Marine Engineering

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Department: M/V Sea Bird and M/V Sea Lion
Reports To: Captain and Port Engineer
Prepared By: Human Resources


The Engineer is responsible for maintenance, operation, and repair of all vessel electrical and mechanical systems onboard overnight passenger ships. The chief works in conjunction with the Assistant Engineer.


To perform this job successfully, the employee must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

Repair and Maintenance:



Safety and Security:


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Must be over 21 years or age, able to go to sea for extended periods of time, possess a valid passport, not be prone to motion sickness, able to provide proof of U.S. employment eligibility, able to pass a post offer physical examination, able to pass pre-employment drug testing per U.S. Coast Guard regulations.

Prefer a Maritime Engineering School Graduate in good standing and/or a Designated Duty License, or equivalent.

Must have at least 2 years experience as engineer on 100 ton vessels.

Should have strong knowledge of diesel propulsion and electricity generation systems. Also should have knowledge of support systems such as fuel centrifuges, air compressors, pumps, hydraulics, water makers, hotel systems, plumbing, refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning.

Personal computer experience: Lotus 123, WordPerfect for Windows beneficial.

Professional demeanor; ability to use appropriate levels of tact and courtesy.

Strong time management skills; able to handle multiple tasks, set priorities and meet deadlines.

Crisis management; work well under pressure, act quickly and decisively using sound judgement.

Communication Skills:

The Engineer will have some passenger contact and must be professional and have the ability to present information and respond to questions. Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Must be able to provide concise and clear reports as required.

Mathematical Skills:

College level

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

Licenses, Certificates, Registrations:

  • First Aid/CPR Certification - Required
  • Engineering license- Preferred
  • Fire Fighting Certification - Preferred


The physical demands are describe in a Engineer Analysis sheet available to all applicants pre-hire.


The Engineer works 12 hours per day: approximately 8 weeks on, 4 weeks off rotational schedule.


This position is very satisfying due to the wide scope of system responsibility vs. the departmentalization of the larger ships. Position is heavily supported by experienced shore personnel.

Full medical benefits provided and 401K plan available.


This job description is intended only to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an employee in this position. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills or abilities required or persons so classified or assigned.