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Port Engineering Certificate Program

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

    ASCE's Port Engineering Certificate Program is a series of career-focused courses taught by practicing engineers and university professors providing professional engineers in-demand skills used in the field of port engineering. You will learn the fundamental concepts of port engineering, the design, construction, and management of port facilities, types of seismic design classifications, and how to interpret geotechnical data. 

    In these 12-week courses, you'll acquire sought-after skills that will help you excel in your current position or advance to a new one. You'll be taught from the unique insight and knowledge of a master's level instructor who is highly experienced in port engineering.
    Certificate program enrollment saves you up to 35% versus purchasing courses individually.


    William M. Bruin P.E. D.PE, M.ASCE
    Antoine Chemali, MS, P.E., CCM
    Martin L. Eskijian, P.E., D.P.E. (Ret.), M. ASCE
    Omar Jaradat, P.E., Ph.D, D.PE, M.ASCE
    Gayle Johnson, S.E., P.E., M.ASCE
    Jerko Kocijan, Ph.D., P.E., GE, M.ASCE
    Nason McCullough, Ph.D., P.E., GE, M.ASCE
    Marc Percher, P.E., M.S., M.ASCE
    Edward J. Schmeltz, P.E., D.CE, D.OE, D.PE, D.NE, F.ASCE

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    Learning Outcomes

    After completing this certificate program, you will be able to:

    • Describe the relationship of maritime vessel characteristics to engineering analyses of port and harbor facilities.
    • Describe the factors affecting the design and operation of marine facilities including wind, waves, ice, tides, and currents.
    • Identify the necessary basic design criteria for port/harbor structures, all applicable loads, and recommended load combinations/factors.
    • Convert criteria into operational limits and downtime estimates at various facility types.
    • Compute berthing and static mooring loads on a port structure.
    • Be able to evaluate if an existing port structure needs to be rehabilitated.
    • Learn the process of Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) delivery and know the construction management techniques (quality/ schedule/ budget).
    • Understand various design & construction element requirements and associated risks.
    • Describe the required process and applicable federal, state, and local design criteria for designing a pier and wharf.

    Who Should Attend?

    Perfect for:

    • Entry level engineers working for port authorities or consulting firms
    • Port staff, port project/construction managers/consultants, or port tenants/operators
    • Practicing engineers
    • Engineers seeking to move into port engineering from other civil/mechanical disciplines (e.g. buildings, pipelines, etc.)
    • Other construction service providers
    • Senior level management personnel who might have recently assumed responsibilities over port engineering without any background
    • Senior level management that may be placed into a position of authority over port facilities

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    Suggested Pre-Requisites

    • Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, or physics

    Certificate Requirements

    • Five Guided Online Courses are required to complete this certificate program.
    • Complete all 5 Guided Online Courses within 4 years from enrollment.
    • Earn a certificate of completion after all 5 courses are finished.

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    Upon completing the certificate requirements, you will earn 12 CEUs / 120 PDHs.


    Member $5,500 | Non-Member $6,500

    Save up to 35% with certificate enrollment versus purchasing courses individually.

    Certificate Courses*

    *The 3 core courses and 2 electives must be completed for a total of 5 courses

    Suggested order of completion:

    1. Introduction to Port Engineering
    2. Design of Port Facilities
    3. Construction of Port Facilities


    1. Geotechnical Design of Port Facilities 
    2. Port Operations and Maintenance
    3. Marine Container Terminal Planning
    4. Seismic Design of Piers and Wharves

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