University of Alaska Fairbanks
QMED, under supervision of the Engineering Department Staff, will assist in the engineering department of the global class, ice-capable oceanographic research vessel's propulsion and power plant machinery including all scientific and auxiliary machinery. Sikuliaq is powered by a diesel-electric propulsion system utilizing an integrated power plant concept providing 5,750 bhp of propulsion power through A/C frequency drives and two main motors to two fully azimuthing drives. The R/V SIKULIAQ is operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Seward Marine Center with a home port in Seward, Alaska. It is owned by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is a member of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet. This non-exempt position QMED will perform those standard and traditional duties incumbent to the position of Oiler watch stander and may stand security watches in port. The QMED will perform other duties as defined by a ship's senior officer during emergency situations, facilitate and support the scientific mission of each cruise, and comply with, participate in, and promote the vessel's safety management program. Strong interpersonal and communication skills with diverse shipboard personnel.
Strong mechanical problem solving skills and the ability to be at sea for extended periods of time are required. Operational understanding of fuel oil bunkering procedures and emergency response, safe usage of basic machine and hand tools, basic math and computer skills. Knowledge of basic good seamanship practices (knots, line-handling, general shipboard maintenance and care, preparation/preservation of steel surfaces, operation of deck equipment, winches, etc). Ability to work with a diverse group of people including scientists, ship's crew and technicians.
Experience working in the engine room of a ship, at least 6 months while holding a MMC with QMED endorsement or higher. Experience with a wide range of vessel systems and their proper operation. Experience with and practice of good safety procedures. Preferred: Prefer experience on newer vessel propulsion systems and equipment. Mechanical operational and maintenance decisions, as required to safely and efficiently operate modern marine mechanical systems and equipment.
Required education or training:
Qualified applicants must possess the following documents: Merchant Mariners Credential with endorsements of QMED, Basic Training and Rating Forming Part of an Engineering Watch. USCG Health Certificate, U.S. Passport, TWIC, and Driver's License.