Career as a Project Engineer

Wanna Be a Project Engineer?

Do you like overseeing projects? Are you interested in the mechanics of vessels? Then, we may have the job for you!

What do they do?

A project engineer with the Canadian Coast Guard provides shore-based marine engineering services for the region’s fleet of Coast Guard vessels.

A project engineer is the technical authority over vessel projects and deals directly with Public Works and Government Services Canada for issues dealing with ship repair and upkeep. They oversee such projects as refit and dry docking, planning maintenance and handling emergency repairs for vessel systems.

How do I become a Project Engineer?

There are two ways to become project engineer with the Canadian Coast Guard. The first is to attend a post-secondary institution which offers a diploma or degree in Marine Engineering. Programs such as this one are offered in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, at the Marine Institute (MI) and in Sydney, Nova Scotia at the Canadian Coast Guard College.

The second way to become a project engineer is to work your way up through the ranks in the Canadian Coast Guard.

Both routes will require getting job experience in professions such as a marine engineering, in particular, in senior and or chief engineer positions. With the proper amount of sea-time, exams can be written to obtain a Marine Certificate of Competency as a marine engineer, either 1st Class or 2nd Class.

A career as a project engineer requires communications skills because you must develop relationships with clients both inside and outside the department. The ability to plan and implement projects in advance is important as well as evaluating which projects take priority over others.

If you like seeing a project through from beginning to end or like working with vessels, then this may be the job for you!

Openings for jobs with the Canadian Coast Guard are advertised through the Public Service Commission website.

Spotlight on… Brian Mannion, Senior Project Engineer, for Canadian Coast Guard, Integrated Technical Services, Vessel Support

Brian oversees six of the Coast Guard’s 15 vessels in St. John’s, NL.

“If a particular vessel is out of service due to mechanical breakdown it is a great feeling (and a lot of hard work) to arrange the necessary contractors to repair the vessel and get the vessel back in service.” Brian said.

“One interesting story I have seen in my job experience is about the journey of two vessels, the Cape Fox and Cape Norman. They are two 47’ motor life boats weighing approximately 34 tonnes and were built by Victoria Shipyards in British Columbia. These two vessels were actually loaded into another ship on Vancouver Island and then the ship sailed though the Panama Canal to the Port of New York, the reason for this being that the ship could not unload in a Canadian port due to regulations. These two vessels (Cape Fox and Cape Norman) actually sailed under their own power to Dartmouth and then eventually to Newfoundland and Labrador. This was quite a long and interesting journey for these two little vessels!”

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Published By:
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Communications Branch
P.O. Box 5667
St. John’s, NL A1C 5X1

Catalogue Number : Fs154-7/22-2007
ISBN : 978-0-662-49858-2
© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, 2010