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

  • Principles of mechanical engineering

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Electronics principles

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

  • Physical parts of the vessel

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

  • 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.

Skills

  • Use maritime English

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

  • Maintain voyage logs

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

  • Repair vessel electrical systems

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

  • Analyse work-related written reports

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Repair vessel mechanical systems

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

  • 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.

  • Communicate verbal instructions

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

  • Operate mechanical equipment of ships

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

  • Carry out navigational calculations

    Solve mathematical problems to achieve safe navigation.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

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

Common job titles

  • Chief engineer
  • 3rd assistant engineer
  • Ngen, chief engineer
  • First assistant engineer
  • Cruise ship first engineer
  • Chief engineer - honolulu, hi
  • Marine chief engineer per diem
  • Assistant engineer