Marine Engineers

Careers Information

What do they do?

Marine engineers run and maintain all the ships systems including the engines, pumps, and all electrical equipment on-board the vessel. They have knowledge of: mechanical engineering, pneumatic and hydraulic machinery, how to operate and fix electronic and electrical equipment, safety regulations and procedures, firefighting, first aid and survival skills, home and foreign port regulations.

Typical day

Usually shift work on the vessel but may be an 8-hour day. Marine engineers may fabricate, repair, maintain and diagnose machinery, maintain controls and alarms, maintain services at sea, supervise other crew and train them in routine and emergency duties.

How much could I earn?

Icn Money

Newly Qualified

$60k - $80k


Icn Money

5 years experience

$80k - $180k

Does this sound like you?

Study areas

• Maths, Accounting or Economics

• Sciences or Workshop Technology


• Confident communicator

• Good at precision work

• Reasonable strength and fitness

• Good at problem solving/creative

Helpful experience

• Making or fixing things

• Working with machinery

• Working with computers

• Crewing in an engine room is a good idea

Preferred work environments

• Inside (workshop or plant)

• Outside (marine)

Career Pathway

School Entry level jobs Advancing jobs Senior jobs

NCEA passes (preferably Level 2) in:


Science (Physics)

Technology (Metal Work)


Marine Engineer Class 5 & 6

Marine Engineer Class 3 & 4

Electro-Technical Officer

Marine Chief Engineer Class
1 & 2

Unit/Achievement standards in schools Traineeship Higher learning Higher learning


Training involves three parts:

1. Doing the job

2. Logging the necessary sea-hours

3. Passing the relevant Maritime NZ exam

You could start as crew or study full time.

What do we offer?

  • We partner with industry associations like the Maritime and Seafood Educators Association and members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential learners, and encouraging work placements.
  • We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences and regularly celebrate your learners’ success.
  • When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the industry and the skills learners and businesses need.