Assistant Engineer

An Assistant Engineer is responsible for working in the engine department of a vessel. These positions can exist on any type of vessel.

There are different license ratings of engineers, please be aware the license requirements can vary per vessel and company, For example there are:

Designated Duty Engineers (500 Horsepower to Unlimited)
Assisted Engineer Limited (1600 Gross Tons) Unlimited Horsepower
Chief Engineer Limited (1600 Gross Tons) Unlimited Horsepower
3rd Assistant Engineer Unlimited HP
2nd Assistant Engineer Unlimited HP
1st Assistant Engineer Unlimited HP
Chief Engineer Unlimited HP

While holding a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC), an engineer endorsement is considered a licensed, experienced (assistant in cases) engineer type position.

As an engineer earns “Seatime” in combination with the required training, an engineer can upgrade their MMC to a different or higher rating of engineering license.

An engineer may perform many duties such as:

(Example only)
Ship maintenance
Engine Maintance
Machinery Repairs
Assist the Chief Engineer
To view the USCG Minimum requirements please explore our career map or please visit the National Maritime Center website for the most up to date info.

View Bureau of Labor Statistics Wage Information for this position

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