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 efficiently
monitor automatic data-recording equipment, or record readings manually on ships without such equipment
analyse the readings for trends and make adjustments to machinery operation as required
carry out regular maintenance of the main engine and repair defective auxiliary equipment
stand watch as officer in charge of the engineering watch at sea and in port
ensure that vessel operations do not create pollution
maintain engine room stores and record usage of parts and equipment
supervise staff and carry out major maintenance work while the ship is in port
be 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.