A marine engineer works to solve the technical challenges faced by ships, marine structures, machinery, or vessels. They are also be concerned with propulsion systems, power supplies, and specialized marine electronics or control systems; occasionally, the marine engineer works with coastal engineering, offshore structures, or management and consulting. Recently, marine electronics has become a growing field for the marine engineer, covering global positioning, autonomous systems, or other sensor-driven environments.
Marine engineers may be employed by various transportation industries, including on the Great Lakes, inland areas, or in deep water. Various governments and governmental agencies employ marine engineers in roles that include safety or monitoring, construction, design, defense, maintenance, and management. Marine engineers usually live near the water or shore; for example, in the United States, Texas employs more marine engineers than any other state.
The terminal degree for a marine engineer is either a bachelor or a master's of science degree, and some type of board registration is required. The engineering profession is usually licensed by a state or national government. In the US, the National Council of Engineering Examiners give the Professional Engineering licensing examination, which consists of two eight-hour examinations that cover a specific technical and ethical body of knowledge.
Marine Engineer Tasks
- Document requirements, instructions, material specifications, and troubleshooting guides.
- Monitor logs, data, and user feedback to identify trends and improve designs.
- Provide technical leadership and project management for marine design and construction.
- Inspect marine construction and evaluate metrics like stability, weight, and hydrostatics.