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First Assistant Engineer

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Position: First Assistant Engineer
Date: 02/2013
Position Code: 8023
EEO Code: 203

Job Summary

Reporting to the Chief Engineer and assisting with duties, is responsible for the proper operation, maintenance, and safety of all engine department machinery, equipment, and spaces; for the conduct and performance of engine personnel; and for economical use of consumable supplies and stores.

Major Duties

Plans, assigns, and supervises work of engine department personnel; assists the Chief Engineer in planning maintenance and repair schedules with regard to ship's schedule ensuring periodic machine inspections and major repairs are accomplished in port.

Reports condition of engine department equipment, machinery, and personnel; unusual developments; and repair progress. Maintains a machinery log of repair dates, spare parts, and consumable supplies. Monitors engine department, stores and prepares requisitions. Maintains HVAC systems, checks refrigeration plant, and ensures safety devices are in proper working condition

Stands engine room watch, supervises Oiler, and ensures watches are stood properly and orders carried out.

Keeps a log of all watch operations and conditions, including unusual occurrences and emergency signals.

Supervises and assists, while in port, with maintenance and repair of engine room equipment and spaces, and in loading freshwater bunkers.

Proficiency in the following: Diesel engines, electrical maintenance and troubleshooting, electronics, hydraulics, reading of both hydraulic and electrical schematics, HVAC equipment, and air compressors.

Performs other duties as required.

Desired Education/Experience for Hiring

Bachelor's degree from an accredited sea service academy and four years sea duty as an engineering officer; in the absence of a formal degree, equivalent work experience. Candidates must possess computer literacy in the use of word-processing, inventory and database management, ship's stability, and electronic mail programs. Prefer First Assistant Engineer experience on similar research vessel.

Candidates must have a high level of training as evidenced by a U.S. Coast Guard license, preferable First Assistant Engineering Unlimited Horsepower, Motor Vessels. Minimum licensing for R/V Knorr is First Assistant Engineer 3000 Horsepower, Motor Vessels; and R/V Atlantis requires a 6000 Horsepower, Motor Vessels, Oceans. In addition to the above, all licensed officers must have all applicable training as required by the Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 95) and possess a valid U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariners Credential and Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) and hold an unexpired Passport.

Candidates must have good communication and personnel management skills, and in-depth understanding of the proper operation and maintenance of ship's engines and related equipment, and demonstrate good safety practices and procedures.

Last updated: September 5, 2017