Boatswain/Scientific Support Technician

Cape Fear Community College
Closing Date: 
Jan 17, 2019


  • To perform a variety of general ship maintenance and shipboard electronic work to ensure the safety of college sea vessels; to perform a variety of duties involved in assisting with preparation of instructional materials and at-sea demonstrations; and to perform various instructional support services directly related to academic programs.

 Supervison Received/Exercised

  • Receives general supervision from the Ship Captain and from higher level academic staff
  • Supervises students in deck operations, securing, deployment and recovery of gear

 Essential Functions

A. At Sea:

  1. Assist with ship docking and departing; manuever ship-mooring lines and tie knots; operate deck machinery.
  2. Circulate throughout the vessel and assist students with work; explain and clarify cruise assignments; verify the accuracy of work; answer questions as appropriate.
  3. Operate, demonstrate and instruct the proper and safe deployment and use of equipment; describe equipment maintenance procedures. Oversee the use of safety procedures by students.
  4. Review and assist with student cruise assignments. Maintain accurate student records.
  5. Maintain bridge navigation software, electronics and troubleshoot problems with communications equipment.
  6. Act as liasion between Lead Instructor and ship's crew and in the event of independent charter act as liasion between Chief Scientist and crew.
  7. Be responsible for collecting underway data for Lead Instructor or Chief Scientist.
  8. Collaborate with cruising facility to insure ship is ready for scientific operaitons for all student cruises.
  9. Serve as lead on ship deak for scientific operations for all student cruises and independent charters.
  10. Ensures safety of all involved in scientific operations.

 B. In Port:

  1. Be responsible for ship's training equipment, such as CTD, Otter Trawl and Live Wells and making sure training equipment is in good condition and calibrated to standards.
  2. Maintain inventory of training supplies and spare parts.
  3. Maintain communications with Chief Scientist if needed pertaining to special equipment needs.
  4. Be responsible for installing and improving new shipboard electronic and training equipment. 

C. Both at Sea and in Port: 

  1. Assist with a wide variety of maintenance and repair activities, including emergency maintenance and repair as necessary.
  2. Participate in safety drills and firefighting activities; test safety equipment and maintain in proper operating order.
  3. Inspect and repair deck equipment; test all gear and equipment to maintain proper operating condition.
  4. Maintain ship cleanliness.
  5. Inspect and maintain ship's standing and running rigging.

Other Important Functions 

  • Assist in ordering and maintaining inventories of supplies, materials and equipment; maintain proper rotation and storage of materials.
  • May assist with completion of maintenance and repair records.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.
  • Perform other related duties and responsisibilites as assigned. 



Minimum Required Education/Training

  • Equivalent to an Associate in Applied Science degree from an accredited college with major course work in Marine Technology or other marine field.

License or Certificate
  •  Possession of, or ability to obtain, appropriate, valid Merchant Mariner's document with STCW-95 certification from the U.S. Coast Guard, ability to obtain U.S. Passport.

 Minimum Required Experience

  • Ten years of experience as a seagoing Marine Technician. Experience should include ship electronics, rigging and oceanographic sampling procedures.

 Preferred Education/Training, Experience, Skills

  • Preferred experience with trawls, dredges and different types of benthic sampling equipment.

Knowledge of 

  • Computer skills with 10 years' experience working with shipboard applications, networks and bridge electronics.
  • Understanding of D/C and A/C electrical current.
  • Ability to make wire terminations in EM cable and other wire applicatons.
  • Understanding of Underway Data Instrumentation collection equipment.
  • Ability to use basic test equipment such as multi-meters, etc.
  • Understanding of basic Satellite Communications Systems.
  • Deck operations and equipment.
  • Safe seamanship and oceanographic work 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, lifesaving and damage control methods aboard sea vessels.
  • Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • Operational techniquess of laboratory equipment and machinery used in training students.
  • English usage, spelling, grammer and punctuation.
  • Basic mathmatical principles.
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping.

 Ability to

  • ​Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals. 
  • Provide assistance regarding subject matter to students.
  • Operate and demonstrate the correct methods, practices and techniques of tools, materials and equipment used in modern oceanograhic facilities.
  • Maintain accurate records.
  • Work independently in the absence of supervision.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Interpret and apply Federal, State and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contracted in the course of work.
  • Interpret and apply CFCC goals, objectives, policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for:
    • Making observations
    • Reading and writing
    • Communicating with others
    • Operating assigned equipment
    • Handling varied tasks simultaneously
  • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities, which may include the following:
    • Standing or sitting for extended periods of time
    • Operating assigned equipment
    • Handling varied tasks simultaneously
    • Bending, stooping, climbing, or lifting up to 75 pounds
  • Maintain mental capacity, which allow the capability of:
    • Making sound decisions
    • Responding to questions
    • Demonstrating intellectual capabilities 
  • Effectively deal with personal danger which may include exposure to:
    • Working in high places
    • Dealing with air contamination
    • Difficult working conditions involving high noise levels, confined spaces, improper illumination and vibration
    • Working with machinery 
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. 
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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter 
  3. Unofficial Transcripts

Optional Documents

  1. Other Documents 1
  2. Training Certification 


Special Instructions to Applicants

  • Applicants who have obtained their education outside of the US and its territories must have their academic degree(s) validated, at their own expense, by an outside credential evaluation service as equivalent to the Baccalaureate or Master's degree conferred by a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.