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The Duties of a Marine Engineer

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Read through and find out the job description of a marine engineer.

One of the most lucrative but demanding jobs in the world is being a marine engineer. A marine engineer designs, constructs and maintain ships, vessels and equipments. But don’t think that they are exclusively working for private cargo or cruise ships because they can also work for the government, military, engineering firms, transportation organizations and most especially, ship builders.

Being a marine engineer has high requirements and standards and this article will give a brief job description of the duties of a marine engineer.

Education Requirements
Since you are going to design boats, you must have an engineering bachelor’s degree with emphasis or specializing in maritime engineering. However, if you are aiming for higher positions, you will need additional schooling. There are some entry-level positions in engineering research that requires graduate-level course work. And, if you are really good at Mathematics, Physics or any scientific field, you might be considered for this position too.

Licensure Requisites
Marine engineering positions require a license and before he can get a license, he must first earn a degree from an engineering program and has completed a four year course and relevant work experience and has passed two written exams. The first exam is called the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and once you have passed this, you are now considered an EIT or Engineering Intern.

After that, you must complete your work experience requirements so you can take the second exam. The second exam is called the Principles of Practice and Engineering Exam. Only after you have completed and passed this test will you only be considered a professional engineer or PE.

Working Environment
Don’t expect that this job will be anything than lax because office hours are divided among your office, laboratories, construction sites and even industrial plants. Usually, your days will depend on the assignment of your employer—depending on your project. Generally, most engineers have a 40-hour work week and overtime are often required as deadlines are approaching.

Attitude Towards Your Job
Would you believe that even if this job is well compensated, it still has a low growth rate compared to others? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are many factors that contribute to this and one of that is the stumpy number of students who want to pursue this field.

But, not only is the marine engineer confined in designing boats; sometimes, there are some who go on-board and act as the ship’s engineer. For this, they are also required to have offshore training and basic sea safety courses.  But no matter where your job takes you, the most important thing to remember is to do your job and have a harmonious relationship with other crew members of the ship.

Being a marine engineer is hard work and you need proper education and training to pass all the requirements. This work also needs dedication and focus so that you’ll meet your deadlines on time and handle more projects.


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