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Subsea engineering is a multidisciplinary field that builds on traditional engineering knowledge. Texas A&M University subsea engineering students will broaden their engineering skills. You will learn about the economic and operational drivers critical to designing, selecting and configuring subsea systems. You will also learn about subsea project management and execution, including experience-based lessons.

All students in this program take courses covering subsea engineering fundamentals. You may select from courses covering subsea hardware, subsea controls and umbilical systems, subsea riser systems, flowlines, pipelines and their installation. 

About Subsea Engineering

What is Subsea Engineering?

Subsea engineering is a multidisciplinary field broadly responsible for controlling and directing the flow of oil and gas from deep marine wells. The scope of this engineering field includes all hardware, control, umbilicals, pipelines and interfaces with host production facilities. 

Subsea engineering is challenging because a successful operation involves hundreds of moving parts designed and expected to operate flawlessly for decades in harsh offshore environments while being remotely controlled from many miles away. 

What Does a Subsea Engineer Do?

Typical subsea engineering jobs focus on the following areas:

  • Specialty hardware design, fabrication and installation of subsea equipment.
  • Project management that enables on-time delivery and startup of subsea equipment.
  • Detailed technical modeling and design of subsea systems and components.
  • Subsea production operations, interventions, deep-water repairs, system troubleshooting and directing onsite activities from offshore locations. 

Where Do Subsea Engineers Work?

Subsea engineers are typically based in offices with frequent, and sometimes extended, visits to fabrication, manufacturing, installation and offshore operation sites. Subsea engineers occasionally work in international locations and other frontier areas. They can expect to work in various geographic regions during their careers.

Why Our Program

Why Study Subsea Engineering at Texas A&M University?

The subsea engineering master's degree program builds upon Texas A&M University's academic legacy in all engineering areas. Texas A&M  has a wide variety of unique resources, such as the Offshore Technology Research Center and deep-water scientific expertise.

The subsea engineering master's degree program can leverage a strong historical collaboration between Texas A&M and industry. Texas A&M's advanced learning technologies and training methods help make our subsea engineering graduates highly sought after for industry employment. Also, our program's alumni join the highly connected Aggie network.

How to Apply

To apply for our subsea engineering program:

  • Register for ENGR/SSEN 430/630 Fundamentals of Subsea Engineering. 
  • Register for the Continuing Education (non-academic credit) Fundamentals of Subsea Engineering. Interested parties are asked to apply before registering for the continuing education (CE) course. Qualifying students will be notified of acceptance into the CE program and will receive a link for course registration later.

Students in a non-degree-seeking (NDS) post-baccalaureate status may be permitted to enroll in subsea courses. Please contact the director of the subsea program for more information.

Subsea Engineering Faculty 

Meet our subsea engineering faculty members:

Ronald Ledbetter

  • Professor of Practice, Subsea Engineering
  • Director, Subsea Engineering
Ronald Ledbetter

Saadat Mirza

  • Professor of Practice, Subsea Engineering
Saadat Mirza

Keshawa Shukla

  • Professor of Engineering Practice, Subsea Engineering
Keshawa Shukla