Marine / Aviation

Marine Engineer

Marine engineers are responsible for the design, development and installation of ship / vessel machinery and related equipment including propulsion machines and power supply systems. Marine Engineers are also involved in the design, building, testing and repair of boats, ships, remotely operated vehicles, and can also support offshore platforms and drilling rigs.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Designs and oversees testing, installation, and repair of marine apparatus and equipment
  • Conducts analytical, environmental, operational, or performance studies in order to develop designs for products, such as marine engines, equipment, and structures
  • Evaluates operation of marine equipment during acceptance testing
  • Coordinates activities with regulatory bodies in order to ensure repairs and alterations are consistent with safety standards and procedures
  • Performs monitoring activities in order to ensure that ships / vessels comply with international regulations and standards for life saving equipment and pollution prevention
  • Plans and oversees the building and commissioning of marine projects
  • Examines the reliability and integrity of vessels and offshore installations looking at their sea worthiness, safety and maintenance
  • Manages all planned maintenance tasks and also unscheduled repairs that may be required on marine plant and machinery
  • Schedules machine overhauls and the servicing of electrical, heating, ventilation, refrigeration, water, and sewage systems
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times

In the industry

Marine Engineers provide a specialised skill set to the Oil and Gas Industry no matter which discipline the individual specialises in (dynamic positioning, shipping/ vessels, design, Floating Production Storage Offshore (FPSO). This knowledge is vital to the industry to ensure that industry and company technical standards are met and excellence is sought at every opportunity. They are normally employed by specialist major vessel operating companies, marine contractors or supply vessel operators.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Managing people
  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Analysing
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • IT
  • Numerical
  • Practical
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • BTEC HNC/HND or degree in an engineering or marine related subject
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Good IT skills
  • Good organisation and administration skills

Employers might also look for:

  • Formal Apprenticeship / Training as an engineering officer with the Merchant Navy or Royal Navy