A marine surveyor works to ensure that marine vessels and structures are safe and up to statutory code. The job entails examining intricate details of individual ships and other structures that are typically found outside of ports and in the ocean. Strong attention to detail is needed, as well as the ability to understand and apply statutory safety and quality controls.
Most marine surveyors work at (or in conjunction with) a port; almost all work is done in an outdoor setting. In addition to working at a specific port, there may be extensive travel involved, including visiting other ports and where individual vessels are docked. A surveyor reports to their supervisors and offers written reports and findings on inspections.
Since most work is done outdoors, the typical workday occurs during daytime hours. Some weekend work may be required as well. Interpersonal skills are essential in this position, as many times the surveyor must relay information to clients and vessel owners in addition to dealing with supervisors. Attention to detail and the ability to accurately describe and categorize information is helpful.
In most instances, prior experience in a related role is necessary; prospective employers generally looking for at least three years. Understanding the industry and all relevant statutory requirements is crucial to performing this job. Proficiency in writing and electronic communication is vital to properly and clearly explaining findings.