BENEFITING: Billion Oyster Project
The Ocean Engineering Program of Study introduces students to the discipline of engineering and engineering technology in an ocean environment by providing opportunities to learn as they design, build and test remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and Autonomous Underwater vehicles (AUVs). While designing, constructing, and refining a variety of underwater vehicles, students learn how to use several standard three-dimensional modeling programs, from Google Sketchup to Solidworks. Ultimately the students will receive Solidworks Certified Solidworks Associate certificate by their senior year. Other coursework will incorporate concepts from applied mathematics, physics, electrical and mechanical engineering, and physical oceanography. Students will work in teams to design and construct projects that solve multiple challenges with limited resources. Students will reflect on their experiences and learn to present the lessons that they learned in a formal setting. By the end of their three-years studying Ocean Engineering, students will have immediate employable skills as well as a first hand exposure to beginning a career in engineering.