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Marine Engineers

Marine Engineers manage and organise the installation, operation and maintenance of machinery and equipment on both offshore structures and ships at sea. The role can be quite varied as it offers the opportunity to work in the engine departments of cargo ships, dredges, offshore supply and drill vessels as well as on floating production storage and offtake facilities, oil tankers, passenger ships and tugs. Marine Engineers need to be familiar with the various types of diesel, steam and gas turbine engines.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring that engines and associated machinery are working effectively and efficiently, minimising pollution
  • Managing staff
  • Maintenance work while the ship is in port

This role can include shiftwork as workers may be called out to work in emergencies.

Career prospects are good. With a global shortage of engineers more generally, there is strong competition for the underlying skill set and experience.

Industry facts

  • Marine Engineers must be physically fit, have normal colour vision, an awareness of maritime safety issues and have good hand-eye coordination.
  • The Maritime industry employs approximately 40,000 people in Australia.
  • 99% of Australia’s international trade is moved by ships.

Entry Qualifications

Workers must hold a First Aid Certificate and a current certificate of medical fitness that certifies they meet required medical and eyesight standards.


  • AMSA Certificates of Competency apply to this role dependent on vessel type/size.

Training qualification:

  • Diploma of Maritime Operations (Engineer Watchkeeper)
  • Diploma of Maritime Operations (Marine Engineering Class 3 Near Coastal)
  • Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations (Marine Engineering Class 1)
  • Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations (Marine Engineering Class 2)

Estimated Salary

$38,000 – $71,000*
*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.

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