Deck Engineer

Repair and maintain deck machineries.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$24,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Deck Engineers do?

Repairs and maintains deck machinery, such as cargo winches and anchor windlasses: Operates machinery to determine causes of malfunctioning. Dismantles, repairs, or replaces defective parts, and reassembles machinery, using machinist’s handtools, chain hoists, and steel rollers. May maintain ship’s plumbing system. May change fuses and lights and overhaul electric motors. Rating must be endorsed by U.S. Coast Guard.


Should I be a Deck Engineer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Engineer, Steam

    How to become a Deck Engineer

    Most Deck Engineers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9weaaa&chl=no+college+%2854%25%29|certificate+%2842%25%29|associate%27s+%284%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,54,54
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