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#107559 Chief Engineer

Filing Deadline: Wed 1/27/2021

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Under the general direction of the ship's Captain, the Chief Engineer assumes complete charge of the Engineering plant and is responsible for the effective, safe operation of all ship's engineering equipment, the vessel’s propulsion system, and all auxiliary machinery and spaces. The Chief Engineer is responsible for the proper operation, maintenance, and inspection of the main and auxiliary machinery and electrical, mechanical, and safety equipment of the vessel. Assigns and supervises the work of engine department personnel. Under emergency situations as defined by the ship’s Captain, performs jobs as deemed necessary. As a senior manager, represents the institution’s best interest.


*Demonstrated knowledge of the proper operation and maintenance of diesel engines for propulsion and auxiliary power and related shipboard equipment and systems.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the proper operation and maintenance of ancillary engine room equipment and systems. Ability to troubleshoot and diagnose symptoms of impending equipment malfunction or failure and take positive action. Equipment includes, but is not limited to, water makers, sewage treatment plant, fuel/oil transfer systems, ballast systems, HVAC, and electrical systems.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of university, state, federal and international maritime practices for ship operation and maintenance

  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal regulations relevant to maritime operations.

  • Solid interpersonal and communications skills, both verbally and in writing, to a diverse group of people.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of office software, stability, and inventory and database management systems

  • Solid supervisory skills to hire, train, evaluate, discipline and organize work for subordinate staff.

  • Solid math skills to calculate and project fuel oil steaming rates and lube oil consumption and to perform / supervise engineering procurement procedures.

  • Solid seamanship skills (knots, line-handling, general shipboard maintenance and care, preparation / preservation of steel surfaces, operation of deck equipment, winches, etc.).

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Fire, Emergency and Abandon Ship drills and procedures.

  • Demonstrated experience detecting and recognizing symptoms of impending malfunction or failure and take positive action. Proven knowledge and experience troubleshooting and diagnosing existing and developing problems with machinery and systems and take positive action to restore equipment to normal operating condition.

  • Verbal and written command of the English language.

  • Skill to establish and maintain good work rapport and courteous professional relationships with a diverse group of people. Must possess:

  • U.S. Coast Guard Chief Engineer Unlimited license.

  • U.S. Coast Guard Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW95), Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD).

  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) issued by Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

  • U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariners Document (MMD) or Credential (MMC).

  • Other endorsements may be required.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

  • Ability and willingness to go to sea for extended periods of time.

  • Ability to pass physical examination and U.S. Coast Guard (DOT) regulations for Chemical Drug and Alcohol pre-employment screening and post-employment random testing.

  • U.S. Passport

Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce.

This position is eligible for full benefits first day of hire:
a) Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
b) Vacation/holidays (15 vacation days & 13 paid holidays a year)
c) Work/Life Balance
d) Life insurance
e) UC Retirement Plan
f) Pet Insurance

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$6,575-$10,783 / Month
Rosecrans Street
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Variable, 8 hrs/day, M-F in home port; variable at sea