Ship Engineers

OCCUPATION DESCRIPTION

Supervise and coordinate activities of crew engaged in operating and maintaining engines, boilers, deck machinery, and electrical, sanitary, and refrigeration equipment aboard ship.

SKILLS & REQUIRED SKILL LEVELS
Core Skill Levels Required:
  • Critical Thinking: 3.75
  • Repairing: 3.75
  • Troubleshooting: 3.75
  • Operation Monitoring: 3.75
  • Equipment Maintenance: 3.62
  • Monitoring: 3.62
  • Operation and Control: 3.62
  • Active Listening: 3.5
  • Reading Comprehension: 3.38
  • Complex Problem Solving: 3.38
  • Time Management: 3.38
  • Coordination: 3.38
  • Judgment and Decision Making: 3.25
  • Quality Control Analysis: 3.25
  • Management of Personnel Resources: 3.25
Supplemental Skill Levels Required:
  • Speaking: 3.12
  • Active Learning: 3.12
  • Instructing: 3.12
  • Equipment Selection: 3
  • Systems Analysis: 3
  • Writing: 2.88
  • Systems Evaluation: 2.88
  • Social Perceptiveness: 2.75
  • Service Orientation: 2.62
  • Learning Strategies: 2.62
  • Science: 2.5
  • Mathematics: 2.38
  • Persuasion: 2.12
  • Installation: 2.12
  • Negotiation: 2
  • Management of Material Resources: 1.5
  • Operations Analysis: 1.25
  • Management of Financial Resources: 0.88
  • Programming: 0.75
  • Technology Design: 0.75
CORE TASKS
  • Monitor the availability, use, or condition of lifesaving equipment or pollution preventatives to ensure that international regulations are followed.
  • Monitor engine, machinery, or equipment indicators when vessels are underway, and report abnormalities to appropriate shipboard staff.
  • Maintain electrical power, heating, ventilation, refrigeration, water, or sewerage systems.
  • Record orders for changes in ship speed or direction, and note gauge readings or test data, such as revolutions per minute or voltage output, in engineering logs or bellbooks.
  • Perform or participate in emergency drills, as required.
  • Maintain complete records of engineering department activities, including machine operations.
  • Start engines to propel ships, and regulate engines and power transmissions to control speeds of ships, according to directions from captains or bridge computers.
  • Monitor and test operations of engines or other equipment so that malfunctions and their causes can be identified.
  • Maintain or repair engines, electric motors, pumps, winches, or other mechanical or electrical equipment, or assist other crew members with maintenance or repair duties.
  • Perform general marine vessel maintenance or repair work, such as repairing leaks, finishing interiors, refueling, or maintaining decks.
  • Operate or maintain off-loading liquid pumps or valves.
  • Clean engine parts and keep engine rooms clean.
  • Supervise marine engine technicians engaged in the maintenance or repair of mechanical or electrical marine vessels, and inspect their work to ensure that it is performed properly.
  • Order and receive engine room stores, such as oil or spare parts, maintain inventories, and record usage of supplies.
  • Install engine controls, propeller shafts, or propellers.

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