Ship Engineer

Assistant Engineer, Ferry Engineer, Maritime Engineer   More Names
Operating or Equipment Maintenance Marine Engineer, Ship Engines Operating Engineer, Small Boat Engineer, Turnaround Engineer, Vessel Engineer

Ship engineers ensure the safe and efficient functioning of the engine room equipment on a ferry, including inspecting equipment, making necessary repairs or adjustments, scheduling routine maintenance, and performing emergency maintenance should a malfunction occur in transit. They ensure that all federal, state, and local laws and regulations are followed, and manage the engine room crew.

Ship engineers report to the captain. Their work occurs over long hours and in various odd shifts, and may include overtime. The work also takes place in conditions that can be hot, noisy, and cramped, and in areas with poor air quality. Engineers need to have good communication, emergency management, problem solving, and supervisory skills. They must have knowledge of the rules and procedures related to maritime machinery (propulsion, boiler, electrical, and fuel systems) and be in excellent physical condition. They should have good eyesight, be able to stand for long periods, and be able to lift over 70 pounds.

Ship engineers must have a high school diploma or pass the general educational development (GED) exam. Employers prefer candidates with a bachelor's degree, as well as with two to six years of maritime experience. Engineers must also obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) before working on board a vessel, as well as the Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) and the U.S. Coast Guard Qualified Member of the Engine Department (QMED).

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
8% - Average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $50,060 - $92,950    Hourly: $24 - $45

Note:  There may be opportunities for overtime work and overtime pay in this occupation.

Physical/Medical/Health Requirements

- Ability to lift over 70lbs
- Ability to do a lot of standing
- Good health
- Good physical condition
- Good eyesight/ not color blind

Legal Requirements
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Typical Education:

Certificate (High School + 0-4 years, Certificate awarded)
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Percent Job Growth:

8% - Average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $50,060 - $92,950

Hourly: $24 - $45