Profession ship assistant engineer

Ship assistant engineers assist the ship chief engineer and the ship duty engineer in the operations of the ship's hull. They support the operation of the main engines, steering mechanism, electrical generation and other major subsystems. They communicate with maritime engineers about the performance of technical operations. They also ensure appropriate safety and regulatory standards compliance and are able to take on higher level positions if needed.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • 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.

  • Engine components

    Know the different engine components, and their operation and maintenance. Understand when repairs and replacement should be undertaken.

  • Regulation on the discharge of raw materials into the sea

    Know environmental regulations for the discharge of raw materials into the sea; ensure the use of chemical disinfection and dechlorination to produce a clean and safe effluent suitable for discharging at sea.

  • 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.

  • Operation of different engines

    Know the characteristics, maintenance requirements and operating procedures of various kinds of engines such as gas, diesel, electrical, and engines with steam propulsion plants.

  • Principles of mechanical engineering

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

Skills

  • Use maritime English

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

  • Provide support in vessel machinery systems

    Provide support based on knowledge of maritime operations, vessel assurance, and machinery systems.

  • Operate diesel propulsion plants

    Operate diesel and gas turbine propulsion plants including related machinery, such as auxiliary boilers, auxiliary engines, incinerators, air compressors, fuel and fuel oil purifiers.

  • Manage ship electrical systems

    Operate and maintain the electrical components of ships and the electrical distribution system. Know the various load circuits in case of system malfunction. Repair electrical systems in the event of damage or malfunctioning.

  • 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.

  • Prepare engine room for operation

    Prepare and start main engine and auxiliary engines; prepare machinery in engine room prior to departure; know and follow starting procedures according to checklist.

  • 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.

  • Manage vessel engines and systems

    Manage main engines (steam, gas or diesel), refrigeration systems, and any other equipment in the vessel's engine system.

  • Moor vessels

    Follow standard procedures to moor vessels. Manage communication between the ship and the shore.

  • Operate fire extinguishers

    Understand the operation of fire extinguishing equipment and fire extinguishing techniques.

  • Perform routine lube oil tests

    Conduct routine tests of lubrication oils in engineering systems and water separation systems.

  • Perform bunkering

    Perform bunkering, the process of supplying fuels to ships for their own use. Ensure sufficient amounts of fuel for the duration of the journeys.

  • Use different types of fire extinguishers

    Understand and apply various methods of firefighting and various types and classes of fire extinguishing equipment.

  • Unmoor vessels

    Follow standard procedures to unmoor vessels. Manage communication between the ship and the shore.

  • 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.

  • Perform routine maintenance of ship engines

    Perform routine maintenance tasks on all ship engine systems; monitor engines to ensure they function within standard operating parameters.

  • Help prepare lifeboats

    Assist sailors in preparing lifeboats for the journey and provide engineering knowledge for the maintenance and repair of lifeboats.

  • Operate sewage treatment plans on ships

    Operate sewage treatment plants in ships, oversee plant maintenance, understand the mechanical functioning of the machine and comply with regulatory mandates of materials discharge to the sea.

  • Manage on-board water systems

    Operate and maintain on-board water-cooled engineering systems.

Optional knowledge and skills

apply vessel engine regulations use mathematical tools and equipment maritime transportation technology advise on maritime subjects detect malfunctions in engines international maritime organisation conventions physics act reliably

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