Potential Career/Occupation Information

Ship Engineers

Occupation Information table
Overview: Supervise and coordinate activities of crew engaged in operating and maintaining engines, boilers, deck machinery, and electrical, sanitary, and refrigeration equipment aboard ship.
Duties: 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. Record orders for changes in ship speed or direction and note gauge readings or test data, such as revolutions per minute or voltage output, in engineering logs or bellbooks. Perform or participate in emergency drills, as required. Maintain complete records of engineering department activities, including machine operations. Start engines to propel ships and regulate engines and power transmissions to control speeds of ships, according to directions from captains or bridge computers. Monitor and test operations of engines or other equipment so that malfunctions and their causes can be identified. Maintain or repair engines, electric motors, pumps, winches, or other mechanical or electrical equipment or assist other crew members with maintenance or repair duties. Perform general marine vessel maintenance or repair work, such as repairing leaks, finishing interiors, refueling, or maintaining decks.
Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 5% to 8% percent from 2014 to 2024, which matches the average growth rate for all occupations.
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires a High School Degree, plus additional coursework in a vocational or technical school. In some cases, employers may require an Associate Degree.
Recommended Skills:
  • Operating equipment and machinery.
  • Watching gauges and any other types of indicators to make sure equipment is running properly.
  • Inspecting and testing products or services to assure they meet the desired specifications.
  • Performing routine maintenance and/or repairs on equipment using the appropriate tools.
  • Assigning duties to others, motivating them, and evaluating their performance.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Analyzing the symptoms of a problem and deciding what actions should be taken to resolve the problem.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
 

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.

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