A chief engineer is often referred to by his title, “ChEn”, “ChEu”, or “Cheng”. These names are commonly used by sailors, and not by anyone involved in the military. A chief engineer is the senior engine officer of a vessel, usually a commercial passenger ship, and has the ultimate responsibility and authority over that department.
There are two major types of engineers on any large commercial ship. The first type is the captain, who has the rank and responsibility of steering the ship. The second type of engineer is the first officer, who manages the ship's operations and its maintenance, as well as any other tasks assigned to him by the chief engineer. The first officer is generally the one responsible for steering and maintaining the vessel in the water.
The chief engineer's duties are quite extensive. A ChEng also plays an important role in the daily operational activities of a vessel. He or she is in charge of keeping track of all of the ship's systems, equipment, and data. He or she is also the main source of ship information, including important safety reports, and reporting to the higher-ranking officers on changes or emergencies that may occur. The chief engineer is also the main authority in making decisions that will affect the overall effectiveness of the ship.
To be a ChEng, one must have a bachelor's degree in an appropriate engineering or science discipline. There are specific classes that one can take to meet this requirement, although most schools these days offer a general engineering class. Many colleges that offer this course require that the student be at least 16 years old, though some may consider any student with sufficient computer skills acceptable. In addition, if you already hold a Master's degree in another discipline, you may qualify to become a ChEng even if you have not completed your previous bachelor's degree in this area.
Most schools that offer engineering schools also offer a two-year program for engineers that have many courses in areas such as Marine Technology, Materials Science and Engineering, Management, Navigation and Maintaining Ships, and Vessels, etc. All students of these courses take part in a main series of assignments that are normally conducted in a two-week schedule. The programs of study of these engineering schools may vary depending on the requirements of each school, but all of the programs are similar in that students will be taught how to design and build large ships.
There are many engineering schools in the United States and internationally, and many . . . . . . are available online. It is possible to enroll in these online schools from anywhere in the world because there are no fixed times for classes to take. In the past, classes have often been conducted on college campuses but more classes are now being held over the Internet. This means that you can attend your class whenever it suits your schedule and make it easy on yourself.