Marine Engineer

We're looking for people who:

appreciate and enjoy working with machinery.

What you will do:

You will be consulted on the design of marine vessels, and ship machinery and  related equipment, including ship power supplies. You also will  assist in evaluating the performance of ships and their  equipment. Some specific tasks you will be asked to complete include:

  • Design tests and inspect equipment to insure machinery operates correctly
  • Complete repair projects on schedule and on budget
  • Meet with researchers to solve design problems in ship equipment and ship systemss
  • Keep ships in compliance with international regulations, standards for life-saving equipment, and pollution preventatives
  • Schedule routine maintenance  for ship electrical, heating, ventilation, refrigeration, water, and sewage systems

Knowledge required for this job:

  • Practical application of  engineering and technology principles
  • How to design using  blueprints, drawings and models
  • The operation, use, repair and maintenence of machinery
  • Branches of mathematics -- especially  arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, and statistics

Skills required for this job:

  • The ability to use mathematics to solve problems
  • Determining the right tool and/or equipment for the job
  • Good listening and comprehension  
  • Good written and oral communication
  • A knack for troubleshooting, and correcting problems before they fully develop

What education you need:

Most marine engineer jobs require a bachelor's degree or higher A majority (60.3%) of people ages 25-44 who currently hold this kind of job have a bachelor's degree or higher. About one-quarter (25.7%) have had some college courses, with 14% holding a high school diploma or lower.


Nationally, people working in this job earn between $21.73 and $54.48 an hour.
In Maryland, the pay scale ranges from $23.14 - $62.20 an hour. (Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) 2007)

Future job prospects

Nationally, all marine engineering jobs are expected to increase from 6,800 positions in 2004 to 7, 400 in 2014. (+8%) In Maryland, jobs numbers are expected to increase, with 320 positions in 2004 and 350 in 2014. (+10%)

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