Engineer officers, water transport (NOC 2274)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

Engineer officers, water transport:

  • operate and maintain main engines, machinery and auxiliary equipment aboard ships and other self-propelled vessels
  • supervise and coordinate the activities of engine room crews
  • work for marine transportation companies and federal government departments
Common job titles
  • chief engineer
  • chief marine engineer
  • engineer, Coast Guard vessel
  • marine engineer
  • officer-cadet, marine engineer
  • offshore drilling rig engineer


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 repair to engines, machinery and all auxiliary equipment
  • supervise and coordinate activities of engine room crew
  • maintain records and prepare reports on engine performance and failures

Work environment

Key aspects of work in this occupation :

  • Work takes place in a typical controlled environment.
  • Work also takes place on ships or other self-propelled vessels.
  • Working on boats and ships with varied sea conditions can be hazardous.
  • Working with equipment, instruments, machinery or power/hand tools may be a source of injury.
  • The workplace may be noisy enough to cause distraction or hearing loss.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Movement between employers is possible for positions requiring the same level of certification. Progression to management positions in transportation is possible with experience.

Fourth Class Marine Engineer certificate is the entry level of a four-level certification program offered by Transport Canada. Progression from one level of certification to the next requires additional experience, training and testing.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.