Job Description

Payroll Title:
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Rosecrans Street
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Variable, 8 hrs/day, M-F in port; variable at sea

#111039 Second Assistant Engineer

Extended Deadline: Tue 7/12/2022

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

This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.

Initial review date: 8/25/21

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 08/13/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 08/24/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Under supervision, the Second Assistant Engineer is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of all main and auxiliary engine room machinery and plant equipment while on duty and is expected to complete any routine service, or minor repair work as necessary during the watch. Second Assistant Engineers provide work direction for Oilers, Wipers, and unlicensed day workers in the maintenance, repair and proper operation of machinery and engine equipment in engineering spaces.

Traditionally they stand two 4-hour underway watches daily and security watches in port. Second Assistant Engineers maintain logs on all operating machinery while on watch. On SIO ships they generally serve as "Fuel King" with primary responsibility for maintenance of all fuel oil purifying and transfer equipment, water-makers/evaporators, potable water and ballasting pumps and valves, bunkering the ship, and maintaining fuel/lube oil, water and tank sounding reports. They assist in loading stores, and parts, and they perform other duties as defined by a ship’s senior officer during emergency situations.


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

  • Proven ability in the operation and maintenance of ancillary engine room equipment and systems (including water makers, sewage treatment plant, fuel/oil transfer and purification system, ballast system, HVAC, electrical, etc.).

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

  • Thorough knowledge of federal regulations relevant to maritime operations.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, oral and written, to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with diverse groups, and to provide work direction to junior crew.

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

  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and use technical drawings and documentation.

  • Excellent math skills.

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

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


  • U.S. Passport

  • 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.

  • Must possess: U.S. Coast Guard Second Assistant Engineer license for related vessel.

  • U.S. Coast Guard Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW95) and lifeboat endorsement.

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

  • U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariners Document (MMD) or Credential (MMC) with 2nd Asst Engineer License.

  • 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).

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:

UC San Diego is a smoke and tobacco free environment. Please visit for more information.

Application Instructions

Please click on the link below to apply for this position. A new window will open and direct you to apply at our corporate careers page. We look forward to hearing from you!

Apply Online