WHO MARINE ENGINEER (CLOSELY RELATED TO MECHANICAL ENGINEERING )
Operate and maintain the propulsion and electrical with knowledge (and hands on experience) with electrical , electronic , pneumatic , hydraulic and even nuclear technology . generation systems onboard ships
They also design and build these complicated systems
The merchant and military fleets of the world would not move without them
Marine Engineering staff also deal with the "Hotel" facilities onboard, notably the sewage , lighting, air conditioning and water systems.
They deal with bulk fuel transfers, and require training in firefighting and first aid, as well as in dealing with the ship's boats and other nautical tasks- especially with cargo loading/discharging gear and safety systems .
The original term engineer on a ship meant the people who dealt with the engines ("The black hand gang"), as opposed to the Consulting Engineer concept.
Marine Engineers are generally much more hands on, and often get dirty, sweaty and hot doing their jobs. Care and thought is required, however, especially with heavy machinery in a seaway, and in managing the rest of the engine-room crew.
MARINE ENGINEER REQUIREMENTS
Be familiar with the piping system onboard and see that all piping are in good order and condition
Fuel oil - Red
Lubrication oil - Yellow
Fresh water - Blue
Sea water / Ballast - Green
Compressed air - Gray
Steam - Silver
Bilge - Black
2 Account for and replenish spares and stores suitably
3 Store and bunker reasonable amount of fuel
4 Made suggestions for modifications of machineries and running methods for better efficiency in operations and maintenances
5 To learn the skill of trouble shooting accurately, saving time and spares
6 To improvise and adapt in repairs onboard, given insufficient spaces available
7 Display good discipline and obedience
RESPOSIBILITY on ENGINE
- Directly responsible to the master for the satisfactory operation of all machinery and equipment.
- Apart from assuming all responsibility his role is mainly that of consultant and advisor.
- It is not usual for Chief Engineer to keep a watch
- The one who responsible for the practical upkeep of machinery and the manning of engine room
- He is in effect an executive officer
and directly report to Chief Engineer
- Second Engineer may keep a watch
Third and Fourth Engineer
- They are usually senior watch- keeper or engineers in charge of a watch.
- Each may have particular areas of responsibility, such as generator, purifier or boiler etc…
Junior or Fifth Engineer
- Classified as a junior officers.
- They will make up as additional watch-keepers, day workers on maintenance work or possibly act as Refrigeration Engineer.
- Normally on large ships or company practice dictates.
- No carried out watch-keeper duty
- Responsibility more on electrical equipments and assisting Chief or Second Engineer as required
- Oiler are usually senior ratings who attend the boiler while the ship is in port.
- The greaser or firemen are usually employed on watches to assist the engineers in charge.
- Job scopes normally assisting in the maintenance and upkeep of the machinery space
The system of watches adopted on board ship is usually a four hour period working with eight hours rest for the members of each watch.
The three watches in any 12 hour period are usually 12 – 4, 4 – 8 and 8 – 12.
The word ‘watch’ is taken as meaning the time period and also the personnel at work during that period
The watchkeeping arrangement and the make up of the watch will be decided by Chief Engineer.
Factor to be account in the matter will include the type of ship, machineries and degree of automation, the qualifications and experiences of the members of the watch, any special conditions such as weather, ship location, international and local regulations , etc
The engineer officer in charge of the watch is the Chief Engineer’s representative and is responsible for the safe and efficient operation and upkeep of all machinery affecting the safety of the ship