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Jobs at McKeil

Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:20 pm
by 46Tall
I have a colleague asking about 2nd engineer jobs on a tug with McKeil. I know nothing about this company and am hoping someone here can pass on some info regarding salary, rotation or and other applicable info that may be of help that I can pass onto him.

Re: Jobs at McKeil

Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 8:54 pm
by The Dieselduck
There are numerous good things, like a steady paycheck, every two weeks when under annual contract. Benefits are OK, and they treat your family pretty good with little gifts here and there. Usually 6 weeks on off, paid travel.

On the average side, the boats are all over the place and you can be bounced around allot which can be pretty stressful, but not lacking excitement.

On the negative side, they lack engineers, and have placed people in positions they have no business being in. For one, it was reported to me that their new Engineering Superintendent was recently bragging about "firing" me. Not only was this factually incorrect, he was using it as an intimidation tactic towards a new hire. I have never been fired for any cause in my working life. I have been running this website for almost twenty years, putting myself out there, and I will stand by what I do, have done, and my professional reputation - I don't believe this person can say the same. I am however, not afraid to call a spade, a spade; take what you want from this comment. Additionally, McKeil doesn't have many boats younger than 25 years old which is sometimes a challenge, and most are quite cramped. They also have very little technical support, so if you have a problem, your pretty much on your own, especially since there is little local knowledge due to high turnover.

Is that enough insight?

Re: Jobs at McKeil

Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 11:21 am
by sashaavraam
There are many ways to spoil your Engineering career along with smudging your name and one of them to join McKeil Marine.

Their fleet comprise a bunch of pretty much worn out Tug boats with average age 40-25 years without being maintained in decent way therefore some of them laid off. Whoever works on International fleet realizes a liability for violation of MARPOL regulation would be stunned to see Sewage System to be set to pump out without a treatment outside in Lake Ontario from Tug Boat "Sharon M" along with Bilge Discharge valve not being chained and locked.

It takes a bit surprise of poor experience level of "Superintendent" /"Port Engineer" Alexandr Kalinins who walks you into Company with his arraignment of things would cause at least machinery collapsed whether vessel sink in bad case scenario such as his order to hook up Heating Element (No Safety Devices) at vessel Air Conditioning System despite to work out to install each Heating Element through breaker and thermostat at each Air Delivery trunk. Even though Alexandr Kalinins worked off on "Sharon M" around 2 years as Chief Engineer wouldn't have stopped him to collapse Port Side gear. Although it would easy to realize that his political experience and skills a way higher than expected once he brained wash you over his concept to suck all Canadian Engineer and to exchange them at Ukrainian, Russian, Latvian and Lithuanian Immigrants which is pretty much racist stuff.

Therefore it took me for a while to shield my 23 years old 2nd Engineer. You be thrilled and excited to plunge into "Blast from the Soviet Union past" implemented by above mentioned person: No talk, No question, No queries of working hours and we feed you when it is necessary etcetera......The horror part it is happening right hear in Canada and supported by Canadian owned company management.

Re: Jobs at McKeil

Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:24 pm
by Steamboat Al
I can't say much for McKiels, my job was ok but my supervisor that fired me would only show me the letter from the office that I was fired but it did not show me the letter he sent to the office that got me fired.

I agree that I did indeed have 2 beer on a company vessel but the same supervisor that arranged for my firing was seen not only drinking on a company vessel but also doing drugs as well.

Hmmm I'll always wonder what that letter said from my supervisor to the office but I would hardly think that Mc Kiels would have fired me for 2 beer after work just before Christmas when we were not even sailing.

Since moving on I have met no less than 3 people that have had their own experiences with my former supervisor and they all described him as a lying piece of xxxx, I concur.

My former 2nd engineer had alot more to say about Mc Kiels but I'll leave that up to him to tell you the details....

Cheers Al

Re: Jobs at McKeil

Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 6:32 am
by mentatblur
Hey all.

I have very similar experience working there years ago. They truly do put new staff in crazy situations, little to no safety...the experience made me quit sailing for a long time. That superintendent that martin mentioned is probably someone I went to school with, and the attitude doesn't surprise me :( It makes me feel better to know that I wasn't the only victim, although I'm sorry others experienced unprofessional behaviour.

Re: Jobs at McKeil

Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:42 pm
by Revolver
They have a lot of job postings recently, but I'm seeing a fair bit of negative fro personal experiences here. Diesel duck gave the good, average and bad; everyone else just gave bad hrmm...