- maths knowledge
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- knowledge of physics
- design skills and knowledge
- thinking and reasoning skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to use your initiative
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Depending on the industry you work in, your duties could include:
- shipbuilding, boat-building and repair
- working in the leisure boat industry
- designing, building and operating offshore gas and oil platforms
- marine surveying
- making sure engines, instruments and systems work safely
You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
You could work at a shipyard, in an office, on a ship, at a port or underwater.
Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers, physically demanding and you may spend nights away from home.
With experience, you could specialise in project management, research and development or consultancy.
There are also opportunities for experienced marine engineers to work in shore-based roles with responsibility for vessel refits, legal work in maritime engineering safety and shipping fleet management.
You can find more advice about careers in engineering from the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and British Marine.