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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 Systems Technician Basic; Machinist's Mate; Machinist's Mate (Submarine); Machinist's Mate Basic; Main Propulsion Assistant (Diesel); Main Propulsion Assistant (General); RL - Engineering Duty Officer - Ship Engineering

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.

Knowledge

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

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

Abilities

Verbal
  • 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
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

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

Technology

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Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
some college or
high school diploma
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$70,890
per year, on average
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