On-board electrician - Salary and Career
Marine and waterway machinery technicians

On-board electrician - 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 On-board electrician earn

A On-board electrician earns between $1.344 and $8.129 per month, with an average monthly salary of $3.086 and a median salary of $2.381 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 191 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the On-board electrician

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 3.086 37.028 771 15
1º Quartile 1.344 16.130 336 7
Median Salary 2.381 28.572 595 12
3º Quartile 6.200 74.399 1.550 31
Higher Salary 8.129 97.554 2.032 40


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 On-board electrician

Marine and waterway machinery technicians must:

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

  • Activities

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


    Sectors that hire On-board electrician the most in the job market

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