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Marine Engineers

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

Where in the Coast Guard? In the Coast Guard: Boating Standards; Naval Engineering; RL - Engineering Duty Officer - Ship Engineering; Vessel Technical

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:
  • Prepare, or direct the preparation of, product or system layouts and detailed drawings and schematics.
  • Inspect marine equipment and machinery to draw up work requests and job specifications.
  • Conduct analytical, environmental, operational, or performance studies to develop designs for products, such as marine engines, equipment, and structures.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • design
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

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

Abilities

Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Spatial
  • imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • ShipConstructor
Analytical or scientific software
  • ANSYS FLUENT
  • Strand7
Spreadsheet software
  • IBM Lotus 1-2-3
  • Microsoft Excel

Education

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

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$88,100
per year, on average
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