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

    Work Activities
    • Start engines to propel ships and regulate engines and power transmissions to control speeds of ships, according to directions from captains or bridge computers.
    • 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 or participate in emergency drills, as required.
    • Monitor engine, machinery, or equipment indicators when vessels are underway and report abnormalities to appropriate shipboard staff.
    • Maintain complete records of engineering department activities, including machine operations.
    • Perform general marine vessel maintenance or repair work, such as repairing leaks, finishing interiors, refueling, or maintaining decks.
    • Maintain electrical power, heating, ventilation, refrigeration, water, or sewerage systems.
    • Monitor and test operations of engines or other equipment so that malfunctions and their causes can be identified.
    • Monitor the availability, use, or condition of lifesaving equipment or pollution preventatives to ensure that international regulations are followed.
    • Install engine controls, propeller shafts, or propellers.
    • 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.
    • Clean engine parts and keep engine rooms clean.
    • Operate or maintain off-loading liquid pumps or valves.
    • Supervise the activities of 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.
    • Fabricate engine replacement parts, such as valves, stay rods, or bolts, using metalworking machinery.
    • Act as a liaison between a ship's captain and shore personnel to ensure that schedules and budgets are maintained and that the ship is operated safely and efficiently.
    Skills
    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Operation Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    Knowledge
    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • Engineering and Technology

      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

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    Pay
    • US Annual Salary $71,130/yr
    • US Typical Salary
    • US Hourly Wage $34.20/hr
    • US Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
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    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Attention to Detail
    • Independence
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    Tools
    • Tinners snips
    • Screwdrivers
    • Punches or nail sets or drifts
    • Mallets
    • Cold chisels
    Technology
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Facilities management software
    • Document management software
    • Data base user interface and query software