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Marine Engineer Jobs

Marine Engineer Jobs

How to Enter

To become a Marine Engineer, you will need to have an appropriate Marine Engineer Class Certificate of Competency first. This certificate requires you to have:

  • At least 200 hours at sea

  • Engineering training approved by Maritime New Zealand

  • A medial certificate

  • An eyesight test

  • A New Zealand Police Vet Check proving you are of good character

On top of that, Certificates of Competency come at various classes, for example Class 6 is for the smallest vessels. Classes 6, 5 and 4 are for work within New Zealand. Classes 3, 2, and 1 are for international work. The Royal New Zealand Navy also offers training for Marine Engineers.

Typical Responsibilities

The day to day job responsibilities of a Marine Engineer can include some or all of the following:

  • Maintaining ship engine and machinery

  • Ordering fuel and spare parts

  • Conducting specialised fabrication, maintenance and diagnostics or electrical-fitting tasks

  • Checking, testing and maintaining automatic controls and alarm systems

Marine Engineers who work at sea may also be responsible for the following:

  • Controlling engines and mechanical, electrical, and electronic equipment on board the vessel

  • Maintaining services to electric power, heating, ventilation, refrigeration, water and sewerage systems

  • Supervising other engineers and crew members, and training them in routine and emergency duties


Experienced Marine Engineers can find themselves with offers of work on larger and more complex vessels over time. Alternatively, they can also move into engineering work in other industries, or other roles within a ship, such as a vessel’s Surveyor.

Salary Range

Entry: 60K – 80K per annum (NZD)

Experienced: 80K+ per annum (NZD)​