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US Great Lakes research vessel

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I am a Corporate Recruiter/Sourcer with Akima LLC and I came across your resume on one of the job boards. Your background and skills are a match for our Vessel/Ship Maintenance Mechanic position for US Geological Survey in Cheboygan, MI. Please review the job description below and please let me know if you are interested in pursuing this opportunity. Please advise the best date and time to contact you for a brief telephone pre-screen. This takes about 15 minutes and is the initial step in our selection process. Also, please send an updated resume. I look forward to speaking to you!

Here’s the job description…
Akima Systems Engineering (ASE), an Akima company, is not just another federal systems support contractor. As an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC), our mission and purpose extend beyond our exciting federal projects as we support our shareholder communities in Alaska.
At ASE, the work you do every day makes a difference in the lives of our 15,000 Iñupiat shareholders, a group of Alaska natives from one of the most remote and harshest environments in the United States.
For our shareholders, ASE provides support and employment opportunities and contributes to the survival of a culture that has thrived above the Arctic Circle for more than 10,000 years.
For our government customers, ASE delivers solutions in maritime IT, systems engineering, and integration across the Department of Defense and stands ready to help improve operational performance at a reasonable and sustainable cost.
As an ASE employee, you will be surrounded by a challenging, yet supportive work environment that is committed to innovation and diversity, two of our most important values. You will also have access to our comprehensive benefits and competitive pay in addition to growth opportunities and excellent retirement options.
Job Summary:
The mission of the Ecosystems Mission Area of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is to provide scientific understanding and technologies needed to support sound management and conservation of our Nation's natural resources. Fulfilling this mission depends on effectively balancing the immediate need for information to guide management of resources with the need for technical assistance and long-range, strategic information to understand and predict emerging patterns and trends in ecological systems. The Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) has five large research vessels throughout the Great Lakes Basin dedicated to research on fish community population dynamics, trophic interactions and ecosystem modeling, climate change, contaminants in fish, and application of advanced technologies. The scientific mission requires that systems onboard all large vessels function properly, that safe access and its systems are maintained, and the USGS investments in the vessels are protected. Therefore, oversight and maintenance of GLSC large vessels is necessary to sustain the scientific research programs of GLSC.
Akima is looking for support personnel to work at the GLSC vessel base in Cheboygan, Michigan and occasionally the GLSC Lake Superior Biological Station (LSBS). The employee will serve as Machinery Maintenance Mechanic (MMM) aboard large vessels (between 100 and 299 gross registered tons) operated in support of fishery research on Lakes Michigan and Huron, and occasionally Lake Superior.
Operation of the vessel is essential to the conduct of important fish stock assessment and environmental research performed by the GLSC on the Great Lakes. The Center's program yields fundamental data on the year-to-year conditions of stocks of valuable game, food, and forage fishes and also provides related observations on their biology and quality of their environment.
The employee will undertake the following tasks with the possibility of strenuous, physical labor and sometimes under adverse weather conditions. Overnight travel will be required.
Job Responsibilities:
Task 1: Large Research Vessel General Operations and Maintenance
• Operates, services, repairs, overhauls (as required) all engine room and deck machinery and equipment, including propulsion engines, electrical power plant, pumps, heating system, ballast system, trawl and hydrographic (BT) winches, net reel, gill net lifter, 6000 lb. capacity articulated crane, and anchor windlass.
• Serves as Tankerman (PIC) during all fueling operations and maintains the vessel in compliance to USCG OPA'90 regulations.
• Maintains standard maintenance and operating records for all engines and other operating machinery and equipment, and advises vessel Captain as to their maintenance, repair, and/or overhaul requirements.
• Maintains an inventory of spare parts and supplies as required to keep vessel machinery serviceable during research fishing operations.
• Assists in the rigging and repair of fishing gear and other sampling equipment.
• At sea, assists the vessel Captain and other crew members as necessary in meeting cruise objectives, including but not limited to fisheries and other aquatic system sampling.
Task 2: Large Research Vessel Safety
• Inspects and maintains the vessel's firefighting equipment (including engine room fixed CO2 system, main fire pump hose stations and portable extinguishers) and other safety equipment including inflatable life rafts.
• Monitors safety equipment and machinery, diagnoses problems, and makes arrangements for needed repairs (e.g., repairing, disassembling, refurbishing, etc.).
• Participates in all vessel and vessel base safety inspections, safety meetings, emergency drills, damage control and shall become familiar with the USGS Safety Management System (SMS), and Emergency Station Bill and duties.
Task 3. Large Research Vessel Dockside Operations and Maintenance
• During extended periods of vessel inactivity (i.e., particularly at the end of the operating year), the employee services, repairs, and otherwise maintains vessels' engines, engine room, and deck machinery as required; mends and fabricates bottom trawls, mid-water trawls, graded mesh multifilament gill nets and associated fishing equipment; and, assists in general maintenance and upkeep of vessel base.
• Will be expected to operate light industrial power tools in the station's repair shop in support of facilities maintenance.
Qualifications - External
Minimum Qualifications:
• Proficiency in deployment of bottom trawls and mid-water trawls, including the operation of cable winches to set and retrieve trawls will be necessary.
• Proficient in setting and lifting of bottom gill nets, including the operation of gill net lifters as well as proficient in deployment of beam trawls, Ponar dredges, bathythermographs, Tucker trawls, zooplankton nets, and Mysis nets.
• Practical working knowledge of the mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems and components of marine machinery is required.
• Experience in the operation, maintenance, repair and overhaul of marine diesel engines, particularly Detroit Diesel Series 60, Cummins 6B210 marine diesel engines, and Caterpillar C-12 electronic marine diesel engines, electrical generating equipment up to 99 Kw, ballast water systems, potable water systems, high and low pressure servo/electric hydraulic systems, hot water heating systems, and deck machinery and equipment used in experimental fishing operations.
• Skilled in the use of standard machine ship tools and equipment, including arc- and oxy-acetylene torch welding.
• Practical working knowledge of basic and advanced marine firefighting and hazardous oil spill response. Skilled in the use of life saving equipment, such as deployment and maintenance of life rafts and life boats.
• Capable of instructing crew aboard the research vessel in safe work practices.
• Proficient in safety management systems, reporting, and record keeping.
• Basic computer skills are required for maintaining electronic maintenance logs and equipment databases, preparation of reports and equipment orders, use of spreadsheets to prepare budgets, e-mail communication, and navigation functions.
• Fluency in English, both verbally and in writing/reading is required.
• A driver's license shall be required for local travel via automobile.
• Must be able to meet all health requirements and must pass pre-employment physical requirements of the USGS Large Vessel Safety Program.
We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment, without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender or gender-identity, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, pregnancy or parental status, or any other basis prohibited by law. If you are an individual with a disability, and would like to request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us at [email protected] or 571-353-7053 (information about job applications status is not available at this contact information).

Thank you,

Sonia Rathod | Recruiter/Sourcer
Akima, LLC | 2553 Dulles View Drive, Suite 700, Herndon, VA 20171
Office: 571-323-5586 | Cell: 815-514-0886 | [email protected]
Martin Leduc
Certified Marine Engineer and Webmaster
Martin's Marine Engineering Page
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