Job Description

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$16.38 - $27.11 / Hour
Rosecrans Street
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Variable, 8 hrs/day, M-F in port; variable at sea

#117409 Boat Engineer

Extended Deadline: Mon 8/29/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 7/8/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 7/19/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will remain open until filled.


Under close supervision, operates and maintains diesel engines aboard a regional research vessel. This is a non-rotating position, as there is one crew for the vessel.

The expectation is the incumbent will live in the San Diego area. R/V ROBERT GORDON SPROUL does between 40 to 100 days per year at sea, with most voyages one or two days in length. More information regarding R/V ROBERT GORDON SPROUL can be found at:

We are happy to give you a tour of our world class ships and facilities if you have questions about the position. UCSD pay, retirement, and health care benefits are first rate.


  • Basic knowledge to maintain and operate diesel engines for propulsion and auxiliary power.

  • Basic knowledge to maintain and operate engine room equipment (including water makers, sewage treatment plant, fuel / oil transfer and purification system, ballast system, HVAC, electrical, etc.).

  • Basic knowledge of university, state, federal and international maritime practices for ship operation and maintenance.

  • Basic knowledge of federal regulations relevant to maritime operations.

  • Basic ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

  • Basic computer skills with good working knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet applications.

  • Basic knowledge of and experience with emergency procedures, drills and training.

  • Basic ability to detect and recognize symptoms of impending malfunction or failure and take positive action.

  • Basic seamanship skills (knots, line-handling, general shipboard maintenance and care, preparation / preservation of steel surfaces, operation of deck equipment, winches, etc.).

  • Basic ability to organize and prioritize task lists.

  • Ability to maintain all required licenses, documents, and certificates throughout employment period.

  • Ability to perform other functions as deemed necessary within the classification or under emergency conditions.

  • Experience troubleshooting and diagnosing existing and developing problems with machinery and systems and taking positive action to restore equipment to normal operating condition.

  • Knowledge of medical first aid and first responder techniques and practices.

  • The appropriate experience for this position is Qualified Member of the Engineering Department (QMED) Oiler, Junior Engineer, Electrician, or Machinist. A recently separated mid-grade USN or USCG Petty Officer (E4, E5, E6) in Engineman, Machinist Mate, Auxillaryman, Electricians Mate, Interior Communication Mate ratings would do very well and we will assist you to get the appropriate USCG marine documents to sail with us, if needed.

  • Must possess: U.S. Coast Guard Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW95) and lifeboat endorsement. Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) issued by Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

  • U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariners Document (MMD) or Credential (MMC) with Oiler endorsement. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training. Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD). Other endorsements may be required.


  • Ability and willingness to go to sea for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to pass physical examination and U.S. Coast Guard (DOT) regulations for Chemical Drug and Alcohol pre-employment screening and post-employment random testing.
  • U.S. Passport

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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