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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Skills and knowledge

Marine engineers may do some or all of the following:
  • diagnose engine and machinery problems, and carry out maintenance and repairs
  • order and receive fuel and lubricating oils and spare parts
  • perform specialised fabrication, maintenance and diagnostics or electrical fitting tasks
  • check, test and maintain automatic controls and alarm systems.
Marine engineers at sea may also:
  • have charge of engines and mechanical, electrical and electronic equipment in ships' engine rooms (and elsewhere aboard)
  • keep ships moving at required speeds by operating propulsion engines according to orders from the captain or computers on the bridge
  • maintain services to electrical power, heating, ventilation, refrigeration, water and sewerage systems
  • supervise other engineers and crew members, and be responsible for training them in routine and emergency duties.

Skills and knowledge

Marine engineers need to have:
  • knowledge of mechanical engineering
  • knowledge of pneumatic and hydraulic machinery (operated with pressure caused by air or liquids)
  • knowledge of how to operate and fix electronic and electrical equipment
  • knowledge of safety regulations and procedures
  • fire-fighting, first aid and survival skills
  • knowledge of home and foreign port regulations.

Skills, interests and qualities

To be a marine engineer you should have:
  • strong problem-solving skills
  • excellent maths and IT skills
  • good communication and negotiating skills
  • excellent technical knowledge
  • computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) skills
  • the ability to prioritise workloads and plan effectively
  • budget management skills
  • a commitment to keeping up to date with new developments
  • the ability to manage a team
  • an awareness of health and safety procedures
  • a willingness to travel and work at sea for extended periods.
You may need diving skills if your job involves underwater work.

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