The Engine Department

Some personnel that may be in the Engine Department, also called the Engineering Department, include:

The cruise ship Engine Department consists of the people that operate and maintain the engines and machinery that is onboard. The Department is directed by the Chief Engineer who is responsible for the electrical, engineering, and mechanical sections of the ship, as well as all of the personnel that assist in those tasks.

In Focus: Deck and Engine

The Department operates and maintains the engines, steering, and power systems on the ship. They also are responsible for nearly all other auxiliary systems onboard, and are responsible for installing, troubleshooting, and repairing them. Besides these systems, they also service the:

  • Heating
  • Ventilation
  • Air Conditioning
  • Lighting
  • Refrigeration.

Most of the positions in the Engine section require specialized training and experience in the systems involved. Most of them also require that they be a graduate of a maritime school, have certification, and have time in a subordinate position while working on those systems. Entry level positions are available on some ships, such as an engine utility man, an oiler, and a wiper. They may require some mechanical knowledge or experience.

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