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Role of Marine Engineers

A contemporary ship houses all the complex system like boilers, gas turbines, diesel engines, alternators, steam engines, refrigeration, steam turbines, winches, pumps, compressors, crosses, air conditioning plants, monitoring systems etc. Marine engineer plays a very significant and responsible role in maintaining these machineries and ensuring that these run flawlessly throughout the journey of the ship. It requires high level of technical expertise and knowledge.

Career Growth for a Marine Engineer

The cadet, first needs to clear both the '4 modular course' as well as '4 years Marine Engineering'. After clearing the exams, the cadet is appointed as a Junior Engineer on a ship. After serving few years on the ship, the junior engineer becomes eligible for the exam of Chief Engineer which is conducted by the Director General of Shipping, Mumbai that comes under the Government of India. After clearing the exam, the Junior Engineer becomes eligible to work as a Chief Engineer. The transition from a Junior Engineer to the Chief Engineer may require a time span of six to seven years.

Junior Engineer

A cadet becomes a Junior Engineer after obtaining the 4 years Marine Engineering Degreeand by clearing a 4 Modular Course. A Junior Engineer can earn nearly 1000 USD/ month

Fourth Engineer

After serving as a Junior Engineer for 6 months on a ship, he becomes eligible to appear for the Class IV exam. Before he can appear for the exam, he has to attend a 3 months course. On clearing the exam successfully, the Junior Engineer gets promoted as a Fourth Engineer and becomes eligible for earning nearly 2700 USD/ month

Second Engineer

After serving as a Fourth Engineer for 12 months on a ship, he becomes eligible to appear for the Class II exam. Before he can appear for the exam, he has to attend a 4 months course. On clearing the exam successfully, the Fourth Engineer gets promoted as a Second Engineer and becomes eligible for earning nearly 5700 USD/ month

Chief Engineer

After serving as a Second Engineer for 18 months on a ship, he becomes eligible to appear for the Class I exam. Before he can appear for the exam, he has to attend a 2 months course. On clearing the exam successfully, the Fourth Engineer gets promoted as a Second Engineer and becomes eligible for earning nearly 8000 USD/ month