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NOC Code: NOC Code: 7532b Occupation: Water transport engine room crew
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Workers in this unit group assist ship engineer officers to operate, maintain and repair engines, machinery and auxiliary equipment aboard ships or self-propelled vessels. They are employed by marine transportation companies and federal government departments including the armed forces. Workers in this unit group assist ship engineer officers to operate, maintain and repair engines, machinery and auxiliary equipment aboard ships or self-propelled vessels. They are employed by marine transportation companies and federal government departments including the armed forces.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2 3
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Money Math Money Math 1
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2


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Reading
  • Read specifications for equipment. (1)
  • Read memos and Standing Orders from the chief engineer concerning operational procedures. (2)
  • Read technical journals for information on engines. (2)
  • Read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to find out about the hazards associated with particular oils and solvents. (3)
  • Read safety procedures for emergencies at sea and for confined space entry. (3)
  • Read diesel service and repair manuals to find information which will assist in engine repairs. (3)
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Writing
  • Write log entries to record activities such as "Bilge pump running. Sucking from starboard tank". (1)
  • Write notes as reminders of tasks to be done. (1)
  • Write requests for materials and the justification for the request. (2)
  • Write memos to the chief engineer describing work in progress or outlining repairs. (2)
  • Write memos to officers to convince them of ways to improve the operation of equipment such as pumps. (3)
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Document Use
  • Complete Engine Room Maintenance forms to keep track of maintenance functions which have been performed. (1)
  • Complete log entries to record temperature and pressure readings. (1)
  • Read Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) labels and identification labels on pipes, gauges, tanks, pumps and gears. (1)
  • Read lists of equipment which has arrived for repair and inventory lists for engine room stores. (1)
  • Obtain information from pictures in the repair manuals. (2)
  • Complete forms such as the Engine Room Maintenance Record and the Fuel Bunkering Procedures form. (2)
  • Read measurement conversion charts to convert gas reservoir volume from imperial to metric measurements. (2)
  • Read multi-column tables which indicate the type of oil to use for various applications. (2)
  • Read plans of the ship's layout to locate rooms and equipment. (2)
  • Read assembly drawings and schematic diagrams for electronic equipment. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use word processing. For example, type memos. (2)
  • Use a spreadsheet. For example, produce tables. (2)
  • Use a database. For example, look up the location of parts required for repairs in a supply inventory database. The electrical code may be accessed through a CD ROM database. (2)
  • Use computer controlled equipment such as a computerized Program Logic Control (PLC) system to maintain a watch on alarm and propulsion systems and to do remote reading of gauges, pressure levels and flow rates. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Radio to an assistant to communicate when to start pumping fuel. (1)
  • Communicate with co-workers in the engine room to co-ordinate activities and to discuss faults detected in fuel systems. (1)
  • Listen to and respond to orders from supervisors such as the senior engineer. (1)
  • When necessary, deliver detailed report of operational problems to ship's officers. (2)
  • Interact with mechanics to discuss mechanical problems in the engine room. (2)
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Money Math
  • Make purchases from petty cash, recording the tax and providing change to the petty cash fund. (1)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Read pump and fuel level gauges to check their readings in relation to required standards. (1)
  • Measure the width of plates and the length of pipes when repairing machinery. (1)
  • Calculate the quantity of materials to be ordered for repairs to generators. (1)
  • Calculate the volume of tanks and of irregularly-shaped containers. (3)
  • Use specialized measuring equipment such as micrometers and vernier calipers to measure engine and pump parts precisely. (3)
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Data Analysis
  • Calculate the rate of fuel consumption using gauge readings from the water compensated fuel tank and several formulae. (2)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the amount of oil which is escaping from a leak in a pipe. (1)
  • Estimate the heat generated by a motor which does not have a temperature gauge. (1)
  • Estimate the time required to carry out maintenance and repair operations. For example, estimate the time required to pump water from the bilge. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Engine room crew, water transport, receive general work instructions from senior engineering officers. They prioritize their own work tasks, co-ordinating closely with other engine room crew and with crew in several other departments. Because of the range of persons with whom they must co-ordinate tasks, scheduling of activities may be complex. They plan maintenance functions several days ahead and organize their activities so that gauges and machinery throughout the ship are monitored through a series of rounds. Sudden malfunctioning of machinery frequently interrupts the regular rhythm of the work day, but responsibility for effecting repairs lies mainly with the chief engineer who organizes how the repair will be carried out. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide whether to repair an oil leak or report it to a senior officer. (1)
  • Decide whether a malfunction of an engine, fan, boiler or bilge pump is serious enough to call the senior engineer or whether to coax the equipment along for a period of time until it is convenient to carry out repairs. (2)
  • Decide when to call the bridge to request the shutdown of a malfunctioning propulsion motor. (2)
  • Decide whether equipment should be repaired or replaced. (3)
  • Decide whether to extinguish a small engine room fire or to raise the fire alarm. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • There is no suction on the bilge pump. Check to find if a valve is open somewhere or if the bilge strainer has been improperly secured. (1)
  • A "knocking noise" is heard. Diagnose the cause by checking valves, water pipes and injectors. (2)
  • An alarm has been tripped when the power was switched from one engine to another. Turn the power back to the first engine, then search for the source of the problem. The mechanical valve may have been incorrectly set, stopping water from transferring as required. (2)
  • An unknown source of water in the ship. Determine if there is a leak in piping or in the cooling water tank. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Consult the ship's supply officer or a computerized database to find out if replacement parts for machinery are on board the ship. (1)
  • Look in a file drawer to find schematic drawings for water, bilge, oil or refrigeration systems. (1)
  • Refer to numerous sections in a variety of manuals to find details on how to repair ship machinery. Often it is necessary to cross reference information from several sources. (2)
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