Machine driver (mechanic) - Salary and Career
Marine and waterway machinery technicians

Machine driver (mechanic) - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They drive boat propulsion engines, operate machinery section equipment, perform equipment maintenance, load and unload liquid cargo. They record data and coordinate services of the machinery section, control consumables and spares and perform maintenance services of the machinery section/pump house.

How much does an Machine driver (mechanic) earn

A Machine driver (mechanic) earns between $1.301 and $8.935 per month, with an average monthly salary of $3.044 and a median salary of $2.000 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 29 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Machine driver (mechanic)

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 3.044 36.531 761 14
1º Quartile 1.301 15.616 325 6
Median Salary 2.000 24.000 500 9
3º Quartile 6.814 81.771 1.704 31
Higher Salary 8.935 107.221 2.234 41


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • medium level technicians in transport services
      • technicians in air, sea and river navigation
        • marine and waterway machinery technicians

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Main workplaces

Marine and waterway machinery technicians the positions of this CBO family perform their duties in shipping and waterway transport companies and are hired as salaried workers, with a formal contract. They are organized into work teams, carry out activities with mostly occasional supervision, being able to work in closed environments (such as the machinery section and pump rooms) and at irregular hours and may remain in uncomfortable positions for long periods. They carry out the activities in the condition of work confined in vessels, in a special regime of work and paid rest. They may be subject to stress due to the pressure required by the work, and may be subject to the action of toxic materials, intense noise and high temperatures.


What does it take to work in the field of Marine and waterway machinery technicians

These occupations are carried out by people from high school technical schools, in different areas, recognized by the Ministry of Education, who undergo a second training, through courses given by the Brazilian Navy. The full exercise of functions occurs after a period of five years of professional experience.


Functions and activities of Machine driver (mechanic)

Marine and waterway machinery technicians must:

  • perform machine section/pump room conservation services;
  • perform machinery section/pump room conservation services;
  • register machinery section data;
  • operate machinery section equipment;
  • perform equipment maintenance;
  • perform machine section/pump room maintenance services;
  • loading and unloading liquid cargo;
  • drive vessel propulsion engines;
  • coordinate machinery section services;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • perform engine section/pump room maintenance services;
  • loading and unloading net cargo;
  • log machine section data;
  • load and unload net cargo;
  • load and unload liquid cargo;
  • record machine section data;
  • control consumables and spare materials;
  • drive boat propulsion engines;
  • operate machine section equipment;
  • register machine section data;
  • driving vessel propulsion engines;
  • perform machinery section / pump room conservation services;
  • coordinate machine section services;

  • Activities

    • assist in positioning the ship for berthing (for loading and unloading);
    • trigger the cargo security system;
    • demonstrate physical fitness;
    • register �loading and unloading operations book� data;
    • operate cooling system;
    • test motors, pumps and equipment;
    • request material replacement;
    • monitor voltage and amperage of electrical generators;
    • evaluate performed services;
    • monitor battery pack operation;
    • operate air conditioning system;
    • demonstrate auditory acuity;
    • fill in 'oil log book';
    • assemble and dismantle motors, pumps and equipment;
    • request third party services;
    • positioning pollution prevention equipment;
    • refuel vessels;
    • monitor exhaust and intake gas temperature;
    • package materials and equipment;
    • perform maintenance on vessel lighting system;
    • connect and disconnect the charging hoses;
    • request auxiliaries;
    • demonstrate balance tolerance (vessel);
    • perform valve maneuver (except for loading and unloading);
    • inventory materials;
    • operate desalinators;
    • prepare tanks for storage according to types of cargo;
    • detect leaks;
    • write �machine journal�;
    • record consumption data;
    • operate pumps (except cargo and ballast pump);
    • operate compressors;
    • monitor electrical generation of motor (inductive and capacitive);
    • operate water and oil separators;
    • operate safety and rescue equipment;
    • balader and unballast vessels;
    • guide task execution;
    • monitor temperature of liquid cargo;
    • test sensor operation;
    • record operational control data;
    • adjust injection pump and valves;
    • perform loading and unloading valves maneuver;
    • operate winches;
    • log cathodic protection read data;
    • open and close cargo compartments;
    • connect and disconnect hoses (except loading and unloading);
    • clean the washing air box;
    • trigger the load security system;
    • demonstrate physical agility;
    • check engine rotation;
    • test medium and high voltage equipment;
    • demonstrate tolerance to remain isolated for long periods;
    • choose auxiliaries;
    • remove rust;
    • clean filters, pipes and heat exchangers;
    • operate centrifugal purifiers;
    • install motors, pumps and equipment;
    • perform general emergency maintenance;
    • decarbonize engines and boilers;
    • calculate cargo volume and weight;
    • register 'loading and unloading operations book' data;
    • reverse propulsion engines rotation direction;
    • determine times;
    • test operation of sensors;
    • monitor water, lubricating oil and fuel levels;
    • check drinking water quality;
    • signage of risk and safety areas;
    • use epi;
    • operate water and oil separators;
    • change oils and filters;
    • coordinate environmental pollution prevention activities;
    • balattering and unloading vessels;
    • label materials;
    • work as a team;
    • paint internal bulkheads, ceiling and floor;
    • adjust measurement equipment (temperature and pressure);
    • wash internal bulkheads, ceiling and floor;
    • monitor compressed air, oil and water pressure;
    • monitor tank pressure;
    • request disposal services;
    • operate cooling system;
    • ballast and unballast vessels;
    • distribute tasks;
    • monitor cooling water and lubricating oil temperature;
    • demonstrate initiative;
    • perform refrigeration system maintenance;
    • record maintenance data;
    • demonstrate tolerance for working in confined spaces;
    • demonstrate olfactory ability;
    • record maintenance data;
    • monitor vessel draft;
    • control the amount of fuel and lubricating oils;
    • weld materials and equipment;
    • operate boiler;
    • coordinate supply and transfers between vessels and terminals;
    • remove water from dalas and basements;
    • starting engines;
    • control water quality for engines and boilers;
    • paint engines and equipment;
    • perform maintenance on refrigeration system;
    • collect liquid cargo samples;
    • monitoring electric generator power;
    • changing oils of different densities;
    • check the quality of fuel and lubricating oils;
    • operate septic tank;
    • positioning pollution prevention equipment;
    • perform maintenance on the vessel's communication system;
    • monitor electric motor generation (inductive and capacitive);
    • demonstrate tolerance for work in confined spaces;
    • demonstrate visual acuity;
    • check equipment fastening;
    • monitor levels of liquid cargo tanks;
    • operate lathe and mill;
    • signal of risk and safety areas;
    • assist vessel berthing and unberthing;
    • inspect cargo compartment conditions;
    • lubricate joints, bearings and bearings;
    • control the amount of water;
    • reverse the direction of rotation of propulsion engines;


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