Marine engineers are in low demand due to:
- reduced international trade in products such as coal, oil and logs
- weak growth in commercial fishing in New Zealand.
There are better chances for marine engineers on international cruise ships and superyachts due to an increase in passenger numbers.
According to the Census, 1,374 marine engineers worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Longer term outlook for marine engineers is positive
Marine engineers are predicted to be in demand in the longer term due to:
- high turnover due to long periods at sea, which creates demand for new staff
- the expected increases in international trade, and in cruise ship and superyacht voyages.
However, this role can be affected by economic conditions. A downturn in trade, fishing or leisure travel can lower demand for marine engineers.
Types of employers varied
Employers of marine engineers include:
- shore-based marine engineering companies
- fishing companies
- coastal shipping companies
- oil and gas industry companies
- cruise ship companies
- superyacht owners
- Royal New Zealand Navy.