Ship engineers repair and maintain machinery and ship systems. Ship engineers, also known as marine and naval engineers, usually specialize in a particular aspect or device involved in a ship's operations. Ship engineers work on board a ship and the job will require long, odd and overtime hours.
Ship's engineer require a physical to determine good health, acceptable vision and proper color perception. The job can require a great deal of standing and lifting of objects of 70 lbs. or more. Ship engineers must be in excellent physical condition. Assistant engineers may also be able to advance into the position of a ship's engineer by taking exams and acquiring experience by assisting ship's engineers directly.