Chief Engineer

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[B]R/V Pelican Chief Engineer

DESCRIPTION: [/B]Under the general direction of the ship’s Captain, assumes complete charge of the Engineering plant of the R/V Pelican and is responsiblefor the effective, safe operation of all ship’s engineering equipment, the vessel’s propulsion system and all auxiliary machinery and spaces. The Chief Engineer is responsible for the proper operation, maintenance, and inspectionof the main and auxiliary machinery, and electrical, mechanical and safety equipment of the vessel. Assigns and supervises the work of engine department personnel. Under emergency situations as defined by the ship’s Captain, performs jobs as deemed necessary. As a senior manager, represents the institution’s best interest.

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited maritime 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.

Demonstrated experience in the proper operation and maintenance of diesel engines (Caterpillar 3412 and 3206) for propulsion and auxiliary power and related shipboard equipment and systems.

Demonstrated experience in the proper operation and maintenance of ancillary engine room equipment and systems such as water makers, sewage treatment plant, fuel/oil transfer systems, ballast system, HVAC, electrical systems, etc.

Knowledge and ability to troubleshoot and diagnose existing and developing problems with machinery and systems and take positive action to restore equipment to normal operating condition. Ability to detect and recognize symptoms of impending malfunction or failure and take positive action.

Knowledge of and familiarity with federal regulations relevant to maritime operations (33 CFR, 46 CFR, COLREGS) and international regulations (SOLAS Convention and all relevant Annexes: MARPOL, ISM Code, ISPS Code, etc.).

Proven supervisory skills with ability to train, mentor, evaluate subordinate staff; experience developing and implementing corrective action plans and imposing disciplinary action when required.

Knowledge of basic good seamanship practices (knots, line-handling, general shipboard maintenance and care, preparation/preservation of steel surfaces, operation of deck equipment, winches, etc.).

Operate cranes, winches and deck equipment as necessary and participates in deployment and recovery of moorings, trawls, dredges, mud grabs, mud cores, AUV’s, ROV’s, CTD rosettes, sediment traps, etc. Assist with deck and small boat opeartions.

Proven basic math skills to calculate and project fuel oil steaming rates andlube oil consumption and to perform/supervise engineering procurementprocedures.

Management experience with proven ability to organize and prioritize work, executing for best effect.

Knowledgeable of proper procedures for the Fire, Emergency and Abandon Ship drills.

Computer proficiency in the use of word-processing and spreadsheet software, stability, inventory and database management systems programs, and electronic mail.

Demonstrated effective interpersonal and communications skill to provide direction for ship’s work force, both orally and in writing; requires good command of the English language. Skill to establish and maintain good work rapport and courteous professional relationships with a diverse group ofpeople.

[B]***The position requires extended periods of time at sea.[/B]


  • License - U.S. Coast Guard Chief Engineer 1000 Horsepower, Limited Oceans,Motor Vessels
  • Certificate - U.S. Coast Guard Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW95)
  • Document - U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariners Document
  • Document - U.S. Passport
  • Document –Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) issued byTransportation Security Administration (TSA) required after 9/25/08
  • Candidate/incumbent must comply with USCG (DOT) Regulations for Chemical Drugand Alcohol testing including pre-employment drug screening, post- employment, post-hire random and post-incident drug testing
  • Candidate/incumbent’s sea-going status is contingent upon passing Company physical when required.
    Salary dependent on amount of time spent at sea, range 60K-120K.
    Must have reliable transportation and live within driving distance for daily workaboard vessel when not at sea.
    Address your cover letter and resume to:
    JoeMalbrough – Marine Superintendent
    8124 Hwy 56, Chauvin, La. 70344 or submityour cover letter and resume by e-mail to, or by fax to(985-851-2863).
    Competitive compensation and benefits package available.