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Marine Engineers and Naval Architects

Design, develop, and evaluate the operation of marine vessels, ship machinery, and related equipment, such as power supply and propulsion systems.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Design complete hull and superstructure according to specifications and test data, in conformity with standards of safety, efficiency, and economy.
    • Supervise other engineers and crew members and train them for routine and emergency duties.
    • Study design proposals and specifications to establish basic characteristics of craft, such as size, weight, speed, propulsion, displacement, and draft.
    • Perform monitoring activities to ensure that ships comply with international regulations and standards for life-saving equipment and pollution preventatives.
    • Oversee construction and testing of prototype in model basin and develop sectional and waterline curves of hull to establish center of gravity, ideal hull form, and buoyancy and stability data.
    • Evaluate performance of craft during dock and sea trials to determine design changes and conformance with national and international standards.
    • Prepare plans, estimates, design and construction schedules, and contract specifications, including any special provisions.
    • Check, test, and maintain automatic controls and alarm systems.
    • Design layout of craft interior, including cargo space, passenger compartments, ladder wells, and elevators.
    • Evaluate operation of marine equipment during acceptance testing and shakedown cruises.
    • Act as liaisons between ships' captains and shore personnel to ensure that schedules and budgets are maintained, and that ships are operated safely and efficiently.
    • Conduct environmental, operational, or performance tests on marine machinery and equipment.
    • Prepare, or direct the preparation of, product or system layouts and detailed drawings and schematics.
    • Inspect marine equipment and machinery to draw up work requests and job specifications.
    • Maintain records of engineering department activities, including expense records and details of equipment maintenance and repairs.
    • Investigate and observe tests on machinery and equipment for compliance with standards.
    • Coordinate activities with regulatory bodies to ensure repairs and alterations are at minimum cost and consistent with safety.
    • Prepare technical reports for use by engineering, management, or sales personnel.
    • Design and oversee testing, installation, and repair of marine apparatus and equipment.
    • Schedule machine overhauls and the servicing of electrical, heating, ventilation, refrigeration, water, and sewage systems.
    • Procure materials needed to repair marine equipment and machinery.
    • Maintain contact with, and formulate reports for, contractors and clients to ensure completion of work at minimum cost.
    • Maintain and coordinate repair of marine machinery and equipment for installation on vessels.
    • Confer with research personnel to clarify or resolve problems and to develop or modify designs.
    • Determine conditions under which tests are to be conducted, as well as sequences and phases of test operations.
    • Conduct analytical, environmental, operational, or performance studies to develop designs for products, such as marine engines, equipment, and structures.
    • Review work requests and compare them with previous work completed on ships to ensure that costs are economically sound.
    • Analyze data to determine feasibility of product proposals.

    Skills

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    7
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge

    • Engineering and Technology

      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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    Pay

    • US Annual Salary 95440/yr
    • US Typical Salary
    • US Hourly Wage 45.89/hr
    • US Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed Not Available
    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available

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    Personality

    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Initiative
    • Dependability
    • Achievement/Effort

    Tools

    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    • Microcontrollers
    • Hard hats
    • Desktop computers

    Technology

    • Spreadsheet software
    • Project management software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software
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