Marine Engineering Mechanic
You will operate and monitor the operation of a ship’s mechanical equipment. These mechanical systems being diverse and complex, the technical aspect of this job is challenging. Under supervision, you will inspect, test, maintain, repair, modify and install equipment associated with the occupation.
Professional training provided for approximately 18 weeks
Opportunities for advancement
WHAT THEY DO
Marine Engineering Mechanics (MAR ENG MECHs) monitor correct operation and assist with maintenance of main and auxiliary high-pressure boilers, diesel and gas turbine propulsion engines, hydraulic, mechanical and electrical control systems used in monitors, alarms and other marine equipment, refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, ship’s steering equipment, as well as systems that produce the ship’s domestic and boiler feed water. MAR ENG MECHs also monitor and assist with maintenance of filling systems for water, fuels and lubricants, departmental records and maintenance reports, as well as administration required for obtaining, storing and disposing of supplies and hazardous materials used by the occupation.
MAR ENG MECHs should have a high level of academic education with strengths in physics and mathematics.
The first stage of training for all new recruits is the Basic Military Qualification (BMQ) course held at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.
On completion of the BMQ, MAR ENG MECHs attend the Canadian Forces Fleet School in Esquimalt. Training takes approximately 13 weeks and includes the following topics: common engineering practices and publications, liquid contamination detection, safe working attitudes and practices, machinery, lubrication, use of hand tools, maintenance of valves and gaskets, and systems familiarization.
The second stage of training is Naval Environmental Training in either Halifax, Nova Scotia, or Esquimalt, British Columbia. Training takes approximately five weeks and includes naval history and organization,shipboard firefighting and damage control,watchkeeping duties, and seamanship.
MAR ENG MECHs spend much of their career onboard surface ships stationed in Halifax, Nova Scotia or Esquimalt, British Columbia. At sea, they are employed in operational, watchkeeping and maintenance duty in machinery spaces on a continuous shift rotation. The work is sometimes very demanding, both physically and mentally. MAR ENG MECHs work in confined spaces, above and below the waterline. They must occasionally work for extended periods while exposed to uncomfortably warm compartment temperatures and high noise levels, which make the use of ear protectors mandatory. They may also be required to work on decks in all climatic conditions. In harbour, where the majority of maintenance is done, they normally work a regular day shift. Personnel gain much of their training through hands-on experience and with day-to-day guidance by senior personnel.
As with all sea-going personnel, MAR ENG MECHs work as a team with their fellow shipmates in out-of-occupation duties such as cleaning and painting the ship, working in the cafeteria, standing sentry duty, or loading supplies.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADVANCEMENT
As they progress in their career, personnel who demonstrate the desire and possess the prerequisite qualifications may be selected for advanced formal courses and specialty training. Opportunities for career progression, promotion and advanced training are available for personnel who demonstrate ability and potential. At various stages throughout their career, MAR ENG MECHs must obtain Marine Engineering operating certificates, which reflect and assure a competent level of watchkeeping and technical ability.