Profession marine chief engineer

Marine chief engineers are responsible for the entire technical operations of the vessel including engineering, electrical, and mechanical divisions. They are the head of the entire engine department aboard the ship. They have overall responsibility for all technical operations and equipment on-board the ship. Marine chief engineers collaborate on security, survival and health care on board, observe the national and international standards of application.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Physical parts of the vessel

    Detailed knowledge of the different physical components of the vessel. Provide maintenance and care to ensure optimal operations.

  • Principles of mechanical engineering

    Understand principles of mechanical engineering, physics, and materials science.

  • Electronics

    The functioning of electronic circuit boards, processors, chips, and computer hardware and software, including programming and applications. Apply this knowledge to ensure electronic equipment runs smoothly.

  • International regulations for preventing collisions at sea

    Fundamental aspects of the international regulations to prevent collisions at sea, such as the conduct of vessels in sight of one another, navigation lights and markers, major light and accoustic signals, maritime signalling and buoys.

  • Electronics principles

    The study of electric energy, more specifically electron, control and its prominent principles regarding integrated circuits and electrical systems.

  • International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships

    The fundamental principals and requirements laid in the International Regulation for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL): Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution by Oil, Regulations for the Control of Pollution by Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk, prevention of Pollution by Harmful Substances Carried by Sea in Packaged Form, Prevention of Pollution by Sewage from Ships, Prevention of Pollution by Garbage from Ships, Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships.

  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System

    The internationally agreed-upon set of safety procedures, types of equipment and communication protocols used to increase safety and make it easier to rescue distressed ships, boats and aircraft.

  • Mechanical tools

    Understand machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • Electrical systems used in transportation

    Understand the functioning of electrical systems, their specifications, and application in operations and systems for the transportation of freight and people.

Skills

  • Manage staff

    Manage employees and subordinates, working in a team or individually, to maximise their performance and contribution. Schedule their work and activities, give instructions, motivate and direct the workers to meet the company objectives. Monitor and measure how an employee undertakes their responsibilities and how well these activities are executed. Identify areas for improvement and make suggestions to achieve this. Lead a group of people to help them achieve goals and maintain an effective working relationship among staff.

  • Repair vessel electrical systems

    Execute on board repairs of vessel electrical systems. Resolve malfunctions without affecting the course of the journey.

  • Repair vessel mechanical systems

    Repair mechanical systems of vessels while on-board. Ensure that vessel malfunctions are repaired without affecting the voyage in progress.

  • Operate vessel engine room

    Operate and maintain the engine room of vessels. Operate the main engine room where the engine and propulsion machinery are located.

  • Conduct financial audits

    Evaluate and monitor the financial health, the operations and financial movements expressed in the financial statements of the company. Revise the financial records to ensure stewardship and governability.

  • Perform quality audits

    Execute regular, systematic and documented examinations of a quality system for verifying conformity with a standard based on objective evidence such as the implementation of processes, effectiveness in achieving quality goals and reduction and elimination of quality problems.

  • Use maritime English

    Communicate in English employing language used in actual situations on board ships, in ports and elsewhere in the shipping chain.

  • Communicate verbal instructions

    Communicate transparent instructions. Ensure that messages are understood and followed correctly.

  • Maintain vessel inventory

    Keep an up-to-date inventory for a vessel, including information on spare components, oil and fuel. Determine the amount of fuel that will be needed for a voyage; ensure that sufficient amounts of fuel are on board at all times.

  • Analyse work-related written reports

    Read and comprehend job-related reports, analyse the content of reports and apply findings to daily work operations.

  • Carry out navigational calculations

    Solve mathematical problems to achieve safe navigation.

  • Operate mechanical equipment of ships

    Operate mechanical equipment on vessels; communicate with engineers if failures occur or should repairs be required during a voyage.

  • Maintain voyage logs

    Maintain a written records of events during a ship or aeroplane voyage.

  • Maintain vessel engine room

    Maintain the engines and engine room equipment of a vessel. Conduct pre-checks prior to departure and ongoing examinations during the voyage.

Optional knowledge and skills

operate ship propulsion system mechanics extinguish fires coordinate fire fighting approve engineering design fire-fighting systems operate marine machinery systems adjust engineering designs mathematics maintain safe engineering watches manage engine-room resources maintain shipboard machinery lead a team in fishery services prevent fires on board risks associated with undertaking fishing operations engineering principles follow ethical code of conduct in transport services ensure compliance with environmental legislation pollution at sea prevention operate control systems execute analytical mathematical calculations manage safety standards for maritime water transport have computer literacy operate ship rescue machinery pollution prevention operate pumping systems ship related legislative requirements supervise crew mechanical engineering manage the operation of propulsion plant machinery perform small vessel safety procedures engineering processes ensure vessel compliance with regulations provide training mechanics of vessels operate life-saving appliances apply transportation management concepts fishing vessels maintain electrical equipment maintain electronic equipment manage ship emergency plans act reliably perform small vessel safety measures swim