Ship Engineers (53-5031)

Occupation description:  Supervise and coordinate activities of crew engaged in operating and maintaining engines, boilers, deck machinery, and electrical, sanitary, and refrigeration equipment aboard ship.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 283278 -1.811 2233
United States 10,10010,800 6.5400 8001,270

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with moderate employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 37.4819.8225.50 35.1546.6160.74
Alaska 30.0913.7321.18 31.5939.2744.31
Southeast Region 35.9624.8432.18 34.5141.0442.88
Balance of State 24.8410.5218.82 22.0833.0042.87

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
432270 62.565.5 51.5
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation52
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation39
UI claimants previously working in occupation48
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 38
Number of job position postings 5
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 7.6

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Postsecondary non-degree award Work experience: Less than 5 years On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

 Degree
ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry

 Degree
Alaska Nautical School   (Wasilla)
Able Seaman
Master up to 100 GT Near Coastal Water Certificate
OUPV Near Coastal
OUPV Restricted to Freshwaters and Rivers of Western Alaska
Upgrade 100 GT Master to 200 GT Master

 Degree
Alaska Petroleum Academy   (Kenai)
Confined Space Entry (8 Hours)
Confined Space Rescue (16 Hours)

 Degree
Alaska Waters Consulting   (Anchorage)
Alaska Waterwise
Celestial Navigation
Masters License - 25/50/100 Ton
Masters upgrade - 100 Ton
Masters upgrade - 200 Ton
Masters/Mate upgrade - 200 Ton
Navigation Rules of the Road
OUPV License ("Six Pack License")
Restricted OUPV License (Freshwater six pack)

 Degree
Alaska West Training Center   (Fairbanks)
Permit Required Confined Space Entry - S01
Permit Required Confined Space Entry and Fire Watch - S01a
Permit Required Confined Space Rescue - S02

 Degree
AVTEC   (Seward)
Able Seaman Certificate
Advanced Fire Fighting
Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation
Advanced Training For Polar Operations (Polar Code)
Assistance Towing
Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA) Operations Certificate
Basic First Aid and CPR Certificate
Basic Meteorology
Basic Training Certificate
Basic Training For Polar Operations (Polar Code)
Basic Training Revalidation
Bridge Resource Management Certificate
Crowd Management
Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS)
FCC Marine Radio Operators Examination (MROP) Certificate
Global Maritime Distress & Safety Systems Certificate
Ice Navigation
Leadership and Managerial Skills
Leadership and Teamworking Skills
Marlinspike Seamanship
Master 100 Tons/Mate 200 Tons
Master/Mate 500 and 1600 Ton NC Prep Class
Master/Mate Not More Than 200 Tons Certificate
Medical CareProvider
Meteorology
Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV)
Proficiency in Survival Craft Certificate
Qualified Member of the Engine Department (QMED)
Radar Observer Certificate
Radar Observer Refresher Certificate
Radar Observer, Recertification Certificate
Rating Forming Part of Navigational Watch Certificate
Rating Forming Part of Navigational Watch (RFPNW) Assessments
Tankship-Dangerous Liquids Certificate
Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties
Vessel Security Officer
Visual Communications/Flashing Light

 Degree
Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry (OSHA and NSTC Offered)
Confined Space Rescue (OSHA)

 Degree
Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Procedures Certificate

 Degree
Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Confined Space Entry/011

 Degree
Satori Group Inc   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry Certificate

 Degree
Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center   (Igiugig)
Mariners Learning System USCG Testing
Masters 25/50/100 Ton Training Leading to USCG License
Restricted Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (ROUPV)

 Degree
University of Alaska, Mining and Petroleum Training Service   (Soldotna)
Confined Space Entry