Marine engineer


A marine engineer is responsible for the maintenance, inspection and repair of vessels and equipment focusing on the mechanical systems. They typically work onshore at a construction site scheduling inspection and repairs or offshore on a vessel.

Lifecycle stages

Development and project management, manufacturing and installation.

Typical employer

Specialist contractor.

Place of work

Onshore at the port and offshore on a vessel.

Typical working pattern


Education, training and qualifications

Minimum NFQ level 7 in marine engineering or other related engineering subjects. Apprenticeships and other routes such as cadetships are available. Further certification may be required to work on specific types of vessels.

Typical entry position & transferable sectors

Entry roles can include a marine technician or junior engineering roles.

Highly transferable from similar industries such as the maritime and oil and gas industries.

Career possibilities

Marine engineers can progress on as maritime engineering managers, mechanical engineers, mid-level marine engineers and then onto senior marine engineers.

Full time salary estimate

€35,000-€50,000 per year, depending on experience. Additional offshore day rate for work done offshore on vessels. This salary range is for this specific role.