The Engine Department onboard a merchant ship is responsible for all maintenance and repairs of engines, electric motors, pumps, winches and other mechanical and electrical equipment. Job positions within this department include Chief Engineer, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Engineer, Trainee Engineer, Chief Mechanic, Mechanic, Fitter, Oiler, Wiper and Engine Utility Man.
The chief engineer onboard a ship oversees the entire operations of the engine department. He is responsible for operations and maintenance work of all engineering equipment throughout the ship. He reports to the captain of the ship. Extensive experience with minimum 5 to 8 years in subordinate positions on board ships is required for this position.
First, Second, Third Engineer
They are responsible for maintenance and repair of all electrical and mechanical equipment within the engine room and other areas of the ship. Extensive experience with minimum 4 to 6 years (3-5 years for 2nd & 2-4 years for 3rd Engineers) in subordinate positions onboard ships is required for this position. Fluency in English language is a must
Reporting to the second engineer, a trainee engineer assists senior engineers in carrying out daily maintenance and repair works within the engine room. No prior experience is required for this position but a diploma from a maritime school is a must.
Electrical engineer is responsible for maintenance of all the electrical equipment on a ship such as motors, switchboards, fire detectors, navigational lights, batteries etc. He assists ship’s deck officer and engineer in all kind of electrical malfunctions
Chief Mechanic is responsible for the maintenance and repairs of the entire engine systems onboard the ship. Also supervises a team of mechanics in carrying out the daily maintenance and repair tasks of the engines. Extensive experience with minimum 2 to 5 years in subordinate positions onboard ships required for this position.
Mechanic is responsible for the daily maintenance and repairs of mechanic equipment onboard the ship under the supervision of Chief Mechanic. Prior experience within a similar position or previous onboard experience as an electrician is required for this position. Reasonable English skill is desired. This position has a possibility of promotion to Chief Mechanic
Oiler lubricates moving components of the engines and their auxiliary equipment and monitors the condition and oil level in the engines. No prior experience required but some knowledge of mechanics is desirable.
Fitter is responsible for daily maintenance and minor repairs of all mechanical equipment onboard the ship. Prior experience with minimum 1-2 years onboard ships along with a diploma from a maritime school is required for this position.
Wiper is responsible for general duties within the engine department such as cleaning of engine room and various tools and equipment. No prior experience required for this position although reasonable English skill is desired. This position has a possibility of promotion to Fitter.
Engine Utility Man
He provides assistance in various duties within the engine room, such as maintenance and minor repair tasks. No prior experience required for this position.