Marine Engine Drivers work in the engine room of a vessel and are in charge of the operation and maintenance of motorised equipment on small commercial vessels. Eligibility for this role includes specified periods of sea service.
As a Marine Engine Driver (Grade III) individuals are restricted to working on vessels of up to 250 kilowatts offshore, or 500kw inshore. The next step is to attain further qualifications as a Marine Engine Driver (Grade II), allowing individuals to work on vessels up to 500kw offshore, or 750kw inshore.
Individuals may choose to further their qualifications and become a Marine Engine Driver (Grade I), allowing individuals to work on vessels up to 1500kw in restricted offshore areas, or 750kw in Australian Coastal or middle waters.
A career as a Marine Engine Driver is the starting point for those seeking a career within the Maritime sector as a Marine Engineer (Class 3).
A trainee or cadet must be 18 years of age.
Expected salaries for this occupation will vary across Australia in accordance to the Marine Engine Driver Grading (III, II or I).