Human Resources

Chief Engineer

Position: Chief Engineer
Date: 02/2013
Position Code: 8021
EEO Code: 103

Job Summary

Reporting to the Master, is head of the Engine Department and is responsible for personnel and the proper operation, maintenance, and safety of the vessel's propulsion system and all auxiliary machinery and spaces. As a senior manager, represents the Institution's best interests.

Major Duties

Is responsible for the proper operation, maintenance, and inspection of main and auxiliary machinery, and electrical, mechanical, and safety equipment under jurisdiction. Determines effective repairs, monitors maintenance, and reports defects that may affect ship's performance to Master. Advises Master of matters relating to machinery usage and overall economy of operation. Reports failures that affect science operations to Port Office.

Assigns and supervises work of engine department personnel, including fair allocation of leave and working hours, and proper scheduling of vacations. Keeps Master informed of department's condition, and conduct and reliability of engine personnel. Is responsible for the safety of the engine department crew.

Orders, receives, and maintains proper inventory of spare parts and supplies; supervises bunkering, Ensures economy of fuel and consumable supplies, and monitors fuel and water daily.

Sets engine room watches, specifies duties, and ensures a properly maintained watch.

Performs other duties as required.

Desired Education/Experience for Hiring

Bachelor's degree from an accredited sea service academy and five years sea duty as an engineering officer with one year as Chief Engineer or two years as First Assistant Engineer, 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 experience on similar research vessel.

Candidates must have a high level of training as evidenced by a U.S. Coast Guard license, preferably Chief Engineer Unlimited Horsepower, Motor Vessels. Minimum licensing for R/V Knorr is Chief Engineer 3000 Horsepower, Motor Vessels; R/V Atlantis requires unlimited Chief Engineer, 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 understanding of the proper operation and maintenance of ship's engines and related equipment, and use good safety practices and procedures.

Last updated: March 11, 2013