Marine Engineers
SOC: 17-2121.01

Description:

Design, develop, and take responsibility for the installation of ship machinery and related equipment including propulsion machines and power supply systems.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
8,300 employed

Projected (2024):
9,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Analytical Consultant
  • Automation Engineer
  • Consulting Engineer
  • Design Drafter
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Systems Designer
  • Engineer
  • Engineering Consultant
  • Hull Outfit Supervisor
  • Marine Consultant
  • Marine Design Engineer
  • Marine Engineer
  • Marine Engineering Consultant
  • Marine Equipment Design Engineer
  • Marine Equipment Research Engineer
  • Marine Equipment Test Engineer
  • Marine Surveyor
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanical Systems Designer
  • Naval Architect
  • Naval Engineer
  • Naval Marine Engineer
  • Port Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Propulsion Machinery Service Engineer
  • Ship Surveyor
  • Ships Equipment Engineer
  • Structural Designer
  • Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)
  • Systems Engineer


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • 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.
  • Design and oversee testing, installation, and repair of marine apparatus and equipment.
  • Prepare plans, estimates, design and construction schedules, and contract specifications, including any special provisions.
  • Investigate and observe tests on machinery and equipment for compliance with standards.
  • Coordinate activities with regulatory bodies to ensure repairs and alterations are at minimum cost, consistent with safety.
  • Conduct environmental, operational, or performance tests on marine machinery and equipment.
  • Prepare technical reports for use by engineering, management, or sales personnel.
  • Maintain contact with, and formulate reports for, contractors and clients to ensure completion of work at minimum cost.
  • Evaluate operation of marine equipment during acceptance testing and shakedown cruises.
  • Analyze data to determine feasibility of product proposals.
  • Determine conditions under which tests are to be conducted, as well as sequences and phases of test operations.
  • Procure materials needed to repair marine equipment and machinery.
  • Confer with research personnel to clarify or resolve problems and to develop or modify designs.
  • Review work requests and compare them with previous work completed on ships to ensure that costs are economically sound.
  • Act as liaisons between ships' captains and shore personnel to ensure that schedules and budgets are maintained, and that ships are operated safely and efficiently.
  • Perform monitoring activities to ensure that ships comply with international regulations and standards for life saving equipment and pollution preventatives.
  • Check, test, and maintain automatic controls and alarm systems.
  • Supervise other engineers and crew members and train them for routine and emergency duties.
  • Maintain and coordinate repair of marine machinery and equipment for installation on vessels.
  • Maintain records of engineering department activities, including expense records and details of equipment maintenance and repairs.
  • Schedule machine overhauls and the servicing of electrical, heating, ventilation, refrigeration, water, and sewage systems.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Desktop computers
  • Hard hats
  • Laptop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Safety glasses
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • ALGOR software
  • ANSYS FLUENT
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Creative System GHS
  • HydroComp NavCad
  • IBM Lotus 1-2-3
  • Intergraph SmartMarine 3D
  • McNeel Rhino software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Word
  • MSC Software Nastran
  • Oracle Primavera Systems software
  • Proteus Engineering FastShip
  • PTC Pro/ENGINEER software
  • PTC Pro/Pipe
  • Research Engineers International STAAD.Pro
  • SAP software
  • Seaworthy Systems Shipboard Automated Maintenance Management SAMM
  • ShipConstructor
  • Siemens PLM Software NX
  • Siemens PLM Software Solid Edge
  • SolidWorks CAD software
  • Strand7
  • Structural Dynamics StruCAD*3D
  • Tension Technology International OPTIMOOR
  • The MathWorks MATLAB


  • architecture and engineering


    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980