The Office of Career Services
Library Building, Room 429 & 430
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: (718) 631-6297
|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.|
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.