The Department of Engineering Technology offers two unique degree programs: Facilities Engineering Technology (FET) and Marine Engineering Technology (MET). Both programs share a common educational philosophy that supports the four-points of Cal Maritime's mission: intellectual learning, applied technology, leadership development and global awareness.
- Intellectual learning is achieved in the classroom, beginning with a foundation in mathematics and the physical sciences, and progressing into the engineering sciences of materials, solid and fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, electronics, system controls and power engineering. General education in written, oral and digital communications, humanities and social sciences rounds out the curricula.
- Engineering laboratories, power plant simulators, sea training and industry internships afford students the opportunity to apply the principles of engineering technology in real-world operations and maintenance. Other practical competencies are attained in manufacturing processes coursework: engineering graphics, machine shop and welding.
- Students gain practical experience as leaders and followers of small working groups in the classroom and laboratory, and as watch teams aboard ship and in power plant simulators. Leadership skills may be further developed through active participation in the Corps of Cadets, sports teams, and campus clubs.
- Voyages throughout the Pacific Rim aboard the training ship and international exchange programs afford the students opportunity to visit foreign lands and experience cultures around the world. In order to foster a responsible approach to environmental stewardship, Engineering Technology coursework explores advanced engine technologies for emission abatement, alternative fuels and renewable energy resources.
Graduates of the Facilities Engineering Technology and Marine Engineering Technology programs receive a Bachelor of Science degree accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. Marine Engineering Technology graduates are also certified in the STCW competencies for Officers in Charge of the Engineering Watch. Owing to the practical training, leadership development and qualifying professional examinations included in both curricula, students of Engineering Technology majors are "work-ready" upon graduation.