Engine Department

Members of the Engine Department operate behind-the-scenes to make sure the ship’s boilers, pumps, generators, and machinery are working properly. In order to qualify immediately for Engine positions, you must have a U.S. Merchant Mariners Credential. Basic Safety Training is required, along with VPDSD, Endorsed as RFPEW, Able Seafarer Engine, Oiler, Electrician, QMED (any Rating), a U.S. Passport, an SIU Physical and drug test, which can be obtained through an SIU Hiring Hall. Upon completion, you will be assigned to a vessel.

Duties as a member of the Engine Department can include:

Standing Engineering Watches

This includes but is not limited to the hydraulic systems, cargo fluid systems, internal combustion engines, material handling equipment (fork trucks, pallet jacks, etc.), cargo handling equipment (cranes, booms, winches, etc.), ship’s boats including engines, associated machinery, davits and winches, hull structure, and mooring machinery.

Quality Assurance

Assist, observe and perform Quality Assurance on work done by shipyard or other shore side repair personnel, as directed.

Machine Shop Equipment

Proficiency in the use of machine shop equipment (lathes, milling machines, drill presses, etc.), hand tools, hand-held power tools, burning, brazing, and welding procedures, and welding systems.

Emergency Drills & Operations

Proficiency in the performance of fire, boat, and damage control drills, taking initiative to perform emergency drills as required.

Everything described above is considered to be an essential function of these positions, and members of the Engine Department must also be ready to perform other duties as assigned.

Get Started Today

Take the next step in your nautical journey.

Read Frequently Asked Questions

Maritime Career Benefits