Job Description

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Hiring Pay Scale
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B6 Contract
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Variable, Variable at Sea, Variable at Sea

#124060 First Assistant Engineer

Initial Review Date: Thu 11/30/2023

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.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 9/11/23 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 9/20/23. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position requires the ability and willingness to go to sea for extended periods of time(approx 8-12 weeks). U.S. Passport required.



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.

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Under limited supervision, the First Assistant Engineer is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of all engine room machinery and equipment aboard the research vessel. Stands underway watches and security watches in port. 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 emergency situations.


Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce. This position is also eligible for full:

  • Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Vacation/Holidays
  • Life Insurance
  • UC Retirement Plan.



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

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

  • 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.

  • In-depth knowledge of federal regulations as well as 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.

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


  • U.S. Passport required.

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

  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) issued by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

  • Ability and willingness to go to sea for extended periods of time(approx 8-12 weeks).

  • 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.

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).

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