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Working As A Marine Engineer

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $150,783

    Average Salary

What Does A Marine Engineer Do

Stationary engineers and boiler operators control stationary engines, boilers, or other mechanical equipment to provide utilities for buildings or for industrial purposes.

Duties

Stationary engineers and boiler operators typically do the following:

  • Operate engines, boilers, and auxiliary equipment
  • Read gauges, meters, and charts to track boiler operations
  • Monitor boiler water, chemical, and fuel levels
  • Activate valves to change the amount of water, air, and fuel in boilers
  • Fire coal furnaces or feed boilers, using gas feeds or oil pumps
  • Inspect equipment to ensure that it is operating efficiently
  • Check safety devices routinely
  • Record data and keep logs of operation, maintenance, and safety activity

Most large office buildings, malls, warehouses, and other commercial facilities have extensive heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems that maintain comfortable temperatures all year long. Industrial plants often have additional facilities to provide electrical power, steam, or other services. Stationary engineers and boiler operators control and maintain these systems, which include boilers, air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment, turbines, generators, pumps, and compressors.

Stationary engineers and boiler operators start up, regulate, repair, and shut down equipment. They monitor meters, gauges, and computerized controls to ensure that equipment operates safely and within established limits. They use sophisticated electrical and electronic test equipment to service, troubleshoot, repair, and monitor heating, cooling, and ventilation systems.

Stationary engineers and boiler operators also perform routine maintenance. They may completely overhaul or replace defective valves, gaskets, or bearings. In addition, stationary engineers and boiler operators lubricate moving parts, replace filters, and remove soot and corrosion that can make a boiler less efficient.

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How To Become A Marine Engineer

Stationary engineers and boiler operators need at least a high school diploma and are trained on the job by more experienced engineers and operators. Many employers require stationary engineers and boiler operators to demonstrate competency through licenses or company-specific exams before they are allowed to operate equipment without supervision.

Education

Stationary engineers and boiler operators need at least a high school diploma. Students should take courses in math, science, and mechanical and technical subjects.

With the growing complexity of the work, vocational school or college courses may benefit workers trying to advance in the occupation.

Training

Stationary engineers and boiler operators typically learn their work through long-term on-the-job training under the supervision of an experienced engineer or operator. Trainees are assigned basic tasks, such as monitoring the temperatures and pressures in the heating and cooling systems and low-pressure boilers. After they demonstrate competence in basic tasks, trainees move on to more complicated tasks, such as the repair of cracks or ruptured tubes for high-pressure boilers.

Some stationary engineers and boiler operators complete apprenticeship programs sponsored by the International Union of Operating Engineers. Apprenticeships usually last 4 years, include 8,000 hours of on-the-job training, and require 600 hours of technical instruction. Apprentices learn about operating and maintaining equipment; using controls and balancing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; safety; electricity; and air quality. Employers may prefer to hire these workers because they usually require considerably less on-the-job training. However, because of the limited number of apprenticeship programs, employers often have difficulty finding workers who have completed one. 

Experienced stationary engineers and boiler operators update their skills regularly through training, especially when new equipment is introduced or when regulations change.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some state and local governments require licensure for stationary engineers and boiler operators. These governments typically have several classes of stationary engineer and boiler operator licenses. Each class specifies the type and size of equipment the engineer is permitted to operate without supervision. Many employers require stationary engineers and boiler operators to demonstrate competency through licenses or company-specific exams before they are allowed to operate the equipment without supervision.

A top-level engineer or operator is qualified to run a large facility, supervise others, and operate equipment of all types and capacities. Engineers and operators with licenses below this level are limited in the types or capacities of equipment they may operate without supervision.

Applicants for licensure usually must be at least 18 years of age, meet experience requirements, and pass a written exam. In some cases, employers may require that workers be licensed before starting the job. A stationary engineer or boiler operator who moves from one state or city to another may have to pass an examination for a new license because of regional differences in licensing requirements.

Advancement

Generally, stationary engineers and boiler operators can advance as they become qualified to operate larger, more powerful, and more varied equipment by obtaining higher class licenses. In jurisdictions where licenses are not required, workers usually advance by taking company-administered exams, ensuring a level of knowledge needed to operate different types of boilers safely.

Important Qualities 

Detail oriented. Stationary engineers and boiler operators monitor intricate machinery, gauges, and meters to ensure that everything is operating properly.

Dexterity. Stationary engineers and boiler operators must use precise motions to control or repair machines. They grasp tools and use their hands to perform many tasks.

Mechanical skills. Stationary engineers and boiler operators must know how to use tools and work with machines. They must be able to repair, maintain, and operate equipment.

Problem-solving skills. Stationary engineers and boiler operators must figure out how things work and quickly solve problems that arise with equipment or controls.

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Marine Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

90.3%

Female

6.4%

Unknown

3.3%
Ethnicity

White

74.4%

Asian

11.0%

Hispanic or Latino

8.6%

Unknown

5.0%

Black or African American

1.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.6%

Carrier

21.4%

Arabic

14.3%

Russian

7.1%

Bengali

7.1%

Urdu

7.1%

Polish

7.1%

Hindi

7.1%
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Marine Engineer Education

Schools

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

17.5%

Maine Maritime Academy

15.5%

United States Merchant Marine Academy

10.7%

California Maritime Academy

7.8%

The Academy

7.8%

University of Phoenix

3.9%

Texas A&M University

3.9%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

3.9%

State University of New York Maritime College

3.9%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

2.9%

Northeastern University

2.9%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2.9%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

2.9%

University of Connecticut

1.9%

University of Alabama

1.9%

National University

1.9%

Broward College

1.9%

East Carolina University

1.9%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

1.9%

Delgado Community College

1.9%
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Majors

Marine Engineering

25.0%

Mechanical Engineering

15.5%

Engineering

12.9%

Business

8.3%

Civil Engineering

4.9%

Electrical Engineering

4.2%

Management

3.4%

Ocean Engineering

3.4%

Automotive Technology

2.7%

Finance

2.3%

Project Management

2.3%

Engineering Technology

1.9%

Marketing

1.9%

Computer Science

1.9%

Industrial Technology

1.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.9%

Systems Engineering

1.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.5%

Industrial Engineering

1.5%

Maritime Studies

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.0%

Other

23.8%

Masters

19.5%

Associate

8.8%

Certificate

5.4%

Diploma

2.0%

Doctorate

1.7%

License

0.8%
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Real Marine Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects Intecsea, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 30, 2014 $161,000
Marine Engineer-Rig Delivery Engineer BP America Inc. Houston, TX Aug 01, 2014 $158,600
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects GL Noble Denton, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 26, 2014 $150,000
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 13, 2014 $139,056
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects GL Noble Denton, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 23, 2014 $135,000
Manager, Marine Engineering Dockwise Engineering Services, LLC Houston, TX Apr 23, 2013 $135,000
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects Braemar Technical Services, Inc. Houston, TX May 13, 2013 $130,000
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects EMAS-AMC Inc. Houston, TX Feb 20, 2013 $130,000
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects Modec International, LLC Houston, TX Jul 16, 2014 $127,150 -
$155,422
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects Houston Offshore Engineering, LLC Houston, TX Sep 10, 2014 $127,150
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects DET Norske Veritas (U.S.A.), Inc. Katy, TX Mar 11, 2013 $126,298
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects 2H Offshore Inc. Houston, TX Jan 22, 2013 $126,298
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects 2H Offshore Inc. Houston, TX Sep 09, 2013 $126,298
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects V Ships USA, LLC Beverly, MA Apr 02, 2014 $125,000
Senior Marine Engineer Ocean Dynamics LLC Houston, TX Feb 17, 2016 $97,750
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects Sofec, Inc. Houston, TX Dec 23, 2013 $97,261 -
$110,000
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects FMC Technologies Houston, TX Nov 04, 2013 $97,261
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects SBM Atlantia, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 20, 2013 $97,261
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects American Bureau of Shipping Houston, TX Jan 03, 2013 $97,261
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects Sofec, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 10, 2013 $97,261 -
$110,000
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects Sofec, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 04, 2013 $97,261 -
$110,000
Marine Engineer North American Shipbuilding, LLC Larose, LA Jul 01, 2014 $83,949
Marine Engineer Misakee Marine LLC. Houston, TX Aug 10, 2014 $83,480
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 03, 2013 $81,000
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects DET Norske Veritas (U.S.A.), Inc. Sunrise, FL Feb 28, 2014 $80,500 -
$107,000
Marine Engineer Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers of Texas, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 15, 2015 $80,308
Marine Engineer Cotec Inc. Houston, TX Sep 30, 2015 $80,038
Marine Engineer Cotec Inc. Houston, TX Sep 29, 2015 $80,038
Marine Engineer Technology Associates, Inc. New Orleans, LA Nov 30, 2016 $80,000 -
$85,000

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Top Skills for A Marine Engineer

EngineRoomEquipmentDieselEnginesSafetyEquipmentPumpsDieselGeneratorsEngineeringDepartmentBoardShipsCargoDeckMachineryMaritimeCoastGuardEmergencyDrillsContainerVesselsHydraulicSystemsHvacUscgElectricalSystemsPreventiveSparePartsControlSystems

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  1. Engine Room Equipment
  2. Diesel Engines
  3. Safety Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed preventive maintenance and repair on all engine room equipment, mechanical and electrical operating systems.
  • Experienced in the field of Caterpillar, Detroit Diesel, and Motor Turbine Unit diesel engines.
  • Serviced and repaired fire pumps and safety equipment.
  • Specialized in preventative maintenance of pumps, engines, gears, and deck machinery.
  • Inspected and repaired marine diesel generators to ensure operation was held to manufacture' tech pub specs.

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