Assistant Engineer

Florida Institute of Oceanography
Assistant Engineer on the R/V Weatherbird II. Position will be responsible for perform routine and preventative maintenance, repair, replace and overhaul mechanical, electrical, hydraulic equipment as needed in port and at sea under the supervision of the Chief Marine Engineer. Monitor and maintain all main propulsion and auxiliary machinery/machinery systems on the R/V Weatherbird while in port and at sea .Good working knowledge of damage control, shipboard safety and trouble shooting ability required. Experience in maintaining all necessary engineering record keeping, inventories and other programs. Involved in pre and post cruise assignments (loading/unloading and etc...) Underway involved with deployment/recovery of scientific equipment. Respond and render shipboard emergencies (ie. fires, man overboard, life rafts) as necessary Position requires physical demands in order to perform the essential functions. Will be required to work on weekends and holidays, when at sea, is required to be available on a 24-hour basis. Work conditions include outdoor and non-stable environment, hot/confined spaces; exposure to toxic substances and fumes; elevated areas; moving, lifting, and carrying heavy objects.
  • Maintain and repair main engines, generator sets, bow thruster, electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic equipment, in port and at sea. Service and repair marine sanitation system (all toilets, sinks, showers, potable water system) gray water system and AC&R systems. Maintain a preventative maintenance log and keep a list of inventory for as appropriate for the engine room. Keep engineering spaces clean and painted.
  •  Participate in all deployment and recovery of scientific equipment as needed using crane, winches, trawl, nets, etc. Assist in watch keeping, navigation and all deck handling operations. 
  • Load and unload scientific gear, set up equipment, take on fuel, water and food stuff. Check and secure all scientific gear prior to departure. Respond to all shipboard emergency such as fire, man overboard, launch life rafts and lifeboat and assist scientific group (students/faculty/staff).
  •  Fill in as Chief Engineer when appropriate. Render first aid and CPR as needed. Perform other duties as assigned. 
MINIMUM: Completion of an approved apprenticeship program for marine trades; or high school diploma and three years of experience operating, maintaining, and repairing steam and/or diesel-powered engines on marine vessels, and successful completion of STCW-95 BST, basic firefighting course, First Aid & CPR approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. A valid driver’s license, TWIC and Passport at time of hire

PREFERRED: Prefers a USCG Assistant Engineer or license. Experience with Cummings and Detroit diesel engines and outboard engines; cutting and welding; experience with deploying standard oceanographic equipment or similar systems; experience operating various trawls and towing techniques on research vessels; small boat handling; basic navigation, wheel watch.

SPECIAL SKILLS/TRAINING: Basic customer service skills; good interpersonal and communication skills
This position is subject to a Level 1 criminal background check and pre-employment drug screening.

How to Claim Vet Preference:
This position allows eligible veterans and their spouses to claim Veterans’ Preference pursuant to Florida Statute 295.
Applicants claiming preference are responsible for providing required documentation AT THE TIME OF SUBMITTING APPLICATION; such documentation is required for eligibility determination. Supporting documentation, in addition to the DD214, may be required based on eligibility criteria. For information on obtaining a DD 214 visit or call 1-866-272-6272.
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About USF-

The Florida Institute of Oceanography is hosted by the University of South Florida System, which is a high-impact, global research system dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three institutions: USF; USF St. Petersburg; and USF Sarasota-Manatee. The institutions are separately accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. All institutions have distinct missions and their own detailed strategic plans. Serving over 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.

With more than 16,000 employees in the USF System, the University of South Florida is one of the largest employers in the Tampa Bay region. At USF you will find opportunities to excel in a rich academic environment that fosters the development and advancement of our employees. We believe in creating a talented, engaged and driven workforce through on-going development and career opportunities. We also offer a first class benefit package that includes medical, dental and life insurance plans, retirement plan options, tuition program and generous leave programs and more.

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