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.