Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$49.15 - $58.74 / Hour
Point Loma
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
B6 Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Variable, 8 hrs/day, Variable at Sea

#120496 First Assistant Engineer

Extended Deadline: Wed 6/7/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

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

  • Job posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.

  • This position has recently been accreted by IBU union, and will be a part of that union moving forward.



The Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at UC San Diego is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for ocean and earth science research, education, and public service in the world. SIO operates three major seagoing research vessels, which conduct physical, chemical, biological, geological, and geophysical studies of oceans worldwide. Scripps oceanographic research vessels make up one of the largest academic fleets in the world. Scripps ships have state-of-the-art research instruments to study marine life, the oceans, the seafloor, and the atmosphere. Cruises vary from local trips to expeditions as long as six years. Scripps research ships, available to scientists around the world, have steamed more than six million nautical miles in support of science and the academic community.

Under limited supervision, responsible for the safe and efficient operation of all engine room machinery and equipment aboard the research vessel. Stands watches and security watches in port underway. Maintains specialized fuel and water systems. Maintains logs. Provides work direction for all other Marine Engineering staff. Assists with the loading of stores and the bunkering of the ship. Performs other duties as defined by a ship's senior officer during emergencies.

Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce.

This position is also eligible for full:
1) Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
2) Vacation/Holidays
3) Life Insurance
4) UC Retirement Plan

You are encouraged to review additional information about our organization at the following:

About Scripps



  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent education and work experience.

  • In-depth knowledge of proper operation and maintenance of diesel engines for propulsion, auxiliary power, and related shipboard equipment and systems.

  • In-depth knowledge of federal regulations and university, state, federal, and international maritime practices for ship operation and maintenance.

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

  • Advanced experience with engineering department machines and tools with demonstrated skills operating, maintaining, and repairing engineering systems and emergency equipment.

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

  • Critical thinking using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.


  • 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 required.
  • U.S. Coast Guard First Assistant Engineer license for related vessel.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $104,671 - $152,487 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $50.13 - $73.03

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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