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What do Marine Engineers do?

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

What are the Main Tasks of Marine Engineers?

  • 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 crewmembers 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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