Are you interest in becoming a marine technician? It is always a good idea to do your research before you commit to anything, career-wise. So the pertinent question now is, “What does a Marine Electrician do?” What are the responsibilities that go with this job title, and how good can I be at it? In this article, we take a look at the different responsibilities that go with the job of being a marine electrician.
Onshore and Offshore Work
The job responsibilities of a marine electrician are not limited by whether or not the ship they are responsible for is in transit or not. In fact, it may be said that a marine electrician’s job can be divided into onshore and offshore work.
While offshore, marine electricians are responsible for the proper functioning, maintenance, and possible troubleshooting of electrical systems, wiring, and the various electrical equipment on board the ship. While onshore, on the other hand, they are responsible for making sure that any major repairs, equipment replacement, purchasing of new parts, and various other power and electrical responsibilities that can only be done while on land, are performed immediately and efficiently. This requires extensive training, knowledge, and experience.
Diagnosing and Troubleshooting wiring, fixtures, and various equipment
Marine electricians are responsible for the proper functioning of electrical systems and the various electrical fixtures and equipment that are onboard the ship. To be able to do this, they need to have familiarity with these different types of equipment to be able to diagnose any problems, malfunctions or anomalies in how these electrical wiring and equipment are working. Once diagnosed, they also need to know how to address the various issues and problems these would pose, and how to work with various electrical tools, power tools, testing equipment to troubleshoot these problems, all the while maintaining proper safety precautions.
Unlike electricians that practice their profession in the more common land-based infrastructures like homes and buildings, however, marine electricians need to be able to work within the unique setting of a ship. This involves the ability to read blueprints, a familiarity with passage pipes and tubing, the location of wiring within partition or walls, and to install and maintain proper electrical systems for powerboats or sailboats that are also part of the ship’s overall equipment. Not only that, being able to function effectively on a ship requires being able to navigate the unique structure of a ship. They may not need to climb electrical poles, but they would need to be able to work from ladders, scaffolds, or from roofs to do their work. Being able to do all these things require expertise as well as the physical condition to climb to high places, work in confined spaces, or to lift heavy objects.
Ensure electrical safety for the rest of the crew and passengers
Nobody can deny that electricity and water make for a dangerous mix, and so the unique setting of a fully functioning electrical system on a ship that is located on the water and is exposed to so the natural elements makes electrical safety of paramount concern. Mostly this can be done by regular maintenance of electrical wiring and equipment, the proper location of the same, and immediate response should there be any trouble on board. Should difficulties be posed, for instance, by a storm, water damage or leaks, or even flooding on board, the marine electrician needs to be able to respond quickly to ensure that the safety of both the crew and the passengers are not endangered unnecessarily.
This means that marine electricians must have the skill and the presence of mind to do their work even in adverse conditions or during an emergency. And should there be any electrical accidents, the ability to provide first aid relief immediately. The ability to respond effectively to emergencies also includes the ability to operate emergency measures onboard, floodlights, generators, flares, or the operation of emergency rafts or boats.
Should the marine electrician be tasked with the proper functioning of the electrical system of a large ship, it would be unreasonable to expect him to do the work for the entire ship all by himself. More often than not, he would be in charge of an electrical crew, and the responsibility for the electrical system lies on the entire crew’s shoulders. The marine electrician, therefore, has to have leadership abilities to communicate his expectations to his crew and to expect them to perform the duties assigned to them. Proper communication abilities, the facility of directing others to perform relevant tasks, and to be able to see the entirety of what needs to be done, while also having the expertise for smaller tasks – all these things together comprise a good portion of the job responsibilities of a marine electrician.
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