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

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 338344 1.81 910
United States 10,30011,100 7.580 270350

Job outlook

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

2015 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 37.9718.5424.19 35.0347.1763.94
Alaska 30.4321.1024.05 30.3636.7640.18
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 34.8127.9031.62 34.7137.8543.99
Southeast Region 32.3724.0529.53 30.4838.4038.41
Balance of State 27.8119.8921.87 25.3530.4540.33

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
529336 63.559.7 48.0
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation43
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation39
UI claimants previously working in occupation51
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 38
Number of job position postings 4
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 9.5

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

ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry

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

Alaska Petroleum Academy   (Kenai)
Confined Space Entry
Confined Space Rescue

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)

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

AVTEC   (Seward)
Able Seaman Certificate
Advanced Fire Fighting
Assistance Towing Operations
Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA) Operations Certificate
Basic First Aid and CPR Certificate
Basic Training Certificate
Basic Training Revalidation
Bridge Resource Management Certificate
Crowd Management
Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS)
Global Maritime Distress & Safety Systems Certificate
Ice Navigation
Leadership and Managerial Skills
Leadership and Teamworking Skills
Marlinspike Seamanship
Master/Mate Certificate
Master/Mate 500 and 1600 Ton NC Prep Class
Medical First Aid Provider
Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV)
Proficiency in Survival Craft Certificate
Qualified Member of the Engine Department (QMED)
Radar Observer Certificate
Radar Observer, Recertification Certificate
Radar Refresher 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

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

Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Procedures Certificate

Satori Group Inc   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry Certificate

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)

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