Marine Engineering

Jobs Connected with the Sea

Marine engineering technicians work in a practical way in jobs connected with the sea. Their work divides into three areas:

  • Ocean engineering or work on the seabed, such as looking for oil or laying pipelines.
  • Offshore engineering or working on the sea. This covers work on offshore platforms, ships and on ships' engines and equipment and also work with extraction equipment.
  • Onshore engineering on land, designing and manufacturing marine equipment and carrying out shipbuilding and repairs.

Marine Engineering Technicians

Marine engineering technicians usually work around 40 hours a week and work in a wide range of different environments. Some spend most of their time working at a desk, while others carry out practical jobs.

The starting salary for a newly-qualified marine engineering technician is around $30,000 a year, and could rise to about $50,000 for an experienced technician.
Marine engineering technicians need to:

  • be practical
  • understand detailed technical drawings
  • enjoy problem solving
  • have strong computer skills
  • be able to use different tools and equipment
  • be good team workers
  • be able to cope with periods at sea and abroad.

There are good openings for marine engineering technicians in the Navy, the Merchant Navy including the fishing industry, in shipbuilding and ship repair yards, or with plant and equipment manufacturers.

The usual entry route for young people is through an apprenticeship. Engineering technicians are employed in supervisory positions. There are good opportunities to work abroad. With further study and the right experience marine engineering technicians can become incorporated and chartered engineers.