Departments and laboratories
ETSIN has three departments: Naval Architecture and Construction, Ocean and Naval Systems and Basic Naval Engineering.
As well as ETSIN’s own departments, the School has the support of the staff of two outside departments: Nuclear Engineering at the Higher Technical School of Industrial Engineers and the inter-university department of Linguistics Applied to Science and Technology.
Admission to different departments:
The school has twelve laboratories and a computer centre, where the courses are complemented through practical work, where the students experiment with a range of materials which enable them to develop skills which will be of great use in their careers. The practical work follows an academic schedule allowing students to understand better what they have learnt in class by putting their knowledge into practice, going more deeply into the theory they have studied and the exercises they have done, both in class and when studying by themselves. Research projects in various fields are carried out in the laboratories and this allows students to participate, in some cases, and in others to observe the use of the different systems and equipment with which they are provided.
Students use the laboratories from the beginning of their courses, giving them an early opportunity to extend their experience and improve their cognitive capacity regarding naval engineering. From the first year on they do practical work related to their profession from the simplest aspects of physics and chemistry to the most complex problems of structures and hydrodynamics.
As research programmes are conducted in the laboratories the students can become familiar with the methodology, means and all the problems affecting R&D&i and have a clear idea of what companies need from future professionals.
The teaching material in the laboratories is designed to meet the students’ need to do practical work in line with their theory courses. The facilities can cater comfortably for the numbers of students who will be doing practical work in each academic year.
Each laboratory thus has enough work stations for all the students, working in suitably sized groups, to complete the number of practical projects specified in the syllabus.
All necessary materials are available in the laboratories for the students to complete the practical work efficiently. The distribution of students and groups and the number of practical sessions may vary: as a rule there are ten students to a group, although, according to the subject, the groups may be as small as five, while in others the number may reach fifteen.
All the laboratories are fully operational and have facilities to cater for the three levels envisaged in the course design. The Oceanology laboratory is more modern than most of the others and some additional features have still to be added. There is time for this to be done as the Ocean Engineering courses have been programmed to run later than those in Naval Architecture and Naval Engineering.