a course intended for the general public (2) Indicates a technical course, but aimed at non naval engineers (3) Many examples of this course content exist in the NEEC schools (4) McKesson could teach this subject, at some unspecified level of detail (5) McKesson can recommend specific professionals who could teach this course

Test & Evaluation

  • "I have never done T&E before so I signed up for a DAU course but it is full and am on a waiting list. So I would like to see a T&E familiarization course that I can take quickly to get up to speed on the terminology and engineering considerations. T&E isn’t even listed on the definitions of naval engineering but it seems to be a pretty big aspect of making sure our systems are able to do the jobs they were designed to do from a war-fighting perspective. "

Marine Engineering Courses:

  • Basic Marine Engineering (3)
  • Fuel Variations and Management (5)
  • LNG as a Shipboard Fuel
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Diesel Engine Analysis and Performance Optimization (5)
  • Gas Turbine Analysis and Performance Optimization
  • Nuclear Propulsion
  • Electrical Propulsion
  • Prime-mover/Propulsor Matching (3)
  • Shipboard Electrical System Analysis and Design Considerations
  • Shipboard HVAC Systems
  • Noise Transmission and Control
  • Corrosion in the Marine Environment
  • Corrosion Control
  • Engine Room Management
  • Ocean Engineering 1 & 2 (3)

Naval Architecture Courses

  • Basic Naval Architecture (for non-Naval Architects) (2)
  • Naval Architecture for the Marine Professional (2)
  • Basic Stability (2) (3)
  • Damage Stability (5)
  • Propulsors (3)
  • Ship Arrangements (5)
  • Basics of Ship Dynamics (3)
  • Practical Seakeeping (STANAG) (4)
  • Motion effects on mission effectiveness
  • Basics of Ship Structures (3)
  • Modern Coating Systems
  • Welding Technology Advancements (5)
  • Shipyard Fabrication Techniques (5)
  • Shipyard Environmental Controls
  • Classification Society Rules (5)
  • Naval Architecture – Submarines
  • Ship Best Practices (SNAME Annual Meetings only)
  • Sailing Yacht Design (SNAME Annual Meetings only)
  • Structural Design (Being developed)
  • Sailboat Resistance and Propulsion(1)
  • Powerboat Resistance and Propulsion(1)
  • Sailboat Stability and Dynamics(1)
  • Powerboat Stability and Dynamics(1)

Ship Operations Economics

  • The Economics of Ship Operations (5)
  • Capital Management in the Shipping Industry
  • The Role of the Ship Bunker Broker
  • Capital Risk Analysis in the Marine Industry
  • Cause and Mitigation of Parametric Rolling (5)
  • Operation for Optimizing Fuel Consumption (5)
  • Port and Terminal Operations
  • Cargo Security Management
  • Vessel and Company Security
  • Safety Officer
  • Security Officer
  • Intermodal Freight Transportation (5)
  • Maritime Anti-Terrorism & Crisis Management
  • Principles of Chartering and Brokerage


  • English writing & composition (3) (4)
  • Public speaking and slidesmanship (4)
  • The visual display of quantitative information (4)
  • Interpersonal communication - how to disagree politely (5)

Human Engineering

  • Human physiology for engineers (4)
  • Human Factors & Safety Engineering (5)
  • Limits of the human body (5)
  • Limits of the human mind (5)
  • Beauty & aesthetics

Ship Design & Integration

  • Engineering change proposals; waivers/deviations; drawing reviews/changes
  • Analysis of Alternatives, AHP, etc. (4)
  • Risk Management (5)
  • The Mathematics of Risk (4)
  • IMO Formal Safety Assessment (5)
  • Cost Estimating for Engineers (3)
  • Vulnerability Assessment (5)

Special Ship Types

  • Small Craft (4)
  • Advanced Marine Vehicles (4)
  • Naval Vessels (4)
  • Offshore Platforms
  • Research Vessels (5)
  • Sailing Craft (5)
  • Planing Craft (4)
  • Introduction to Unmanned Systems (5)

Project Management

  • Project Planning & Management (3)
  • Financial accounting and control (5)
  • Team leadership (5)
  • Team building using MBTI
  • Team building using KAI
  • Conflict resolution (5)
  • Federal Acquisition Management
  • Strategic Scanning (5)
  • Fundamentals of contract law (3)
  • Fundamentals of Intellectual Property, Copyrights, Trademarks, and Patents (3)

Lifelong Learning Skills

  • Knowledge Management (5)
  • Methods for innovation (4)
  • Quality
  • Job Hunting in NAME (4)

Design Integration / Systems Engineering

  • Design Optimization (3)
  • Whole-Ship Design projects (3)
  • Ship Parametric Design Methods (4)
  • Early Phase Ship Design (4)
  • Total ship environmental impact (4)
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