Majors at MMA

Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by MichUSNA2021hopefulparent, Dec 14, 2016.

  1. MichUSNA2021hopefulparent

    MichUSNA2021hopefulparent Member

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    My DS is dead set on an electrical engineering major in college. The MMA website only indicates marine engineering and marine engineering systems are available engineering majors, along with logistics and transportation. So, to confirm, there are no options at MMA to major in electrical engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering, etc?
     
  2. KP2020Dad

    KP2020Dad DS - USMMA '20

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    Check out Marine Engineering Systems and its associated concentrations (one is electrical engineering):
    https://www.usmma.edu/academics/curriculum/marine-engineering-systems#Course-Listing-Minor
     
  3. golfindad

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    The engineering degrees at USMMA are not the same as an electrical engineering degree at State U. If he is dead set on EE, he probably should study a bit on what the school has and does not have.
     
  4. MichUSNA2021hopefulparent

    MichUSNA2021hopefulparent Member

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    Ok thank you for the replies
     
  5. cmakin

    cmakin 5-Year Member

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    Just remember, the Academy is a lot of things, but a University is not one of them. It is geared to train seagoing marine engineers. Oh, yeah, and mates, too.
     
  6. MMA19kid

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    Yeah...I know people who wanted a "traditional" engineering degree from the academy. Let's just say that they were sorely disappointed.

    It's better to say it now than let the people marketing the academy give you the run around...It's a trade school for a job in the merchant marine.
     
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  7. KPEngineer

    KPEngineer Eternal Father ... 5-Year Member

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    In my day the electrical education was sorely lacking depending on which professor you had. I had one classmate that had been through Navy Nuc School and he only got a C in Introduction to and another classmate who had worked summers with an electrician got a B. Everyone else was Ds and Fs. The Professor was just way too smart for his (and ours) own good. He just couldn't speak at our level no matter how hard he tried.

    I do know graduates who have successfully pursued graduate degrees in electrical engineering.
     
  8. John from PA

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    In my day the marine engineering program came quite close to a mechanical engineering curriculum. In fact, after going shoreside, I was accepted into a Master's program without any reservations on the part of a well known university. I became a registered professional engineer (mechanical) as well and had a long career in mechanical engineering. Electrical engineering is a different matter however.
     
  9. cmakin

    cmakin 5-Year Member

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    I may know who you are referencing. He was the replacement for Charles Hubert, a real genius when it comes to the field. His book, "Preventive Maintenance of Electrical Equipment" is one I kept after graduation and still have it in my bookcase. It can readily be found on most ships, too. His replacement, on the other hand, was much as you describe above. I remember taking circuit theory and he used the raw manuscript of Hubert's new book about the subject, but man, was it confusing. I was one of the very few that even passed the class and was never prouder of a C minus in my life. The trouble for all of the others that failed, the make up course was in the fourth quarter, late afternoon, so that Free Gangway that one got after passing license was lost on them. . .
     
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    KPEngineer Eternal Father ... 5-Year Member

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    Hubert's book is awesome. I also still have it, it resides on the bookshelf on my desk at work. Its usefulness is pretty amazing being that it was originally published in 1955. Mine is a second edition, published in 1969, and I used it for my last license upgrade in 2011. The drawings on the license exam were directly out of the book, but I understand they have changed the drawings this year.

    I originally got an F in Hubert's replacement's class (also Professor H) because I missed the last lab. I happened to be in the hospital having my appendix out but H didn't care. I appealed to the Dept. Head who gave me an Incomplete and all I had to do was make up the lab. I waited until 1/C year which by then made me a very popular lab partner to a room full of plebes.

    Don't remember what my grade was but the only thing that would compare to a C- in that class was my C in C.B. Kims Strengths of Materials class. We knew we were in for a rough ride the first day when he said "Don't think you so smart because you pass Material Science, everyone pass Mat Sci ... Not everyone pass Strengths of Materials."
     
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    cmakin 5-Year Member

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    Oh, yeah. . .Samuri Mat Sci. . . . He was the other C- that I was very proud of. . . .
     
  12. KPEngineer

    KPEngineer Eternal Father ... 5-Year Member

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    He was the polar opposite to Eda.

    I'd go from Narch with Eda and "Ahhh ... Kings Pointers so smart, your brain is powerful PC." to Mat Sci with Kim and "Kings Pointers so stupid. I could never give this quiz in regular college, its too easy everyone would get 100." when class average was in the 20s.
     
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  13. MMA19kid

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    This statement is still thrown around today.
     

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