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Engineer Officers, Water Transport

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NOC:2274
Occupation:Engineer Officers, Water Transport
Category:Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

About the job

Nature of work:

Engineer officers, water transport, operate and maintain main engines, machinery and auxiliary equipment aboard ships and other self-propelled vessels, and supervise and coordinate the activities of engine room crews. They are employed by marine transportation companies and federal government departments.

Job duties:
Engineer officers, water transport, perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Operate main engines, machinery and all auxiliary equipment aboard ships, such as boilers, steering and deck machinery, motors, pumps, generators and condensers.
  • Stand engine room watch, monitoring and noting performance of engines, machinery and all auxiliary equipment.
  • Inspect and conduct maintenance and emergency repairs to engines, machinery and all auxiliary equipment.
  • Supervise and coordinate the activities of the engine room crew.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports on engine performance and failures.
Sample job titles:
  • chief engineer - water transport
  • engineer officer - water transport
  • fishing vessel engineer officer
  • offshore drilling rig marine engineer officer
  • second engineer - water transport
  • ship engineer officer
  • third engineer - water transport
  • watchkeeping engineer
Skills:

As a ship's officer, you should enjoy being at sea. A sense of responsibility and strong leadership qualities are needed. You must be in good health and meet eyesight and colour vision requirements. Problem-solving and decision-making skills are important. A mechanical aptitude may be helpful.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Completion of a three-year cadet program in marine engineering from an approved marine training institute or approximately three years of experience as an engine room crew member and six months of formal training at an approved marine training institute or approximately three years of experience as an engine mechanic and six months of experience as an engine room crew member are required for certification as a fourth class marine engineer.
  • A marine engineer officer certificate of competency, issued by Transport Canada, is required.
Other considerations:

Employment opportunities will mainly depend upon export levels and the ability of shipping companies to be competitive with other forms of transportation. Fourth Class Marine Engineer certificate is the entry level of a four-level certification program administered by Transport Canada. Progression from one level of certification to the next requires additional experience, training and testing. Mobility between employers is possible for positions requiring the same level of certification. Progression to management positions in transportation is possible with experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Good

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. However, competition for positions may be low due to few qualified jobseekers. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Engineer Officers, Water Transport most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers.

The median employment income for 32% of Engineer Officers, Water Transport who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $95,487. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Engineer Officers, Water Transport225Moderate growth25Moderate
Minimum: $19.78
Median: $35.26
Maximum: $60.44
Minimum: $22,762
Median: $80,919
Maximum: $158,330
Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology25,875Strong growth3,095Low
Minimum: $17.69
Median: $31.35
Maximum: $47.18
Minimum: $13,568
Median: $60,422
Maximum: $107,009
Engineer Officers, Water TransportCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
Percent employed full-time97%94%
Percent self-employed0%7%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentEngineer Officers, Water TransportCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern22%$95,20812%$30,581
Northern12%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton28%x13%$32,974
Halifax29%$82,92047%$41,209
Annapolis Valley9%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeEngineer Officers, Water TransportCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
15-245%x
25-3422%14%
35-4426%33%
45-5419%32%
55-6423%18%
65+5%4%
Median Age5543
GenderEngineer Officers, Water TransportCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
Female6%20%
Male94%80%
EducationEngineer Officers, Water TransportCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolN/Ax0.7%$28,107
High school10.4%$53,13612.1%$35,125
Trades certificate22.4%$72,5156.8%$54,923
College certificate or diploma37.3%$113,02933.7%$52,476
University certificate or diploma9.0%$78,6773.7%$52,446
Bachelor's degree14.9%$55,73329.7%$58,011
University advanced certificate or diploma3.0%x2.0%$54,917
Master's degreeN/Ax9.7%$37,706
Doctorate3.0%x1.7%$65,565
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax0.1%$57,566
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

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Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
Engineer - Motor, Ship, or Steamship
Not Provincially Regulated:This job may be regulated by a federal regulatory body.
Regulating body:
Transport Canada - Marine Safety Services
45 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4K2
(855) 859-3123
(902) 426-6657
Watchkeeping Engineer
Not Provincially Regulated:This job may be regulated by a federal regulatory body.
Regulating body:
Transport Canada - Marine Safety Services
45 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4K2
(855) 859-3123
(902) 426-6657
Useful contacts:
Canadian Coast Guard College
1190 Westmount Road
Sydney, NS B1R 2J6
Tel: (888) 582-9090
Fax: (902) 567-3233
CCGCregistrar@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Marine maintenance/fitter and ship repair technology/technician
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair outboard and inboard engines; test, maintain, and repair steering devices and electrical systems; repair metal, wood, and fibreglass hulls and vessel components; fabricate and maintain sails; and repair and balance propellers and drive shafts.
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Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
it.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
strait.info@nscc.ca
Apprenticeship Training
Department of Labour and Advanced Education 2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651
Program Name:Nautical science/merchant marine officer
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to serve as captains, executive officers, engineers and ranking mates on commercially licensed inland, coastal and ocean-going vessels. These programs include courses in maritime traditions and law; maritime policy; economics and management of commercial marine operations; basic naval architecture and engineering; shipboard power systems engineering; crew supervision; and administrative procedures.
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Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
strait.info@nscc.ca
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