Marine engineers control the installation, operation and maintenance of machinery and equipment on ships and vessels. Marine engineers work in the engine departments of cargo ships, dredges, offshore supply and drill vessels, floating production storage and offtake facilities, oil tankers, passenger ships and tugs. They need to be familiar with various types of diesel engines, steam plant and gas turbines.
Duties & Tasks
Marine engineers may perform the following tasks:ensure that the main engines and associated machinery, electrical, refrigeration, air conditioning and cargo-handling equipment on ships are operating efficientlymonitor automatic data-recording equipment, or record readings manually on ships without such equipmentanalyse the readings for trends and make adjustments to machinery operation as requiredcarry out regular maintenance of the main engine and repair defective auxiliary equipmentstand watch as officer in charge of the engineering watch at sea and in portensure that vessel operations do not create pollutionmaintain engine room stores and record usage of parts and equipmentsupervise staff and carry out major maintenance work while the ship is in portbe involved with the operation of small craft such as patrol boats, tugs, river ferries and port authority vessels.
Marine engineers may work onshore or at sea, or both. Those who work at sea may be away from home for long periods. They may work long shifts and be on call to work in emergencies. Engine rooms can be very noisy, hot and dirty. Physical exertion is required when repairing machinery.
- enjoy technical and engineering activities enjoy machinery operation able to cope with the physical demands of the job prepared to accept responsibility able to work as part of a team prepared to work for long periods at sea.