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Marine Engineers

Also called: Marine Engineer, Marine Engineering Consultant, Marine Surveyor, Project Engineer

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Coast Guard or Navy.

What they do:
Design, develop, and take responsibility for the installation of ship machinery and related equipment including propulsion machines and power supply systems.
On the job, you would:
  • Supervise other engineers and crew members and train them for routine and emergency duties.
  • Perform monitoring activities to ensure that ships comply with international regulations and standards for life saving equipment and pollution preventatives.
  • Prepare plans, estimates, design and construction schedules, and contract specifications, including any special provisions.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • product and service development
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Persistence


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software Hot Technology
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • ShipConstructor
Analytical or scientific software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB Hot Technology
Spreadsheet software
  • IBM Lotus 1-2-3
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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