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DFO  N. Letendre

When you think ship, what employment corps do you spontaneously think of? The captain and the sailors, of course, but we often forget that a whole range of skill sets is needed to keep a Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker running, including that of the marine engineering officer.

Marine engineering officers must be able to operate, maintain and repair the mechanical equipment and engine room systems, which include diesel engines, generators, propulsion gear, hydraulic, refrigeration and pumping systems, vessel command systems, compressed air circuits, wastewater treatment and potable water production systems, etc. Their work is essential and without them, crews would have no choice but to stay at the wharf!

A career in this field calls for good manual dexterity and a marked interest for science and technological equipment. In addition to supervising engine room personnel, the marine engineering officer must be able to quickly spot the causes of a breakdown and react effectively. The work at sea lasts 14 to 42 days, and is followed by an equivalent rest period with full remuneration.

To work for the Canadian Coast Guard, a marine engineering officer must have a bachelor’s degree in nautical science and a certificate of fourth class engineer, motor ships obtained after completing paid studies in marine engineering at the Canadian Coast Guard College in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Are you interested in a career as a marine engineering officer with the Canadian Coast Guard? You have until January 31, 2011 to apply for the Officer training program.

Officer training program
Public Service Commission of Canada

Marine engineering training
Canadian Coast Guard College

Join the Canadian Coast Guard
Canadian Coast Guard Web site

Canadian Coast Guard College
Canadian Coast Guard Web site

Nathalie Letendre