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Marine/Port Engineer

Overview: Port engineers coordinate repairs and maintenance of the hull, mechanical and electronic equipment on board vessels. They obtain bids from contractors and maintain records of repair and supply costs for each vessel. They diagnose machinery failures and design maintenance programs.
Duties: They assess maintenance costs to assure safe and economical operation of a fleet of vessels. Inspect mechanical and electronic equipment to estimate present reliability status.

They prepare recommendations for present repairs needed and specifications for future preventative maintanance programs for the vessels. Submit work proposals to maintenance companies.

Negotiate repair and maintenance contracts with boat yards and dry dock maintenance firms. Prepare schedules for work to be done and oversee the performance of the maintenance firm.

Investigate accidents and malfunctions occurring during sailing or at the dock. They determine the causes of equipment malfunctions and future preventative steps.

Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment of marine/port engineers is expected to grow slower than the average through 2018. Openings are expected for marine/port engineers because of growth in employment, the need to replace workers who retire or take other jobs, and the limited number of students pursuing careers in this occupation.
Salary Range (National Average): $46,000 to $51,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree in marine engineering or mechanical engineering with a strong background in vessel design and maintenance engineering is the usual educational background required for this occupation. Courses in management, accounting and computer applications in data base management are important for advancement.
Recommended Skills:
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Identifying the most appropriate equipment and tools needed to get a job done.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Having a job where you can spend a significant amount of time outside.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.