Chief Engineer

Cape Fear Community College


To operate and maintain the machinery plant on the college's primary sea training vessel (currently the R/V CAPE HATTERAS); and provide assistance to the Marine Superintendent in the operation and maintenance of machinery plants for the College's fleet of smaller diesel-propelled vessels; and perform clerical duties in support of ship operations.


Supervision Received/Exercised

Recieves general supervision from the ship's Captain.

Exercises functional and technical supervision to the ship's First Assistant Engineer and to College Work/Study students.


Essential Functions

1. Operate and maintain the main propulsion engines and all auxiliary machinery including generators and electrical systems (AC and DC), ship electronices, hydraulic system and deck machinery (winches, frames, cranes, etc.), heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

2. Supervise the procurement and loading of fuel oil, lube oil, and potable water sufficient for voyages. Ensure that vessels are provided with ample tools, spare parts and supplies to ensure seaworthiness for voyages.

3. Stand engine room watches (6 hours on, 6 hours off) while underway on the primary sea training vessel. Continually monitor equipment for proper operation. Be available at all times for maintenance or repair work as necessary. Make occasional day voyages performing engineer duties on College's smaller diesel-propelled vessels.

4. When docking or undocking, while in restricted waters, and when requested by the Captain, be present in or closely accessible to the engine room.

5. In times of emergency, remain in charge of the engineering department devoting special attention to the needs for damage control, firefighting, controlling ventillaiton, manning pumps, etc.

6. Provide assistance to instructors, insofar as it is related to the use of machinery such as winches, cranes, pumps, compressors, etc.

7. Maintain cleanliness and order in all spaces under his supervision and authority.

8. Maintain a running inventory of parts and supplies; and manage a planned maintenance timetable including periodic inspections of all spaces and systems on the ship. Inform Ship's Captain regarding material and repair needs for the ship.


Other Important Functions

  • Order parts and supplies as needed.
  • Maintain ship fuel levels.
  • Maintain a logbook of ship engine operations.
  • Identify, coordinate, and supervise shipyard repairs.
  • Observe students to ensure adherence to safety measures and provide guidance and instruction to students as necessary.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required. 



Minimum Required Education/Training

High school diploma or equivalency, supplemented by at least one year of post secondary marine engineering training.

  1. Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a U.S. Coast Guard Chief Engineer or Designated Duty Engineer's license for 1000 horsepower vessels.
  2. US Coast Guard STCW certification and Merchant Mariner's Document.
  3. Possession of, or ability to obtain, a Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC).
  4. Possession of, or ability to obtain a US passport.

Minimum Required Experience

  • At least 5 years of seagoing experience working in diesal engine plants on offshore vessels preferred.

Preferred Education/Training, Experience, Skills

  • Caterpillar diesals experience preferred.
  • Experience and proven abilities as a welder and a machinist preferred.
  • Experience and proven abilities in operation and maintenance of marine hydraulic equipment preferred.

Knowledge of

  • Sea vessel operation.
  • Engine maintenance and repair.
  • Ship construction, operaiton, seaworthiness and safety procedures.
  • Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Principles of supervison, training and performance evaluation.
  • First aid and CPR.

Ability to

  • Maintain and repair ship machinery and equipment.
  • Analyze problems; identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Interpret and apply Federal, State and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations.
  • Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for:
    • making observations
    • reading and writing
    • communicating with others
    • operating assigned equipment
    • diagnosing engine and equipment problems
    • handling varied tasks simultaneously
  • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilites, which may include the following:
    • working in confined spaces
    • walking, standing or sitting for extended periods of time
    • working under harsh weather conditions
    • working at sea
    • operating assigned equipment
  •  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, low illumination and vibration.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Maintain mental capacity, which allows the capability of:
    • making sound decisions
    • responding to questions
    • diagnosing engine and equipment problems
    • demonstrating intellectual capabilities
  • Establish and maintain cooperative-working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. 
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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

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

Optional Documents

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  2. Training Certification