Marine Engineers

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About the Job

Design, develop, and take responsibility for the installation of ship machinery and related equipment including propulsion machines and power supply systems.

It is also Called

  • Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)
  • Structural Designer
  • Ships Equipment Engineer
  • Ship Surveyor
  • Propulsion Machinery Service Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Port Engineer
  • Naval Marine Engineer
  • Naval Engineer
  • Marine Surveyor
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What They Do

  • Schedule machine overhauls and the servicing of electrical, heating, ventilation, refrigeration, water, and sewage systems.
  • Analyze data to determine feasibility of product proposals.
  • Review work requests and compare them with previous work completed on ships to ensure that costs are economically sound.
  • Conduct analytical, environmental, operational, or performance studies to develop designs for products, such as marine engines, equipment, and structures.
  • Determine conditions under which tests are to be conducted, as well as sequences and phases of test operations.
  • Confer with research personnel to clarify or resolve problems and to develop or modify designs.
  • Maintain and coordinate repair of marine machinery and equipment for installation on vessels.
  • Maintain contact with, and formulate reports for, contractors and clients to ensure completion of work at minimum cost.
  • Procure materials needed to repair marine equipment and machinery.
  • Prepare technical reports for use by engineering, management, or sales personnel.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IR.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Achievement and Recognition in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $86,480 with most people making between $64,380 and $121,070

Outlook

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During 2012, this occupation employed approximately 40 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 40 employed in 2022.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 0 replacement openings for approximately 0 total annual openings.



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