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Ship Mechanic/Engineer Job Description

A ship engineer is someone who designs, builds, tests and repairs inboard or outboard ship engines and their electrical and mechanical parts. A ship mechanic is someone who tests and repairs ship engines.

A ship mechanic/engineer should be responsible, analytical, methodical and accurate, and have strong mechanical aptitude and the ability to use a variety of technical tools to diagnose and solve ship engine and machinery problems. They should be reasonable fit and healthy, as they may work at heights and in confined spaces, and lift heavy objects.

What does a Ship Mechanic/Engineer do?

ship mechanics/engineers may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Ship mechanics/engineers may work normal business hours, but may also work overtime and irregular hours during emergencies. They work in workshops and in the engine rooms of ships, which can be hot and noisy. They usually travel and can be away from home for an extended period of time, as they are required to travel with the ship.

What is Required to Become a Ship Mechanic/Engineer?

To become a ship engineer, you will need to have a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering or a related discipline, while to become a ship mechanic you will need to obtain a certificate or diploma in marine technology or a related discipline from a maritime academy or learn the job under the supervision of an experienced mechanic.


Just to give you an idea, some of the classes that you’ll be taking in a maritime academy may include:

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Ship mechanics/engineers need to have:


Alternative Careers

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