Faculty of Nautical Science Introduction

1          Introduction

Faculty of Nautical Science was founded in 1985 in Mahmudabad, Mazandaran on the southern coast of Caspian Sea in Iran. It was first dedicated to training competent human resource for maritime industries. However, the demand of oil industries for offshore oil exploration and for competent human resource in offshore industries made the faculty focus on research and education in this field.The faculty offers long-term undergraduate and graduate academic programs as well as short-term training courses.

Given the importance of quality of educational services, the faculty was granted with ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System Certificate from the institute of AAP International to ensure its continuous quality improvement.

2         Department of Marine Engineering

The department offers one graduate program – Coastal and Marine Structures Engineering– and one undergraduate program – Marine Engineering.

2.1         Coastal and Marine Structures Engineering Graduate Program (M.Sc.)

It is of vital importance to continuously extract rich oil resources from marine oil fields. Therefore, expertise needs to be developed about the design and manufacturing of oil drilling structures as well as inspection and maintenance of these structures and offshore structures. The objective of this program is to educate competent human resources with a sound knowledge of designing, manufacturing and installing offshore oil structures as demanded by oil industries.

At the end of the program, the graduates would be able to take the following responsibilities:

-          Utilizing and maintaining oil drilling structures and oil and gas pipelines,

-          Designing, installing and maintaining all oil drilling, transfer and storage structures, equipment and machineries,

-          Providing consulting services in the field of oil offshore and marine structures and cooperating in designing and monitoring relevant projects,

-          Cooperating with ministries and organizations (e.g. Petroleum Ministry, Roads Ministry, Power Ministry) responsible for civil projects in the field of oil offshore structures, and

-          Monitoring the related technical projects.


Iran has a very long coastline with invaluable sea-based and shore-based energy resources utilization of which  requires the installation and operation of the relevant structures. The goal of Marine Engineering program is to educate graduates for performing engineering work in the marine sector or marine-related shore-based industries involving the design, production, operation, maintenance, and management of engineering systems and projects. Career opportunities of various kinds (e.g. operational, management, leadership, etc.) are available for the graduates of this program who are ideally suited for working on ships, at port facilities, and at shore and offshore facilities, particularly in power generation, distribution, and concomitant auxiliary support systems.They are equipped with a background for work in many areas of maritime industry, both at sea and ashore, as well as in non-maritime industries such as public utilities and manufacturing and offshore structures.

The graduates of the program can take the following responsibilities:

-          Marine engineering on commercial ships

-          Planning and monitoring the maintenance of systems of commercial ships

-          Working in shipbuilding companies and the related technical and maintenance units

-          Working in offshore industries


3         Department of Energy Systems Engineering

This department offers one graduate program – Energy Systems Engineering.

3.1         Energy Systems Engineering Graduate Program (M.Sc.)

The activities of economy sectors (manufacturing and services) are made possible by energy consumption. On the other hand, the growing demand for energy is mainly met by the development of energy supply systems of fissile energy resources which can be sustained at best until the end of the current century. However, this reliance on fissile energy resources would accelerate the depletion of these invaluable resources and the emission of pollutants into the environment. In addition, our economy is highly dependent on the export of fissile energy, and therefore, highly sensitive to global energy market fluctuations. The close relationship between energy sector and the economical, social and technical changes and the wide impact of scientific and technical evolutions on energy technologies, as well as the impact of the production and consumption of energy carriers on environment, invokes the design, development and utilization of energy systems on the basis of an understanding of various dimensions of the interaction between energy systems and other technical, economical, social and environmental fields; for which it is necessary to systemically analyze the development of energy sector and the design of energy-consuming systems.

Energy Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary program aimed at designing, developing and utilizing energy systems on the basis of a systemic view to these systems in which the economical, social, environmental and technological impacts are emphasized to be considered. The graduates are expected to be equipped with the knowledge required to accept relevant responsibilities in refineries, power plants, transportation industries, utility designing of buildings, Petroleum Ministry, National Iranian Oil Company, National Iranian Gas Company, Power Ministry, Planning and Budget Organization, Environmental Protection Organization and all companies related to the production and distribution of energy carriers.

Energy Systems Engineering is composed of theoretical and technical scientific courses for training energy experts with a good knowledge of designing, developing and utilizing energy extraction, processing, transformation, transfer, distribution and utilization systems.

The graduates are trained to acquire the skills required for the following responsibilities:

-          Designing and developing technical systems of processing, transformation and the technologies of energy saving and controlling environmental pollution,

-          Managing energy at micro and macro level (at production, regional and national level),

-          Sectional, regional and national energy planning,

-          Planning and managing processing and energy conversion units,

-          Conducting research on energy, and

-          Providing scientific and technical support for energy sector institutions.

4         Short-term training courses

With a rich experience in holding short-term training courses, the faculty is regarded as one of the best training centers for enriching the technical knowledge of human resources of all organization, particularly those working in oil industries. These courses are offered around six main categories:

1.       On-employment courses including all courses required by a newly-employed individual  to start his/her career,

2.       On-the-job oil, gas, and petrochemical courses including rigid and rotating equipments, technical software, map reading, towers and convertors, etc.

3.       HSE courses including safety and firefighting, first aid, etc.

4.       Management courses including strategic management, supervising, risk management, knowledge management, crisis management, work psychology, etc.

5.       Maritime technical courses.

5         Research

It is known that 30% of global oil and gas resources are underneath the sea bed. It should be noted that offshore resources growingly need to be utilized while most oil and gas resources are located in offshore regions and the land-based hydrocarbon reservoirs are growingly depleted. The role of building marine equipments and structures is undeniable in continuous production and earning income from these resources. On the other hand, given the need for developing the research in offshore industries, offshore research centers are in a close cooperation with large-scale oil companies around the world in order to meet the demands of countries having oil and gas marine fields.

Therefore, the faculty triggered research activities in this field by founding Research Center of Oil and Gas Offshore Industries with the following objectives:

-          Sustainable development of oil and gas offshore industries including energy optimization and environmental protection

-          Meeting the operational needs of these industries

-          Conducting practical oil and gas industry researches

The Research Center is composed of three research groups including marine structures, oil equipment design and buildup, and energy management and engineering and HSE.

6         Educational Facilities

The faculty is equipped with a rich source of information in its library as well as a computer center and the workshops and laboratories which can be used during training courses.

6.1         Library

The library has about 10, 000 books out of which about 6000 are in Persian and 4000 in English. It also has about 2000 e-books in the oil, gas, energy as well as offshore structures. The search in the library, both in hard and electronic copies, is possible over the Internet. The library revises its database annually eliminating the outdated publications and procuring the updated literature. The students also have access to some internationally well-known online databases, e.g. Sciencedirect.

6.2         Workshops and Laboratories

The faculty has laboratories, simulators, and workshops as follows:

-          Simulators of diesel engine, steam turbine, electronic boiler, inert gas, power, and marine communications.

-          Laboratories of energy, vibration, PLC, mechanics, thermodynamics, and precision tools, and

-          Workshops of engine, chiseling, welding, first-aid, auxiliary machineries, and marine utilities and equipment.



6.3         Computer Center

The computer center of the faculty is equipped with optimal fiber and wireless internet network throughout the faculty with a broadband private DATA 4 MB-wide line. It supports all computing requirements of the faculty, Internet network and computer-equipped classes. The local network is available in dormitories both through cable connection as well as wireless system.