How Do I Become a Marine Supervisor?

Jessica F. Black
Jessica F. Black
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The educational requirements to become a marine supervisor may differ depending on the job but you should consider obtaining a bachelor's degree in marine engineering. Some people gain entrance to this profession through experience and promotions, which may take longer than receiving a degree and is not a guaranteed method to become a marine supervisor. This position is responsible for overseeing all marine operations in various ports including coordinating marine and aviation logistics, maintaining and repairing equipment, and enforcing safety guidelines throughout the port. There are also various technical duties performed by this profession, which is the primary reason that a degree is valuable in this field.

If you choose to work on your bachelor's degree, marine engineering is the most common area of expertise that people in this profession pursue. Coursework in this program may include naval architecture, dynamics of offshore and onshore structures, and coastal engineering. You will also need to enroll in general marine engineering courses including fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and marine design methods. Internships in this particular field may be limited, but there are general marine engineering internships that you may consider applying to. When searching for experience, you should seek opportunities that will allow you to assist a marine supervisor or marine installation manager.

The importance of these experience opportunities is to familiarize yourself with the industry and observe the daily tasks of this position. Most internships will prepare you to become a marine supervisor by permitting you to perform hands-on duties including assisting with repairs and maintenance of machinery, preparing coordination of marine logistics, and participating in safety meetings. An emphasis on safety is important to someone in this position because he or she must be familiar with all safety procedures and convey these guidelines to other employees. You will be trained in safety matters during your internship, which will familiarize you with most of the inner-workings of this industry.

After graduation and completion of internships, you may still be required to train with a hiring company once you become a marine supervisor. Most companies have different requirements depending on the location and type of position. To find employment, you should perform an Internet search in order to find local businesses that require this position. Some areas may require that you complete a certification process to become a marine supervisor. You may want to inquire about qualifications needed to enter this profession from local cruise companies, shipping companies, and other corporations located in ports.

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