Top Paying Ship Building Jobs: Marine Engineer

Continuing our series on the the top paying jobs in the shipbuilding industry, today we want to take a closer look at the role of Marine Engineer. Within a shipyard setting, what is this individual responsible for on a day to day basis? If you’re interested in an engineering career within the marine industry, it’s essential to know how to get there. Here are a few things you need to know about how to become a marine engineer and find your next dream job.

  • What does a marine engineer do?
    Sometimes referred to as naval architects, a marine engineer is responsible for the design, build, and maintenance of ships. This can include a variety of ship types from military to commercial and private boats. A marine engineer will design all of the internal systems for the ship, like electrical, propulsion, and steering systems.
  • What kind of experience do you need?
    To launch your career as a marine engineer, you’ll need to start with education. A bachelor’s degree in marine engineering is required. However, there are only a few universities that offer specialized programs for marine engineers. You can also receive training in the field by joining the military if you’re interested in working with the U.S. armed forces.
  • What is the general salary range?
    While there are a number of factors that will affect the salary levels, including the location where you’ll work and the experience you bring to the table, the median salary is nearly $100,000 annually. We encourage you to visit a website such as during your job search process to narrow down the exact ranges in your area to help you with negotiations.
  • How to find a marine engineer job.
    Because of the specialized nature of a marine engineer position, individuals with skills and experience are in high demand. To increase your chances of finding the right marine engineer position, we encourage applicants to work with a specialized staffing partner. An agency will have a network of shipyards that can help you expand your reach.

Are you looking for a marine engineer job?

Contact the recruiters at Hutco to learn more today.