The Engineer is a vessel officer who oversees and maintains all operational equipment aboard the boat.  He is responsible for repair and maintenance for all aspects of the engine room to include steering & drive systems, main engines, fueling systems, water and waste systems, and cooling and heating systems, in compliance with all USCG regulations and company policies.


  • Completes various electrical, plumbing, pipe-fitting and heating/air conditioning repairs throughout the generator, upper/lower engine, rudder, pump and electrical rooms and shaft alley.
  • Preforms preventative maintenance and major repairs on diesel engines and associated equipment such as generators, steering systems, and other vessel systems.
  • Repairs and replaces powerpacks, clutches, bearing, seals and other mechanical parts to maintain vessel operations.
  • Reads and understand vessel systems schematics and can identify various systems by color coding.
  • Responsible for the major repair and maintenance of all deck equipment and machinery.
  • Monitors and maintains oil and water levels of equipment and changes engine oil and filters as established in the manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Chips, grinds, and paints engines and engine room systems according to system’s color codes and designated interior colors.
  • Supervises and performs loading and discharge of fuel, bilge, and water and completes fuel and bilge transfers tickets in accordance with USCG requirements.
  • Monitors all alarms & systems including fire suppression systems for proper maintenance.
  • Assists in training crew members in the operation of all firefighting equipment and fire systems aboard the vessel.
  • Assists other mechanical and technical support vendors in performing repairs and servicing of equipment.
  • Regularly tests and monitors fire suppression and firefighting systems.
  • Completes daily and periodic cleaning tasks to include but not limited to trash removal, mopping, scraping, sanding and painting.
  • Maintains engine room and mechanical logs detailing of specific events.
  • Participates and assists in all emergencies and drills.
  • Prepares and cooks meals for crews.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Must be PIC certified
  • 5 years inland decking experience
  • 2 years previous experience as a vessel engineer
  • Basic Computer Skills (Outlook, MS Excel, Word, etc.)


  • Physical, visual and auditory acuity as per USCG 46 CFR 11.463 - 11.465 and USCG Medical NAVIC 04-08
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include depth perception, color vision, peripheral vision, ability to adjust focus.
  • Frequently stands to complete and perform various tasks associated with the daily maintenance and repair of the vessel.
  • Frequently sits to complete various duties associated with tasks such as documentation. and education.
  • Occasionally bends to attain/maintain a forward flexed position of up to 60 degrees to complete various tasks associated with the daily work activities.
  • Regularly rotates torso left and right to perform daily maintenance & repairs.
  • Frequently reaches from a shoulder level height of between 48-60 inches to complete various maintenance and repair tasks.
  • Occasionally grips, pinches and manipulates tools, meters, and instrument switches.
  • Regularly ascends and descends ladders, steps and tow surface levels to transit tows, walkways, and wheelhouse.
  • Regularly kneels, crouches, crawls, squats to complete various tasks in the maintenance and repair of the vessel.
  • Constantly maintains both static and dynamic balance to complete various duties associated with essential job functions necessary in standing, walking and climbing.
  • Occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 75 pounds.
  • Periodically required to maintain balance and stability while transiting from skiff to adjacent barge or tow.
  • May be required to enter and exit barge hatches and vessel crawl spaces in case of an emergency.
  • Occasionally reads and understands English on station bills, manuals, and directions.
  • Occasionally wears a full-face mask respirator when performing painting functions using a spray gun.


  • The standard work schedule for engineers is 28 days on the boat, 14 days off; however, this work schedule may vary depending on the vessel operating schedule.


  • Must be able to work in all types of weather conditions and at any time of day.
  • Must be able to work from a height 18 to 20 feet
  • Must be able to work independently and without direct supervision.
  • Must be able to read, speak and understand English over the telephone and/or radio.
  • The employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts.
  • The employee is regularly exposed to vibration and low-level noise > 90 the work environment.


  • Responsible for all mechanical and system functions aboard the vessel
  • Complies with and enforces the organization’s policies and applicable laws.
  • Responsible for fueling and discharge activities.
  • Responsible for planning and coordinating engineering activities with the Captain.



  • Demonstrates effective verbal communication skills through clear, concise speech.
  • Demonstrates the ability to read and accurately interpret written information such as safety rules, operating and maintenance procedures, and operational manuals,
  • Able to clearly and concisely communicate thoughts and ideas in writing as demonstrated in preparing routine reports and correspondence.
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills by being able to identify central issues without assigning blame and listening while remaining objective.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of non-verbal communication such as facial expressions, gestures, body position and other types of behavior.
  • Provides constructive feedback and receives such feedback in a positive fashion.
  • Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views.


  • Demonstrates creativity, vison, & problem-solving in managing issues.
  • Models appropriate behavior through personal actions.
  • Develops trust by maintaining confidences, keeping commitments and respectful, courtesy interaction.
  • Takes responsibility for own actions and holds others accountable.
  • Demonstrates the ability to adapt to changes in the work environment and reacts in a calm, even tempered manner when under pressure.
  • Follows instructions and responds positively to direction
  • Shows active support of organizational goals and values through enthusiasm and positive reinforcement.
  • Able to effectively develop others through mentoring, training, and making themselves available to crew.
  • Shares expertise with others and strives to continuously build personal knowledge and skills.
  • Balances team and personal responsibilities in order to achieve operational goals.
  • Puts success of crew above own interests by encouraging others to succeed.
  • Able to inspire others to achieve goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrates initiative through self-development activities and seeks & offers help when necessary.
  • Demonstrates effective time management through consistently arriving timely for crew change, watch change, meetings, and appointments, and regularly completes projects and daily tasks in a reasonable, timely fashion.


  • Possesses a comprehensive knowledge of the vessel and all operating systems.
  • Understands and can apply basic hydraulic and pneumatic principles in maintenance and repair of vessel steering systems.
  • Possesses a comprehensive knowledge of diesel mechanics as they relate to marine vessel propulsion.
  • Demonstrates a thorough understanding of diesel generated power systems in relation to operations, repair, and maintenance.
  • Demonstrates a detailed understanding of all vessel systems including fuel, water, electrical, HVAC, bilge & sewage, and other operating vessel systems.
  • Demonstrates thoroughness and detail in logs, records, and reports.

Problem Solving

  • Possesses analytical skills and sound judgement in problem solving and can provide reasonable and thoughtful explanations for decisions.
  • Understands and carry out instructions verbally or in writing, or through diagrams involving concrete variables across situations.
  • Demonstrates innovative, resourceful, and original thinking when generating solutions to novel and regular work processes.
  • Presents ideas and solutions in a manner that inspires confidence and an understanding of the problem and the solution.
  • Can readily assess system issues through basic troubleshooting and insight.


  • Demonstrates the ability to plan and prioritize work activities to achieve established objectives.
  • Can effectively delegate work assignments and aligning work activities to complete projects and repairs.
  • Maintains regular communication to Captain and Operations of changes and work progress.
  • Improves processes and promotes quality through monitoring vessel systems and evaluation of system’s results.
  • Develops and implements cost saving measures that conserve organizational resources.
  • Emphasizes productivity through improvements to processes and procedures.
  • Able to think and respond quickly to emergency situations (oil spills, mechanical failures, etc.).


  • Demonstrates a constant emphasis on safety in all work activities.
  • Possesses a thorough knowledge of established safety procedures and can apply them across all work activities.
  • Consistently demonstrates appropriate body mechanic in all work activities such as lifting, pulling, carrying, and other physical activities.
  • Able to assess potential risks in each situation and select the safest action.
  • Is aware of hazard area such as the rudder room, engine room, electronics room, and other hazard areas aboard the vessel.
  • Understand USCG regulations concerning fueling and discharge of bilge, and regularly assures safe transfer operations through monitoring and supervision.


This job description is not intended to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of all work activities or responsibilities required by the employee in this job. Duties, responsibilities and work activities are subject to change at any time. The activities and responsibilities described herein are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be requested to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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