Mechanical, Electrical & Electronics & Telecommunications Engineers are much in demand as the job profile on cargo ship is largely maintenance and operation oriented. However shipbuilding industry require these engineers along with civil engineers to build large ships equipped with all the amenities & safety features. Ships have pumps, motors & large engines propelling them to desired destinations. Mechanical Engineers have to operate & take good care of them as they perform the important roles in ship utilities.
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning is also other major area of operation for Mechanical engineers. These ships are dependant on generators for the power requirements & Electrical engineers has a critical role to play. Design, Operation & Maintenance of electrical systems is a daily routine for them.
Navigation systems are the eyes & ear of any cargo ship. Latest & technically advanced navigation equipments are used to keep the ship on track & in touch with ground staff. Criticality of their operation is undeniable. E & TC engineers are required to show excellent skills in utilizing these equipments to the best of their ability & show innovative attitude during the testing times. To become a marine engineer one has to join shipping companies as a trainee engineer. Depending upon their specialization they are trained on the job. Later on they are absorbed in the company on cantract basis. These jobs are seldom offered on permanent basis. Generally one-year contracts are offered and renewed annually.
Now days a flexible policy is being adopted regarding family accommodation. So engineers can perform their duties on board with the company of their family. Generally they have to spend 8 months on board & vacation of 4 months per year.
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