How to become a marine engineer

Plunge into propulsion, pumps and engines to make boats and watercraft safe and efficient.

What does a marine engineer do?

Marine engineers (also known as ship's engineers or engineering officers) are specialist technical professionals who control and manage ship plants and equipment. They can work on ships, platforms, offshore drilling rigs, and sea-going vessels. Their responsibility extends beyond propulsion to include power, climate control, fuel, lighting and more.

Duties and tasks

  • Oversee the operational and maintenance requirements of ship propulsion and domestic plant and equipment.
  • Operate and maintain ship systems including mechanical, electrical, and hydraulics.
  • Plan scheduled maintenance and keep records.
  • Deal with breakdowns and emergency repairs.

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