The duties performed by Enginemen include aligning piping systems for oil, water, and air for controlling the operation of diesel engines used for ship propulsion and service systems, and controlling operation of diesel generators used to produce electrical power. They clean, adjust, test and perform other preventive maintenance on a ship's auxiliary boilers, main engines, diesel generators and other auxiliary machinery including steering engines, elevators, winches, pumps and associated valves. ENs operate and maintain desalinization plants (distilling plants) to make fresh water from sea water, and they maintain refrigeration plants, air conditioning systems and galley equipment. They repair or replace valves, pumps, heat exchangers, compressors, steam turbines and hydraulic or pneumatic control devices. ENs can also operate and maintain small boats. They make entries in and analyze machinery operating records and reports.
Military Duties Translated:
Operate engines, boilers, and auxiliary equipment. Read gauges, meters, and charts to track boiler operations. Monitor boiler water, chemical, and fuel levels. Activate valves to change the amount of water, air, and fuel in boilers. Fire coal furnaces or feed boilers, using gas feeds or oil pumps. Inspect equipment to ensure that it is operating efficiently. Check safety devices routinely. Record data and keep logs of operation, maintenance, and safety activity.