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Marine Engineers

ANZSCO ID 231212

Overview

All Marine Transport Professionals

  • $2,123 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

Marine Engineers

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

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).

You need a certificate III or IV in maritime operations (marine engineering) to work as a Marine Engineer. Some workers have 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.

Prospects

Pathways

You need a certificate III or IV in maritime operations (marine engineering) to work as a Marine Engineer. Some workers have a diploma or advanced diploma.

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

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Maritime VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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

    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.

  6. Chemistry

    52% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  7. Mathematics

    52% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  8. Computers and electronics

    50% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  9. Physics

    49% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  10. Public safety and security

    49% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  11. Education and training

    48% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  12. Clerical

    45% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  13. Law and government

    45% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  14. Technical design

    44% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  15. English language

    41% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  16. Building and construction

    39% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  17. Telecommunications

    37% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  18. Geography

    36% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  19. Medicine and dentistry

    30% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  20. Economics and accounting

    19% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    54% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  2. Operation monitoring

    54% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  3. Troubleshooting

    54% Skill level

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  4. Repairing

    54% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  5. Equipment maintenance

    52% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  6. Operation and control

    52% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  7. Monitoring

    52% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  8. Active listening

    50% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  9. Complex problem solving

    48% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  10. Reading comprehension

    48% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  11. Coordination with others

    48% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  12. Time management

    48% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  13. Judgment and decision making

    46% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  14. Management of personnel resources

    46% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  15. Quality control analysis

    46% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  16. Speaking

    45% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  17. Active learning

    45% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  18. Equipment selection

    43% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  19. Systems analysis

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  20. Writing

    41% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    59% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Problem spotting

    59% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  3. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  4. Written comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  5. Control precision

    55% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  6. Near vision

    55% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  7. Inductive reasoning

    55% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  8. Selective attention

    55% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  9. Deductive reasoning

    54% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  10. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  11. Visualization

    52% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  12. Extent flexibility

    50% Skill level

    Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  13. Auditory attention

    48% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  14. Arm-hand steadiness

    46% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  15. Finger dexterity

    46% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  16. Manual dexterity

    46% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  17. Multilimb coordination

    46% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  18. Perceptual speed

    46% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  19. Speech clarity

    46% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  20. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Working with mechanical equipment

    84% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  2. Handling and moving objects

    83% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  3. Doing physically active work

    73% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  4. Controlling equipment or machines

    69% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  5. Monitoring people, processes and things

    67% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  6. Making decisions and solving problems

    63% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  7. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    62% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  8. Communicating within a team

    61% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  9. Checking for errors or defects

    61% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  10. Driving vehicles or equipment

    59% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  11. Working with electronic equipment

    59% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.

  12. Thinking creatively

    57% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  13. Planning and prioritising work

    57% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  14. Assessing and evaluating things

    53% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  15. Documenting or recording information

    53% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  16. Looking for changes over time

    51% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  17. Researching and investigating

    50% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  18. Checking compliance with standards

    46% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    43% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  20. Explaining things to people

    41% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
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.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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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

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  2. Exposure to contaminants

    97% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  3. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    97% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    95% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Very hot or cold temperatures

    94% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  6. Contact with people

    93% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  7. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  8. Dangerous equipment

    91% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  9. Unstructured work

    91% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  10. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    90% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  11. Indoors, not heat controlled

    87% Important

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

  12. Dangerous conditions

    86% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  13. Teamwork

    83% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  14. Time pressure

    81% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  15. Consequence of error

    80% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  16. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    79% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  17. Electronic mail

    79% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  18. Cramped work space

    78% Important

    Work in an awkward position or in cramped work spaces.

  19. Health and safety of others

    77% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  20. Physically close to people

    77% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Independence

    71% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  2. Relationships

    71% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Support

    71% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  4. Achievement

    67% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  5. Recognition

    67% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  6. Working conditions

    60% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    100% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    76% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Enterprising

    71% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  4. Analytical

    43% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  5. Helping

    29% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
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.

All Marine Transport Professionals

  • $2,123 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

Marine Engineers

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

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).

You need a certificate III or IV in maritime operations (marine engineering) to work as a Marine Engineer. Some workers have 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.

You need a certificate III or IV in maritime operations (marine engineering) to work as a Marine Engineer. Some workers have a diploma or advanced diploma.

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

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Maritime VET training pathways.

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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

    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.

  6. Chemistry

    52% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  7. Mathematics

    52% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  8. Computers and electronics

    50% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  9. Physics

    49% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  10. Public safety and security

    49% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  11. Education and training

    48% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  12. Clerical

    45% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  13. Law and government

    45% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  14. Technical design

    44% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  15. English language

    41% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  16. Building and construction

    39% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  17. Telecommunications

    37% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  18. Geography

    36% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  19. Medicine and dentistry

    30% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  20. Economics and accounting

    19% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    54% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  2. Operation monitoring

    54% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  3. Troubleshooting

    54% Skill level

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  4. Repairing

    54% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  5. Equipment maintenance

    52% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  6. Operation and control

    52% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  7. Monitoring

    52% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  8. Active listening

    50% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  9. Complex problem solving

    48% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  10. Reading comprehension

    48% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  11. Coordination with others

    48% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  12. Time management

    48% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  13. Judgment and decision making

    46% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  14. Management of personnel resources

    46% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  15. Quality control analysis

    46% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  16. Speaking

    45% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  17. Active learning

    45% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  18. Equipment selection

    43% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  19. Systems analysis

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  20. Writing

    41% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    59% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Problem spotting

    59% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  3. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  4. Written comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  5. Control precision

    55% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  6. Near vision

    55% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  7. Inductive reasoning

    55% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  8. Selective attention

    55% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  9. Deductive reasoning

    54% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  10. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  11. Visualization

    52% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  12. Extent flexibility

    50% Skill level

    Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  13. Auditory attention

    48% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  14. Arm-hand steadiness

    46% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  15. Finger dexterity

    46% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  16. Manual dexterity

    46% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  17. Multilimb coordination

    46% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  18. Perceptual speed

    46% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  19. Speech clarity

    46% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  20. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Working with mechanical equipment

    84% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  2. Handling and moving objects

    83% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  3. Doing physically active work

    73% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  4. Controlling equipment or machines

    69% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  5. Monitoring people, processes and things

    67% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  6. Making decisions and solving problems

    63% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  7. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    62% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  8. Communicating within a team

    61% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  9. Checking for errors or defects

    61% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  10. Driving vehicles or equipment

    59% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  11. Working with electronic equipment

    59% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.

  12. Thinking creatively

    57% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  13. Planning and prioritising work

    57% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  14. Assessing and evaluating things

    53% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  15. Documenting or recording information

    53% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  16. Looking for changes over time

    51% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  17. Researching and investigating

    50% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  18. Checking compliance with standards

    46% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    43% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  20. Explaining things to people

    41% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
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.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    99% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  2. Exposure to contaminants

    97% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  3. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    97% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    95% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Very hot or cold temperatures

    94% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  6. Contact with people

    93% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  7. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  8. Dangerous equipment

    91% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  9. Unstructured work

    91% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  10. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    90% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  11. Indoors, not heat controlled

    87% Important

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

  12. Dangerous conditions

    86% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  13. Teamwork

    83% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  14. Time pressure

    81% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  15. Consequence of error

    80% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  16. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    79% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  17. Electronic mail

    79% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  18. Cramped work space

    78% Important

    Work in an awkward position or in cramped work spaces.

  19. Health and safety of others

    77% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  20. Physically close to people

    77% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Independence

    71% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  2. Relationships

    71% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Support

    71% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  4. Achievement

    67% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  5. Recognition

    67% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  6. Working conditions

    60% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    100% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    76% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Enterprising

    71% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  4. Analytical

    43% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  5. Helping

    29% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

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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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