Job Description

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Hiring Salary Range
$44.34 - $53.00 / Hour
Point Loma
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Work Schedule:
Variable, 8 hrs/day, M-F in port; variable at sea

#116537 Second Assistant Engineer

Extended Review Date: Wed 2/1/2023

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 05/25/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 06/03/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will remain open until filled.


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.

  • Effective 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.

  • Proven 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.).

  • Critical thinking skills 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 is required.

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Pay Transparency Act Full Salary Range: $53,600 - $111,600 Annually

The University of California, San Diego is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The full salary range for this position is defined as the Full Pay Range. The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position defined as the Expected Pay Scale. Placement within the Expected Pay Scale is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, 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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