Machine driver - Salary and Career
Marine and waterway machinery technicians

Machine driver - 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 earn

A Machine driver earns between $1.328 and $5.387 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.438 and a median salary of $2.250 according to an 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 1.374 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Machine driver

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.438 29.254 609 12
1º Quartile 1.328 15.941 332 6
Median Salary 2.250 27.000 563 11
3º Quartile 4.108 49.297 1.027 20
Higher Salary 5.387 64.640 1.347 26

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

Marine and waterway machinery technicians must:

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

  • Activities

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

    Sectors that hire Machine driver the most in the job market

    • saltwater fishing
    • maritime support navigation
    • road transport of cargo, except dangerous goods and removals, intercity, interstate and international
    • manufacture of canned fish, crustaceans and molluscs
    • saltwater crustacean and mollusc fishing
    • port support navigation
    • temporary labor lease
    • terminal operations
    • operation services and supply of equipment for transporting and lifting loads and people for use in works
    • wholesale of fish and seafood

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