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EN445: Marine Fabrication Methods

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EN445: Marine Fabrication Methods (2-2-3)

This course presents some of the basic techniques used to fabricate offshore structures and ships. Lecture and lab topics develop an understanding of metal, concrete, and composite construction and quality control methods through the manufacturing and testing of small components representative of those used in the marine environment. An understanding of fabrication specifications is developed through group projects in each material category.


  • Various supplemental materials, including course handouts on concrete design, welding, and composites.


  1. Be able to describe the basic processes involved in fabricating marine components in metals, concrete, and composites.
  2. Be able to convey construction information in drawings and specifications.
  3. Understand the trade-offs between design decisions and fabrication complexity.
  4. Have a basic understanding of project planning through the use of a Work Breakdown Structure.
  5. Have a basic understanding of the use of standards in testing.


  • EN380, Naval Material Science and Engineering

Class Topics

  1. Introduction to Design
  2. Quality Control and Assurance
  3. Work Breakdown Structure
  4. Project Management and Control
  5. Reinforced Concrete Design, Fabrication, and Testing
  6. Composite Beam Design, Fabrication, and Testing
  7. Composite Joinery
  8. Welding Types and Techniques
  9. Bolting and Riveting
  10. Metal Fabrication (Cutting and shaping)
  11. Steel Beam Design, Fabrication, and Testing
  12. Forensic Analysis
  13. Crane Selection
  14. Leadership in Construction Management

Computer Usage

The students are required to make extensive use of scheduling software, spreadsheets, and MATLAB.

Laboratory Projects

  • In-class Design Exercise
  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) Lab
  • Riveting/Bolting Lab
  • Brazing/Welding Lab
  • Metals Testing Lab
  • Concrete Fabrication and QA Lab
  • Post-Tensioned Concrete Lab
  • Concrete Testing Lab
  • Composite Hand Lamination Lab
  • Composite Machining Lab
  • Field Trip to Concrete Shop
  • Joining Composites Lab
  • Composites Testing Lab
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