Introduction to Port Engineering - PAID

Starts:  Jan 23, 2023 09:00 AM (ET)
Ends:  Aug 19, 2023 05:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  COPRI Events
Guided Online Course

The last date to register for this course is June 1, 2023.

Instructor facilitation from January 23 – April 14. After April 14, the course will remain open, but will be monitored by ASCE staff only until September 7, 2023.

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Save over 20% when you purchase this course through the Port Engineering Certificate Program

Sponsored by COPRI and the COPRI Ports and Harbors Committee Certificate in Port Engineering Task Committee


2.4 CEUs / 24 PDHs


Member $1045 | Non-member $1345 —new lower pricing


Edward J. Schmeltz, P.E., D.CE, D.OE, D.PE, D.NE, F.ASCE 
Martin L. Eskijian, P.E., D.PE (Ret.), M. ASCE


Martin L. Eskijian, P.E., D.PE (Ret.), M. ASCE

Purpose & background

This course will provide a general background in port engineering. Various types of terminals will be presented, including: container, liquid bulk, dry bulk, cruise ships, small craft marinas, and USN/military terminals. The course will give the specific requirements of each of these various types of facilities and prepare the student for the engineering tasks required for port facilities. Reference materials will be the most current and provide a knowledge base and toolbox for the students.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain for the engineering tasks required for port facilities.
  • Become familiar with distinct types of terminals including container, liquid bulk, dry bulk, cruise ships, small craft marinas, and USN/military terminals.
  • List the design and operational criteria for these types of port facilities.
  • Identify the characteristics of maritime vessels.
  • Describe the relationship of maritime vessel characteristics to engineering analyses of port and harbor facilities.
  • Identify types of vessels and the key factors each brings to the design of maritime facilities.
  • Describe the factors affecting the design and operation of marine facilities including wind, waves, ice, tides, and currents.
  • Convert criteria into operational limits and downtime estimates at various facility types.

Who should attend?

  • Entry level engineers working for port authorities or consulting firms.  
  • Engineers seeking to move into the field of port engineering from other disciplines.
  • Senior level management that may be placed into a position of authority over port facilities.

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