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Second Assistant Engineer

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Position: Second Assistant Engineer
Date: 02/2013
Position Code: 8026
EEO Code: 203

Job Summary

Reporting to the Chief Engineer, is responsible for the proper operation, maintenance, condition, and safety of engine room equipment, machinery, and spaces; and is Engineering Watch Officer at sea.

Major Duties

Maintains the safe and efficient operation of engines, auxiliary and plant machinery, generators, motors, fuel oil system, including maintaining the Oily Water Separator, keeping the Oil Record Book updated and maintaining the water making equipment.

Is responsible for the proper operation, condition, and economy of the fuel oil system, including monitoring gauges and repairing equipment. Supervises bunkering and fuel oil transfer, and pumps ballast. 

Assists, while in port, with maintenance and repair of engine room equipment and spaces, and in loading freshwater and bunkers. Keeps a log of all watch operations and conditions, including unusual occurrences and emergency signals. 

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

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 two 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, and electronic mail programs. Prefer experience on similar research vessel. Prefer Second Assistant Engineer experience on similar research vessel.

Candidates must have a high level of training as evidenced by a U.S. Coast Guard License, preferably Second Assistant Engineer Unlimited Horsepower, Motor Vessels. Minimum licensing for R/V Knorr is Second Assistant Engineer 3000 Horsepower, Motor Vessels or Third Assistant Engineer Unlimited Horsepower, Motor Vessels, pending demonstration of experience and proficiency to Master and Chief Engineer; and R/V Atlantis requires Second Assistant Engineer, 6000 Horsepower, Oceans, Motor Vessels. 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, an in-depth under-standing 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