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53-5031.00    Ship Engineers

    O*NET-SOC Title yes    1 match
    Alternate Occupation Titles yes    21 matches
    O*NET-SOC Description yes    1 match
    Tasks yes    11 matches
    Detailed Work Activities yes    2 matches


  • Ship Engineers

Alternate Occupation Titles

  • Engineer
  • Barge Engineer
  • Chief Engineer
  • Deck Engineer
  • Equipment Operating Engineer
  • Ferry Engineer
  • Fire Boat Engineer
  • Fire Department Marine Engineer
  • Harbor Engineer
  • Harbor Tug Engineer
  • Inland Marine Towing Vessel Engineer
  • Licensed Marine Engineer
  • Marine Engine Mechanic
  • Marine Engineer
  • Operating Engineer
  • Operating or Equipment Maintenance Marine Engineer
  • Port Engineer
  • Ship Engines Operating Engineer
  • Towboat Engineer
  • Tug Boat Engineer
  • Tugboat Engineer

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.


  • 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 or repair engines, electric motors, pumps, winches, or other mechanical or electrical equipment or assist other crew members with maintenance or repair duties.
  • Monitor engine, machinery, or equipment indicators when vessels are underway and report abnormalities to appropriate shipboard staff.
  • Monitor and test operations of engines or other equipment so that malfunctions and their causes can be identified.
  • Order and receive engine room stores, such as oil or spare parts, maintain inventories, and record usage of supplies.
  • 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

  • Maintain watercraft engines or machinery.
  • Monitor engine operation or functioning.