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Engineer Officers, Water Transport  (NOC 2274)
Southern Region
Description |  Titles |  Duties |   Related Occupations

Engineer officers, water transport, operate and maintain main engines, machinery and auxiliary equipment aboard ships and other self-propelled vessels and supervise and co-ordinate the activities of engine room crews. They are employed by marine transportation companies and federal government departments including the armed forces.

chief engineer – water transport, engineer officer – water transport, fourth engineer, marine engineer officer, marine engineer officer – military, second engineer, third engineer, tugboat engineer.

Engineer officers, water transport, perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Operate main engines, machinery and all auxiliary equipment aboard ships, such as boilers, steering and deck machinery, motors, pumps, generators and condensers
  • Stand engine room watch, monitoring and noting performance of engines, machinery and all auxiliary equipment
  • Inspect and conduct maintenance and emergency repair to engines, machinery and all auxiliary equipment
  • Supervise and co-ordinate activities of engine room crew
  • Maintain records and prepare reports on engine performance and failures.
Included Cities in Region | Service Canada Offices

Bridgewater, Digby, Lunenburg, Shelburne, Yarmouth

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Outlook & Prospects for Engineer Officers, Water Transport in Southern Region

The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.

Provincial Employment Potential Information

The following table identifies employment conditions within Nova Scotia.

Limited : LimitedFair : FairGood : Good
Table on the employment potential for Engineer Officers, Water Transport in Southern Region as well as in the rest of the Nova Scotia.
Location Employment Potential Release Date
Annapolis Valley Region Limited   (1 of 3 stars) 2011-06-21
Cape Breton Region Good   (3 of 3 stars) 2011-10-05
Halifax Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2011-06-15
North Shore Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2011-06-09
Southern Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2011-09-08

Provincial / Territorial Labour Market News

Week of Apr 07 - Apr 11, 2014
  • Analyze Re, a Halifax-based company offering software and data analysis, hopes to create up to 50 jobs over the next six years, with the assistance of a provincial government payroll-rebate program. The company currently has 13 employees, and hopes to expand in the areas of technical support and business development.
  • The Nova Scotia government has opened three preschool early-years centres in the province, one in Sydney Mines, Monastery, and Halifax. A fourth is expected to open in Yarmouth in the Fall, with others expected to open eventually.
  • The Canadian military will construct a new armory in Bedford and new living quarters at CFB Halifax. The multi-million-dollar project will create 380 jobs, and contracts have been awarded to PCL Constructors Canada, and Aecon and SLI in Halifax.
  • Ressources Appalaches plans to begin producing gold at its underground mine in Port Dufferin by the end of April, and will employ 75 people when in full production over the coming months. Meanwhile, gold production is tentatively planned to begin at the open-pit Moose River Gold Mines in late 2015 or 2016.
  • Eleven positions at CBC Halifax have been cut, as part of a national reduction. Many of the positions are in the design department, where props are constructed for television shows. A web design position has also been affected, and further cuts could arise in the coming weeks in sales and communications.
  • BioCycive, a small Silicon Valley-based pharmaceutical research company will establish its research development headquarters in Halifax. Research workers with the company will arrive within weeks, and additional researchers and technicians may be brought in or hired locally as work continues.
  • While most school boards across Nova Scotia have experienced declining enrolments over the last decade, the Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial has seen the number of students rise by 24% over the same period. The Acadian and francophone school board operates 21 schools across the province.
  • Lynda.com, a California-based on-line education company offering training in software technology has bought Halifax-based Complir, a software coding and development company. Complir focuses on core programming languages related to modern applications, and will continue to grow its Halifax operations as a service of lynda.com.
  • The Nova Scotia government plans to invest about $50M to upgrade heating systems in low-income homes over the next 10 years
Week of Mar 31 - Apr 04, 2014
  • BJ Electric Motor and Control Ltd. has opened a shop in Burnside, its second location in the Halifax Metro area. The company focuses on sales and service of electric motors and parts, and has grown from four to 23 employees in 20 years.
  • I Love Pho, a Vietnamese restaurant, will open in the coming weeks on the Bedford Highway in Halifax. Meanwhile, the Estia Restaurant on Spring Garden Road in Halifax has closed due to business slowdowns, resulting in the layoff of 15 workers. The Red Fox Bar and Grill, on Bayers Road in Halifax, has closed as well.
  • Construction of the new Burger King on Starrs Road in Yarmouth is nearly finished, and the restaurant, employing 50 people, will open in April
  • Nurse Next Door Home Care Services has opened in Halifax, and hopes to expand across Nova Scotia. According to the provincial Department of Health and Wellness, home nursing visits in Nova Scotia have grown by 64% since 2006, while non-nursing home support care visits have grown by 40%.
  • Macdonald, Dettwiler and Associates has agreed to a $16M four-year extension and expansion of their contract to provide submarine simulator support to the Royal Canadian Navy in Dartmouth
  • Nurses at the Capital District Health Authority in Halifax went on strike for 24 hours over their demand for higher nurse-to-patient ratios, but were ordered back to work upon the introduction of legislation which forces health-care unions and employers in Nova Scotia to designate essential services before a strike
  • Polycorp Group is preparing to construct a 380-unit, four-building condominium complex as part of the Long Lake Village development in the Cowie Hill and Northwest Arm Drive area of Halifax
Week of Mar 24 - Mar 28, 2014
  • Slyce, a Toronto-based IT firm which integrates image recognition software with retailer mobile phone apps, will hire about 60 people over the coming weeks in the Sydney area and hopes to be operating by May. The company needs technical workers and support staff.
  • Eight of the 19 dietitians to be hired by Loblaw Companies Ltd. in Atlantic Canada Superstore and Dominion locations will be in Nova Scotia. The dietitians will provide customer service and advice, and will be hired between April and June.
  • The Body Shop, featuring skincare, makeup, and related products, will open in the spring in the Truro Mall
  • Two adjacent hotels, a 135-room Homewood Suites and a 181-room Hampton Inn, will open for business before the summer on the old Citadel Inn site in downtown Halifax. The hotels, owned by SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts of Vancouver, will employ about 100 people together at peak season, including 20 former Citadel Inn workers.
  • Windsor-based machine shop Quality Machining Services Ltd. indicates it may expand in the next year, and add six to eight jobs to its workforce of about 45. According to the owner, good machinists are hard to find, and are very employable.
  • Halifax-based Bluenose Seafood Inc. has failed in its bid to purchase the Blue Wave Seafoods Inc. fish plant in Port Mouton and save the jobs of 70 workers. Blue Wave had closed the plant in the fall of 2013.
  • Lunenburg-based Composite Atlantic Ltd. has signed a multi-year contract which extends its relationship with Bombardier to fabricate composite parts for that company's aircraft. The deal will help maintain Composite's workforce of 370 in Nova Scotia, and some positions may eventually be added.
  • About $4M will be spent on repairs and upgrades to social housing units in Nova Scotia through investments from the Canada-Nova Scotia Social Housing Agreement. Work is expected to get underway soon.
Week of Mar 17 - Mar 21, 2014
  • Several new positions are being created with the opening of a new health care centre at the Queens General Hospital in Liverpool. They would include half-time positions for a pharmacist, a dietician, and an IT specialist, as well as full-time positions for a cleaner and a plant worker (operations/maintenance).
  • At least four employees will be required for the newly-formed Valley Regional Enterprise Network, including an executive director, economic development officers, and support staff. No decision has been reached upon location for the employees.
  • Bible Hill-based TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture Ltd. will construct a large-scale, indoor farm somewhere in the Halifax area to grow fresh produce. The company is currently seeking a director, who will supervise 10 to 15 workers.
  • Intergy, the company which will run the reservation system for the new Yarmouth to Maine ferry, is in the process of hiring. Original projections had called for six to eight workers in Yarmouth, but the plan now is to hire up to 16 full and part-time seasonal workers. Customer service and communication skills, bilingual ability, and a hospitality background are preferred.
  • Acadian Seaplants, a Dartmouth-based company which produces commercial seaweed products, expects to add about 30 new jobs over a three-year expansion project, including some in marketing. The company has plants in Cornwallis, Yarmouth, and Charlesville, and employs more than 200 people in Nova Scotia, where most of the jobs will be added.
  • Structube, a home furnishing retailer, has opened its first Nova Scotia location, in Dartmouth Crossing
  • PVP Bar & Gaming Lounge, serving food and drink, has opened on Lower Water Street in Halifax
  • The Dancing Goat, a café and bakery business, has closed its two locations in North East Margaree and Inverness. While sales surpassed projections, there were other financial challenges which caused the closures.
  • Construction could begin in April on a new $2.7M Digby area health clinic. A tender has been awarded to Garland Construction of Tusket, and work should take about 10 months.
  • Nova Scotia saw a 3% drop in the number of overnight visitors in 2013 compared to 2012, although the total room nights sold were stable. Nova Scotia visitation numbers have dropped by about 9% in the past 10 years, compared to an 18% drop nationally.
  • According to the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia, the microbrewery industry in the province continues to grow and new businesses open on a regular basis, particularly in rural Nova Scotia
  • The 140 call-centre workers at Nova Scotia Power in Halifax have voted against joining Local 1928 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and will remain non-unionized. The union represents about 800 workers with the utility.
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