Marine Engineers control and manage the operation and maintenance of ship's plants and equipment.

Specialisations: Mechanical Engineering Officer (Navy), Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer (Navy).

A formal qualification in maritime operations (marine engine driver) is needed to work as a Marine Engineer. Marine Engineers often complete a diploma or advanced diploma.

Tasks

  • Plans, controls and co-ordinates the operational and maintenance requirements of a ship's propulsion and domestic plant and equipment.
  • Operates plant and equipment and performs routine maintenance on ship's systems including mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, steam generating, and fire prevention and control systems.

All Marine Transport Professionals

  • $2,123 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Marine Engineers

  • 1,900 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 57 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Marine Engineers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 2,000 in 2011 to 1,900 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Marine Engineers work in many parts of Australia. Queensland and Western Australia have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Public Administration and Safety; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (93%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 57 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 2% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Transport, Postal and Warehousing50.6
Public Administration and Safety16.4
Manufacturing8.7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6.6
Other Industries17.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateMarine EngineersAll Jobs Average
NSW25.931.6
VIC12.125.6
QLD26.220.0
SA7.37.0
WA19.310.8
TAS5.12.0
NT3.01.0
ACT1.11.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMarine EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.6-5.05.0
20-243.7-9.39.3
25-3418.7-22.922.9
35-4426.2-22.022.0
45-5424.7-21.621.6
55-5912.9-9.09.0
60-647.8-6.06.0
65 and Over5.4-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationMarine EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate4.7-10.110.1
Bachelor degree20.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma40.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV30.3-21.121.1
Year 122.8-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.8-12.512.5

A formal qualification in maritime operations (marine engine driver) is needed to work as a Marine Engineer. Marine Engineers often complete a diploma or advanced diploma.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • certificate of competency
  • fitness test

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Maritime VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Marine Transport Professionals who work well in a team, can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people and are reliable.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    82% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Engineering and Technology

    63% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  3. Administration and Management

    63% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  4. Transportation

    56% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  5. Customer and Personal Service

    55% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    99% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

  2. Exposed to Contaminants

    97% Important

    How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

  3. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

    97% Important

    How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

  4. Freedom to Make Decisions

    95% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

  5. Very Hot or Cold Temperatures

    94% Important

    How often do you work in very hot or very cold temperatures (above 32 or below 0 degrees Celsius)?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 53-5031.00 - Ship Engineers.

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