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 :
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.
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.
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
practical, methodical and adaptable
accurate, with an eye for detail
confident decision-makers who remain calm in emergencies
good at maths and physics.
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.