Most of the time, marine engineers work for private organizations or the military, or they work as as consultants. A Marine engineer’s job is to research, design, develop, and construct new marine vessels and their component parts.
They are also involved in maintaining and repairing existing marine vessels. They create blueprints and design engines and propulsion systems. They are often required to create and test prototypes of various vessels. They are also often required to supervise the construction of full-size ships to make sure that they are completed in accordance with the approved blueprint. Marine engineers may specialize in different types of marine vessels. They may work on the construction of naval ships, passenger boats, submarines, military battleships, aircraft carriers, or cruise ships. Employers often hire marine engineers to design new models of certain types of ships or to improve their current ships. When working with the United States Navy, these engineers are responsible for creating, improving, and/or maintaining various naval crafts, which include aircraft carriers, submarines, and many other types of ships that are used by the military.
Marine engineers who work for the military usually receive training in military schools. They learn about defense systems and nuclear power that are integrated into military or naval ships. They must also learn about different types of fuel intake systems that are used by various marine vessels. These positions require high security clearance. The ability to keep confidentiality is a must. Marine engineers must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, mathematics, or other relevant fields, as well as relevant experience in their field. Marine engineers must have excellent computer skills. They must have excellent oral and written communication skills. They must be able to work in a team environment. They must be able to travel within the United States or overseas.
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.