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What this job is about

A ship's engine is more than just a roaring furnace of coal – you're thinking of that scene from the Titanic. Instead, modern ship engines use either diesel gas or turbines to keep things moving. Because of the monitoring and diagnostics necessary to ensure speed and safety, dedicated engine crew members are enlisted to monitor gauges, adjust speed and maintain the engine to avoid any unpleasant surprises. You'll be taking your orders from the captain, so you'll definitely need listening skills, but you might also be called on to make quick judgments and repairs to keep all of the ship engines running like they should.

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What it Takes

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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