Marine engineers and naval architects design, develop, and evaluate the operation of marine vessels, ship machinery, and related equipment, such as power supply and propulsion systems.
In marine engineering jobs, marine engineers entail responsibilities of designing structures or facilities, supervising engineering or other technical personnel, reviewing technical documents to plan work, monitoring processes for compliance with standards and evaluating characteristics of equipment or systems.
In marine architecture, naval engineering aspirants must have completed their high school examination from any recognized board with physics, chemistry and mathematics as the major subjects, followed by a bachelor's degree in marine engineering and naval architecture, respectively, or a relevant degree, such as a degree in electrical or mechanical engineering. Some programs are offered at state maritime academies.
In a skilled naval architect job, one should be able to analyze and interpret technical information and drawings, have expertise in shipyard/design office work, possess strong interpersonal skills, have the ability to work effectively with a team of engineers and pay attention to details.
Depending on the specialization, there are various job roles in the marine architecture career, such as structural engineer, onshore marine coordinator, marine equipment designer, engineering manager, dock engineer and sales engineer. The marine engineer's salary is commensurate with experience and domain knowledge.
To be successful in marine engineering jobs, an aspiring candidate should be well equipped to manage extreme conditions and make everyone feel safe on the deck. Therefore, one should have problem-solving and time management ability, leadership and supervisory skills and decision-making capability.
Every career requires an element of study and academic qualification, and there can be several study routes and pathways you can take. In following any academic pathway you will study subjects that contribute to the specialised knowledge required to achieve your career goals. These qualifications provide a future employer with the evidence that you have the desired knowledge, understanding and experience of their industry, so it’s important to consider the various types of qualifications available to you and to understand how they can boost your career and create opportunities for you.
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