Part Time Engineer - R/V Marine Technology

Part Time Engineer - R/V Marine Technology


Cape Fear Community College
411 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone: 910-362-7000

Job Location

Downtown Campus, Wilmington, NC


Commensurate with experience


Retirement Savings Plan

Job Category

  • Technical/Paraprofessional

Application Period

Opens: Saturday, July 20, 2019
Closes: Saturday, August 31, 2019

Target Start Date

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Expected Work Hours

25 hours per week

Reports to

Ship's Captain

Employment Type

Part Time

Minimum Qualifications

• High school diploma or equivalency supplemented by marine diesel engineering training 
• Knowledge of the operation, maintenance and repair of ship propulsion diesel engines and other ship systems

Minimum License and Certification Requirements:
• Possession of U.S. Coast Guard National Qualified Member of The Engine Department (QMED) certification
• Possession of, or ability to obtain, a U.S. Coast Guard license as an Assistant Engineer or a Designated Duty Engineer of Vessels up to 750 HP is highly desirable
• Possession of, or ability to obtain, US Coast Guard STCW certification and Merchant Mariner’s Document

• A combination of at least two years of underway engineering experience in the operation and maintenance of a machinery plant on a seagoing or inland diesel powered vessel
• Heavy diesel repair or similar training
• Experience in the use and maintenance of deck machinery

Preferred Qualifications

Experience and competence as a machinist 

Position Description

Definition: To perform a variety of pre departure checks and underway duties in the operation, and potential repair of the ship engine room gear and machinery. {Gear and machinery include twin Detroit 671 engines, the electrical system (generator engines, wiring, batteries, etc.), and hydraulic system (with associated deck winches, A-frames, and steering motors)}.

Essential Functions:

Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Stand engine room watches on the College’s estuarine research training vessel on student training voyages and research voyages contracted by outside agencies as needed
• Assist instructors in the operation of deck machinery and scientific equipment on sea training voyages
• Perform additional machinery maintenance and repair as necessary, as directed by the Chief Engineer

• Respond to student questions as appropriate
• Observe students to ensure adherence to safety measures
• Perform related duties and responsibilities as required
• Potential to assist Captain with maintenance or other projects while at dock

Knowledge of:

• Marine diesel engines operation and maintenance
• Deck operations and equipment
• Safe seamanship practices and procedures
• Materials, tools and methods used in maintenance work
• Proper care and use of tools and equipment used in maintenance
• Proper safety precautions and firefighting methods aboard sea vessels
• Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations
• Knowledge of commercial fishing and fishing with trawls highly desirable

Ability to:

• Maintain and repair marine engines and equipment
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
• Interpret and apply CFCC goals, objectives, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations
• Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for:
     o Making observations
     o Reading and writing
     o Communicating with others
     o Operating assigned equipment
     o Handling varied tasks simultaneously
• Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities, which may include the following:
     o Working in confined spaces
     o Walking, standing or sitting for extended periods of time
     o Working under harsh weather conditions
     o Working at sea
     o Working in high places
     o Standing or sitting for extended periods of time
     o Operating assigned equipment
     o Handling varied tasks simultaneously 
     o Bending, stooping, climbing, or lifting up to 50 pounds
• Effectively deal with personal danger which may include exposure to:
     o Working in high places
     o Dealing with air contamination
     o Difficult working conditions involving high noise levels, confined spaces, low illumination and vibration
• Maintain mental capacity, which allow the capability of:
     o Making sound decisions
     o Responding to questions
     o Demonstrating intellectual capabilities



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