Human Resources

Third Assistant Engineer

Position: Third Assistant Engineer
Date: 02/2013
Position Code: 8028
EEO Code: 203

Job Summary

Reporting to Chief Engineer, is responsible for the proper operation of the main propulsion and ship's service generators and, during watch, of the main engines; also supervises un-licensed watch stander.

Major Duties

Checks cleaning, lubrication, and routine maintenance of all machinery and electrical equipment.


For the R/V Atlantis also included is maintenance of the Launch and Recovery System (LARS) for the Alvin.

Cleans engine room bilges, strainers in lubricating system, and all water pumps, tanks, and connected systems. Ensures safety devices are in proper working condition.

Assists, while in port, with supervision, 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.

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

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

Performs other duties as required.

Desired Education/Experience for Hiring

Bachelor's degree from an accredited sea service academy and one year 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 Third 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 Third Assistant Engineer Unlimited Horsepower, Motor Vessels. Minimum licensing for R/V Knorr is Third Assistant Engineer 3000 Horsepower, Motor Vessels; and R/V Atlantis requires Third Assistant Engineer 6000 Horsepower, Limited Oceans, Motor Vessels. In addition, 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 Credentials.

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 demonstrate good safety practices and procedures.

Last updated: March 11, 2013