Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
$16.38/hr - $27.11/hr
Appointment Type:
Per Diem
Appointment Percent:
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
8 hrs/day

#107692 Boat Engineer- Per Diem

Extended Deadline: Mon 8/15/2022

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This is a one (1) year, 40% per diem appointment.


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Under close supervision, the Boat Engineer will operate and maintain diesel engines aboard a research vessel. Operate and maintain engine and propulsion systems and equipment in support of vessel operations. Operate all ancillary engineering systems including water purification, sewage, ballast, fuel transfer, fuel oil purifier, HVAC, electrical, etc.

Perform routine, planned and preventative maintenance on machinery and engine room systems and equipment, as well as ensures general order and cleanliness of the engine room. Maintain daily engine room logs, work and repair lists, and maintenance and repair histories/logs. Maintain inventories of machinery, equipment, and spare parts. The Boat Engineer will implement and enforce applicable state, federal, and international rules and regulations regarding ship operations.

  • Must be able and willing to go to sea for extended periods of time.


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

  • Proven 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.

  • Experience troubleshooting and diagnosing existing and developing problems with machinery and systems and taking positive action to restore equipment to normal operating condition. Basic ability to detect and recognize symptoms of impending malfunction or failure and take positive action.

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

  • Basic knowledge of and experience with emergency procedures, drills and training. Knowledge of medical first aid and first responder techniques and practices.

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

  • Strong ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

  • Ability to organize and prioritize task lists. Ability to perform other functions as deemed necessary within the classification or under emergency conditions.

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


  • Must have a valid U.S. Passport.

  • Must be able and willing to go to sea for extended periods of time.

  • Must be able 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. Coast Guard Designated Duty Engineer (DDE) 500 GT, 4,000 HP.

  • 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.

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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