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All About Marine Engineers

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

Life As a Marine Engineer

  • Determine conditions under which tests are to be conducted, as well as sequences and phases of test operations.
  • Prepare, or direct the preparation of, product or system layouts and detailed drawings and schematics.
  • Conduct environmental, operational, or performance tests on marine machinery and equipment.
  • Procure materials needed to repair marine equipment and machinery.
  • 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.
  • Inspect marine equipment and machinery to draw up work requests and job specifications.

Marine Engineer Required Skills

Below is a list of the skills most Marine Engineers say are important on the job.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

  • Automation Engineer
  • Ship Surveyor
  • Marine Service Engineer
  • Naval Marine Engineer
  • Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)

Is There Job Demand for Marine Engineers?

There were about 8,200 jobs for Marine Engineer in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 12.2% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 1,000 new jobs for Marine Engineer by 2026. The BLS estimates 600 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Marine Engineer are Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Virginia. Watch out if you plan on working in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, or Oregon. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Marine Engineer

Marine Engineers make between $65,090 and $148,950 a year.

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Marine Engineers who work in California, District of Columbia, or Maryland, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Marine Engineers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alaska $116,100
California $126,140
District of Columbia $118,090
Florida $94,310
Hawaii $78,980
Louisiana $106,850
Maryland $114,010
Massachusetts $75,110
Mississippi $106,130
Missouri $81,590
New Jersey $93,770
New York $120,860
Texas $92,830
Virginia $91,480
Washington $91,670

What Tools & Technology do Marine Engineers Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Marine Engineers:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Access
  • SAP
  • Microsoft Project
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • IBM Lotus 1-2-3
  • Oracle Primavera Systems
  • ANSYS FLUENT
  • McNeel Rhino software
  • Siemens PLM Software Solid Edge
  • MSC Software Nastran
  • Siemens PLM Software NX
  • Autodesk Algor Simulation

Becoming a Marine Engineer

What education or degrees do I need to become a Marine Engineer?

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Marine Engineer?

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Where Marine Engineers Work

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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Image Credit: U.S. Navy via Public Domain

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