Marine Engineering

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What do they do?

Marine engineers run and maintain a ship's systems including the engines, pump and electrical equipment. They have knowledge of mechanical engineering, pneumatic and hydraulic machinery, electronic equipment, safety regulations and procedures, firefighting, first aid and port regulations.

A typical day

Usually shift work on the vessel but may be an eight-hour-day.

Marine engineers may fabricate, repair, maintain and diagnose machinery, maintain controls and alarms, maintain controls and alarm, maintain services at sea, supervise other crew and train them in routine and emergency duties.

Sound like you?

Study areas
  • Maths, Accounting or Economics
  • Sciences or Workshop Technology.
  • Confident communicator
  • Strong eye for detail
  • Reasonable strength and fitness
  • Good at problem solving/creative.
Helpful experience
  • Crewing in an engine room.
  • Working with machinery
  • Working with computers
  • Making or fixing things
Preferred work environments
  • Inside (workshop or plant)
  • Outside (marine)



NCEA Level 2 recommended in:

  • Maths
  • Science (Physics)
  • Technology (Metal Work)
  • English
Entry level jobs


  • Marine Engineer Class 5 and 6

Advancing jobs

  • Higher learning
  • Marine Engineer Class 3 and 4
Senior jobs
  • Electro-Technical Officer
  • Marine Chief Engineer Class 1 and 2


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