Ships Engineer

Ship Engineers are responsible for installing, maintaining, operating, and repairing the ships engines and machinery, and any offshore structures. They take orders from the captain to control the speed of the ship by operating the correct machinery. Ship Engineers should be physically fit, have good problem solving skills and be able to work as part of a team.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Monitoring the performance of the heating, ventilation, refrigeration, water and sewerage stems.
  • Repair faults where necessary.
  • Ordering spare parts, fuel and lubricating oil when offshore.

Industry facts

  • Most international trade is carried out by the shipping industry alone. Therefore, shipping is essential to the current requirements of the global market.
  • Ship Engineers can spend long periods at sea where they work shifts which include nights and weekends.
  • They work in all weather conditions, which can include stormy weather and rough seas.
  • Ship Engineers are also often required to work at heights and in confined spaces.

Entry Qualifications

Training qualification:

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

Estimated Salary

$49,343 – $85,592 (median $67,467)*
*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.

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