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Ship Engineers - 53-5031.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Supervise and coordinate activities of crew engaged in operating and maintaining engines, boilers, deck machinery, and electrical, sanitary, and refrigeration equipment aboard ship.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Engineer
  • Ferry Engineer
  • Port Engineer
  • Tug Boat Engineer
  • Barge Engineer
  • Harbor Engineer
  • Towboat Engineer
  • Harbor Tug Engineer
  • Inland Marine Towing Vessel Engineer

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Act as a liaison between a ship's captain and shore personnel to ensure that schedules and budgets are maintained and that the ship is operated safely and efficiently.
  • Clean engine parts and keep engine rooms clean.
  • Fabricate engine replacement parts, such as valves, stay rods, or bolts, using metalworking machinery.
  • Install engine controls, propeller shafts, or propellers.
  • Maintain complete records of engineering department activities, including machine operations.
  • Maintain electrical power, heating, ventilation, refrigeration, water, or sewerage systems.
  • Maintain or repair engines, electric motors, pumps, winches, or other mechanical or electrical equipment or assist other crew members with maintenance or repair duties.
  • Monitor and test operations of engines or other equipment so that malfunctions and their causes can be identified.
  • Monitor engine, machinery, or equipment indicators when vessels are underway and report abnormalities to appropriate shipboard staff.
  • Monitor the availability, use, or condition of lifesaving equipment or pollution preventatives to ensure that international regulations are followed.
  • Operate or maintain off-loading liquid pumps or valves.
  • Order and receive engine room stores, such as oil or spare parts, maintain inventories, and record usage of supplies.
  • Perform general marine vessel maintenance or repair work, such as repairing leaks, finishing interiors, refueling, or maintaining decks.
  • Perform or participate in emergency drills, as required.
  • Record orders for changes in ship speed or direction and note gauge readings or test data, such as revolutions per minute or voltage output, in engineering logs or bellbooks.
  • Start engines to propel ships and regulate engines and power transmissions to control speeds of ships, according to directions from captains or bridge computers.
  • Supervise the activities of marine engine technicians engaged in the maintenance or repair of mechanical or electrical marine vessels and inspect their work to ensure that it is performed properly.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Acquire supplies or equipment.
  • Clean facilities or work areas.
  • Clean machinery or equipment.
  • Communicate with others to coordinate vehicle movement.
  • Control pumps or pumping equipment.
  • Direct emergency management activities.
  • Direct maintenance or repair activities.
  • Install parts, assemblies, or attachments in transportation or material handling equipment.
  • Maintain watercraft engines or machinery.
  • Monitor availability of equipment or supplies.
  • Monitor engine operation or functioning.
  • Operate ships or other watercraft.
  • Record operational details of travel.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Report vehicle or equipment malfunctions.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Auxiliary Machinery Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Boiler Officer (1200 psi Steam System) (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Boiler Officer (General) (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Causeway Lighterage Engineer (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Afloat (Coast Guard - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Engineman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Engineman Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Gas Turbine System Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Gas Turbine Systems Technician Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Landing Craft Air Cushion Engineer (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinery Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Machinist's Mate (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinist's Mate (Nuclear) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinist's Mate (Submarine) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinist's Mate (Surface) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinist's Mate Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Main Propulsion Assistant (1200 psi Steam System) (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Main Propulsion Assistant (Diesel) (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Main Propulsion Assistant (Gas Turbine) (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Main Propulsion Assistant (General) (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Main Propulsion Assistant (Steam) (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Marine Engineering Officer (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Naval Engineering (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)
  • RL - Engineering Duty Officer - Ship Engineering (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • RL - Special Duty - Merchant Marine, Engineering (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • URL - Surface Warfare (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Watercraft Engineer (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Engineer