Marine Engineer
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
21d ago

Pay for marine engineers varies depending on their experience, qualifications, and the size and type of vessel they work on.

  • New marine engineers usually earn between $60,000 and $80,000 a year.
  • Marine engineers with more than five years' experience usually earn between $80,000 and $180,000.
  • Source : International Maritime Institute of New Zealand, 2017.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Marine engineers may do some or all of the following :

  • diagnose engine and machinery problems, and carry out maintenance and repairs
  • order and receive fuel and lubricating oils and spare parts
  • perform specialised fabrication, maintenance and diagnostics or electrical-fitting tasks
  • check, test and maintain automatic controls and alarm systems.
  • Marine engineers at sea may also :

  • have charge of engines and mechanical, electrical and electronic equipment on board the ship
  • keep ships moving at required speeds according to orders from the captain or computers on the bridge
  • maintain services to electrical power, heating, ventilation, refrigeration, water and sewerage systems
  • supervise other engineers and crew members, and be responsible for training them in routine and emergency duties.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Marine engineers need to have knowledge of :

  • mechanical engineering
  • pneumatic and hydraulic machinery (operated with pressure caused by air or liquids)
  • how to operate and fix electronic and electrical equipment
  • safety regulations and procedures
  • firefighting, first aid and survival skills
  • home and foreign port regulations.
  • Marine engineers :

  • usually work shifts and can be on call
  • work on ships often in engine rooms in dry docks or at sea
  • work in all weather conditions, and in conditions that can be hot and noisy
  • may travel within New Zealand waters or overseas.
  • Entry requirements

    To become a marine engineer, you need to have an appropriate Marine Engineer Class Certificate of Competency. This includes :

  • at least 200 hours at sea
  • engineering training approved by Maritime New Zealand
  • an eyesight test
  • being able to prove you are of good character, including a New Zealand Police Vet Check.
  • Certificates of Competency start at Marine Engineer Class 6 (Level 4) for the smallest vessels.

    Classes 6, 5 and 4 are for work within New Zealand. Classes 3, 2 and 1 are for international work.

    If you have a National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 4) or equivalent, this can reduce your qualifying time to become a Maritime Engineer Class 3, 4 or 5.

    The Royal New Zealand Navy also offers training for marine engineers.

    Secondary education

    No specific secondary education is required for this job, but maths, physics and technology to at least NCEA Level 2 are useful.

    Marine engineers need to be :
  • responsible
  • responsible
  • practical, methodical and adaptable
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • excellent problem-solvers
  • confident decision-makers who remain calm in emergencies
  • good communicators
  • good at maths and physics.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for marine engineers includes :

  • other engineering work
  • work with pneumatic or hydraulic machinery (operated with air or liquid pressure)
  • welding, electrical or electronics work
  • Marine engineers need :

  • to be reasonably fit and healthy because they may have to work at heights or in confined spaces, and lift heavy objects
  • good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses)
  • normal colour vision.
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