Vessel engine inspectors inspect ship and boat engines such as electric motors, nuclear reactors, gas turbine engines, outboard motors, two-stroke or four-stroke diesel engines, LNG, fuel dual engines and, in some cases, marine steam engines in assembly facilities to ensure compliance with safety standards and regulations. They conduct routine, post-overhaul, pre-availability, and post-casualty inspections. They provide documentation for repair activities and technical support to maintenance and repair centres. They review administrative records, analyse the operating performance of engines and report their findings.
Excludes vessel engine tester.
The following job titles also refer to vessel engine inspector:
electric motor inspector
nuclear reactor inspector
marine steam engine inspector
marine engine tester
four-stroke diesel engine inspector
boat engine assembler
marine engine inspector
gas turbine engine inspector
liquid natural gas engine inspector
two-stroke diesel engineer inspector
outboard motor inspector
LNG engine inspector
dual fuel engine inspector
boat engine builder
marine engine builder
boat engine inspector
A high school diploma or equivalent is generally the minimum required to work as a vessel engine inspector.
ISCO skill level
ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:
- the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
- the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
- the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.
Vessel engine inspector is a Skill level 3 occupation.
Vessel engine inspector career path
These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to vessel engine inspector.
Long term prospects
These occupations require some skills and knowledge of vessel engine inspector. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of vessel engine inspector with a significant experience and/or extensive training.
Essential knowledge and skills
This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of vessel engine inspector.
- Quality assurance procedures: The procedures to inspect a product or system to ensure that it is according to specifications and requirements.
- Operation of different engines: Know the characteristics, maintenance requirements and operating procedures of various kinds of engines such as gas, diesel, electrical, and engines with steam propulsion plants.
- Electromechanics: The engineering processes that combine electrical and mechanical engineering in the application of electromechanics in devices that need electricity to create mechanical movement or devices that create electricity by mechanical movement.
- Mechanics of vessels: The mechanics involved in boats and ships. Understand the technicalities and participate in discussions over related topics in order to solve problems related to the mechanics.
- Engineering processes: The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.
- Mechanics: Theoretical and practical applications of the science studying the action of displacements and forces on physical bodies to the development of machinery and mechanical devices.
- Engine components: Know the different engine components, and their operation and maintenance. Understand when repairs and replacement should be undertaken.
Essential skills and competences
These skills are necessary for the role of vessel engine inspector.
- Inspect quality of products: Use various techniques to ensure the product quality is respecting the quality standards and specifications. Oversee defects, packaging and sendbacks of products to different production departments.
- Operate precision measuring equipment: Measure the size of a processed part when checking and marking it to check if it is up to standard by use of two and three dimensional precision measuring equipment such as a caliper, a micrometer, and a measuring gauge.
- Manage health and safety standards: Oversee all personnel and processes to comply with health, safety and hygiene standards. Communicate and support alignment of these requirements with the company’s health and safety programmes.
- Apply vessel engine regulations: Understand the regulations regarding the vessel engines and apply those regulations in engine maintenance and operation.
- Diagnose defective engines: Diagnose engine damage or malfunctions by inspecting mechanical equipment; utilise instruments such as chassis charts, pressure gauges, and motor analysers.
- Read standard blueprints: Read and comprehend standard blueprints, machine, and process drawings.
- Inspect vessel manufacturing: Inspect plants where ships and boats are manufactured to ensure safety and quality control. Ensure that components are manufactured in compliance with safety and design specifications.
- Use testing equipment: Use equipment to test performance and operation of machinery.
- Read engineering drawings: Read the technical drawings of a product made by the engineer in order to suggest improvements, make models of the product or operate it.
- Conduct performance tests: Conduct experimental, environmental and operational tests on models, prototypes or on the systems and equipment itself in order to test their strength and capabilities under normal and extreme conditions.
- Write inspection reports: Write the results and conclusions of the inspection in a clear and intelligible way. Log the inspection’s processes such as contact, outcome, and steps taken.
- Use technical documentation: Understand and use technical documentation in the overall technical process.
Optional knowledge and skills
This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of vessel engine inspector. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.
- Engineering principles: The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.
Optional skills and competences
These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of vessel engine inspector. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.
- Act as contact person during equipment incident: Act as the person to be contacted when an equipment incident occurs. Participate in the investigation by providing insights.
- Prepare audit activities: Prepare an audit plan including both pre-audits and certification audits. Communicate with the different processes in order to implement the improvement actions that lead to certification.
- Record test data: Record data which has been identified specifically during preceding tests in order to verify that outputs of the test produce specific results or to review the reaction of the subject under exceptional or unusual input.
- Issue licences: Issue official documentation which grants licence holders with official permission to perform certain activities, after having investigated the application and processed the necessary documentation.
- Perform test run: Perform tests putting a system, machine, tool or other equipment through a series of actions under actual operating conditions in order to assess its reliability and suitability to realise its tasks, and adjust settings accordingly.
- Inspect vessel: Inspect vessels to ensure their effective and safe operation. Keep the vessel and its equipment in conformance to regulations.
- Re-assemble engines: Re-assemble transport equipment engines after overhaul, inspection, repair, maintenace or cleaning according to blueprints and technical plans.
- Supervise staff: Oversee the selection, training, performance and motivation of staff.
- Maintain test equipment: Maintain equipment used for testing the quality of systems and products.
- Supervise work: Direct and supervise the day-to-day activities of subordinate personnel.
- Manage maintenance operations: Oversee maintenance activities, making sure that staff is following procedures and ensuring routine and periodic refurbishment and maintenance activities.
- Liaise with engineers: Collaborate with engineers to ensure common understanding and discuss product design, development and improvement.
- Send faulty equipment back to assembly line: Send equipment that didn’t pass inspection back to the assembly line for re-assembly.
- Disassemble engines: Disassemble internal combustion engines, generators, pumps, transmissions and other components of mechanical equipment.
- Position engine on test stand: Position the engine on a stand or in a cell, ready for testing, by using a hoist or overhead crane.
- Evaluate engine performance: Read and comprehend engineering manuals and publications; test engines in order to evaluate engine performance.
- Lead inspections: Lead inspections and the protocol involved, such as introducing the inspection team, explaining the purpose of the inspection, performing the inspection, requesting documents, asking appropriate questions, and maintaining a high level of professionalism when investigating subjects.
ISCO group and title
3115 – Mechanical engineering technicians
- Vessel engine inspector – ESCO