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Marine Engineers

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

Where in the Navy? In the Navy: Engineering Liaison Officer; Hull Inspection Officer; Naval Engineering Hull Development Officer; Naval Engineering Research Project Officer; Naval Engineering Trials and Survey Officer; RL - Special Duty Officer - Strategic Sealift Officer (SSO); Ship Construction and Repair Superintendent (Nuclear); Ship Construction and Repair Superintendent (Submarines); Ship Repair Officer; Staff Hull Material Officer; Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion, and Repair

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.

Knowledge

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

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 speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Math
  • 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

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

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

Education

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

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$93,110
per year, on average
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