Marine Surveyor

Marine surveyors conduct inspections of passenger and cargo ships, commercial charter craft, fishing vessels, recreational craft and yachts.

They inspect the hulls, machinery and equipment during ship construction to ensure standards and legislative requirements are met. They must also perform surveys throughout the ship’s life to ensure standards are maintained.

The responsibilities may include:

  • Inspect and approve design plans of hulls and equipment including the main propulsion engines, auxiliary boilers and turbines, electrical power generating plant, refrigeration and air conditioning plant and pumping systems
  • Examine the standards of construction and witness tests of materials
  • Carry out inspections required by domestic statutes and international conventions
  • Measure ships for tonnage and survey them for load line assignment
  • Investigate and examine marine accidents in port and at sea

Industry facts

  • Marine Surveyors must have normal colour vision, an awareness of maritime safety issues, aptitude for using computers and have good handeye coordination.
  •  The Maritime industry employs approximately 40,000 people in Australia.
  • 99% of Australia’s international trade is moved by ships.

Entry Qualifications

Training qualification:

  • Diploma of Maritime Operations (Marine Surveying)

Estimated Salary

$47,000 – $107,000 (Median $79,000)*
*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.

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