Job Details

University of Alaska Fairbanks

1st Relief Assistant, as engineering department lead, has knowledge and experience of the procedures required for engine department documentation and equipment logs to be managed, maintained and submitted to the Chief Engineer. The requirements can be regulated by the following but are not limited to the following: U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Regulatory Agencies, owner (NSF), UNOLS & UA requirements, 33CFR, 46 CFR, SOLAS, ISM, and MARPOL. The 1st Assistant is a lead for all administrative management of the data management system, Wheelhouse module or similar management system for all vessel propulsion, power and equipment to include but not limited to preventive maintenance, spare part inventory, purchasing, work orders, hull inspection and ship record conditions. Detect and recognize symptoms of impending malfunction or failure of all equipment and take positive action to restore to normal operating conditions.
    1st Relief Assistant works for the Chief Engineer under the Master in coordination with the Chief Mate, Senior Cook, SMC Marine Superintendent, Port Engineer, and Senior Marine Technician, preparing the vessel for upcoming science missions and logistics. In addition the Principal Investigators, Scientists and students will be involved in specific planning of logistics and preparing the vessel for the immediate upcoming science missions. The 1st Assistant under the Chief Engineer is a member of the ship''s crew, as directed by the Master will assist and participate in all emergency drills and training, in coordination with vessel department leads to help insure all operations are safe for crew and science party welfare, vessel material readiness and regulatory compliance.
    As department lead in accordance with Federal, State and UA regulations, the 1st Assistant will follow guidelines to insure Sexual Harassment, EEO, and Safety regulations and compliance are being met.


Job Qualifications:
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:  U.S. Coast Guard rules and regulations, ISM, American Bureau of Shipping requirements and vessel stability; Maritime Laws; Current with all applicable laws, regulations, treaties, 33 CFR; 46 CFR; OSHA regulations. 

Preferred: EPA Universal Refrigerant Certificate or ability to obtain within 60 days. Experience aboard Oceanographic research ships. Experience with data management system Wheelhouse or similar management system for all vessel propulsion, power and equipment to include but not limited to preventive maintenance, spare parts inventory, purchasing, work orders, hull inspection and ship records. Experience with AC/AC propulsion and automated controls.

Required Experience:  Minimum level of experience is that needed to obtain the required MMC as a 1st Assistant Unlimited Horsepower Motor Oceans credential.

Typical Education or Training:  U.S. Coast Guard Unlimited Horsepower Motor 1st Assistant Engineer Merchant Mariner credential required. Valid U.S. Passport

About Employer: 

The R/V SIKULIAQ is operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks - Seward Marine Center with home port Seward, Alaska. The Seward Marine Center (SMC) campus is a 13 acre field station under the College of Fisheries & Ocean Sciences on the waterfront of Resurrection Bay (see

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual.

Contact Information: 

Applications must be submitted through the Careers at UA website for Job Number 496622 at