Spanning Canada and the United States, North America is home to a plethora of major industry players, including Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's second-largest publicly traded company after Royal Dutch Shell. The region's oil and natural gas industry is focused on developing oil sands, deepwater gulf prospects and increasingly profitable shale deposits stretching across the continent. One of the premier sweet spots for deepwater exploration, the Gulf of Mexico is the largest body of water indenting the U.S. continental coastline, and its subsea developments continue to spark both national and international interest.
Marine engineering involves the design, development, operation and maintenance of the propulsion, powering and mechanization aspects of a ship or other marine vessels. They specialize in the anchoring, steering, cargo handling, hvac, communications and electrical power generation equipment onboard. Marine engineers in the oil and gas industry may also focus on fixed marine structures, such as oil rigs, platforms, or offshore windfarms.