Marine Engineer

Laura Vazquez, Period 1

Career Details:

  • Design, develop, and take responsibility for the installation of ship machinery and related equipment including propulsion machines and power supply systems.
  • 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.
  • Conduct analytical, environmental, operational, or performance studies to develop designs for products, such as marine engines, equipment, and structures.
  • Design and oversee testing, installation, and repair of marine apparatus and equipment.
  • They typically work in both offshore and on land.
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects Job Description


10th Percentile - $50,640

25th Percentile - $60,560

Average Annual Salary - $73,060

Annual Salary Median - $69,490

75th Percentile - $79,210

90th Percentile - $95,710


10th Percentile - $24.35

25th Percentile - $29.12

Average Hourly Pay - $35.13

Hourly Pay Median - $33.41

75th Percentile - $38.08

90th Percentile - $46.02

Education Needed

Entry-level jobs in marine engineering require a bachelor's degree. Programs that lead to a bachelor's degree in engineering typically include courses in calculus, physics, and computer-aided design. Courses specific to marine engineering and naval architecture include mechanics, ship hull strength, and mechanics of materials.

Skills Required:

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

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.

Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Job Outlook/Growth

Projected growth (2010-2020) Average (17% )

Advancement Opportunities or Related Jobs

  • Marine engineers may advance to become technical specialists or to supervise a team of engineers, technicians, and engineering managers.
  • Construction Managers
  • Logistics Engineers
  • Civil Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Environmental Engineers
  • Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Energy Engineers
  • Manufacturing Engineers
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technologists