Marine Surveyor

Occupation Information table
Overview: Marine surveyors (Ship Maintenance Engineers) examine ships in harbors and ports to determine the condition of the hull, machinery and equipment. They examine sections of the hull, inspect sea valves, ventilators and fittings to determine repair or replacement needs. They submit recommendations to ships' owners.
Duties: Conduct under-water examination of ships' hulls and equipment and marine facilities by means of under-water cameras mounted or remotely controlled robots or by diving.

They assess condition of underwater equipment and determine what kinds of repairs and replacements are needed. Take photographs of areas under inspection to verify repair needs.

They estimate costs and time needed to complete repairs. Decide whether repairs require dry-docking a ship or whether they can be accomplished by divers under water.

Analyze damaged equipment after removal and replacement in order to determine the causes of the damage. They recommend what precautions are needed to avoid future damage.

Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 9% to 13% from 2018 to 2028, which is faster than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $46,000 to $51,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A college degree in marine engineering is the most common educational requirement for an entry position in this occupation. Courses in mechanical engineering, maintenance engineering, cost engineering and computer applications are essential. Most states require registration of marine surveyors.
Recommended Skills:
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Identifying the most appropriate equipment and tools needed to get a job done.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Having a job where you can spend a significant amount of time outside.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.