What does a Marine Engineer do?

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

Jobs Roles

  • 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.
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