Tasks and duties

  • Monitoring and inspecting performance of equipment for efficient operation and ensuring that boiler water, chemicals and fuel are maintained at required levels
  • Firing coal furnaces by hand or with stokers and gas- or oil-fed boilers, using automatic gas feeds or oil pumps
  • Analysing and recording instrument readings, troubleshooting and performing minor repairs to prevent equipment or system failure
  • Operating and maintaining off-loading liquid pumps and valves
  • Testing boiler water quality or arranging for testing, adjusting and taking necessary corrective action, such as adding chemicals to prevent corrosion and harmful deposits
  • Monitoring ship’s engine, machinery and equipment indicators, recording variables and reporting abnormalities to the ship's engineer officer on watch
  • Operating, cleaning, lubricating and monitoring steam engines, boilers and auxiliary equipment such as pumps, compressors and air-conditioning equipment to supply and maintain steam and power for buildings, marine vessels or pneumatic tools

    Skill level

    Semi-skilled
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