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Ship Engineers

Also called: Engineer, Ferry Engineer, Port Engineer, Tug Boat Engineer

Where in the Navy? In the Navy: Auxiliary Machinery Officer; Causeway Lighterage Engineer; Engineman Basic; Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical); Landing Craft Air Cushion Engineer; Machinist's Mate (Nuclear); Machinist's Mate (Surface); Main Propulsion Assistant (1200 psi Steam System); Main Propulsion Assistant (Gas Turbine); Main Propulsion Assistant (Steam)

What they do:
Supervise and coordinate activities of crew engaged in operating and maintaining engines, boilers, deck machinery, and electrical, sanitary, and refrigeration equipment aboard ship.
On the job, you would:
  • Monitor the availability, use, or condition of lifesaving equipment or pollution preventatives to ensure that international regulations are followed.
  • Monitor engine, machinery, or equipment indicators when vessels are underway and report abnormalities to appropriate shipboard staff.
  • Maintain electrical power, heating, ventilation, refrigeration, water, or sewerage systems.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • product and service development
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


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


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Self Control
  • Persistence
  • Integrity


You might use software like this on the job:

Facilities management software
  • Computerized maintenance management systems CMMS software
  • Damen DAMOS
Document management software
  • Marine Software Marine Safety Manager
Data base user interface and query software
  • Kongsberg Maritime K-LOG Electronic Logbooks


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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