Relief Chief Engineer

Job Details

University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Under the general direction of the ship's Captain, the Chief Engineer assumes complete charge of the Engineering plant and is responsible for the effective, safe operation of all ship's engineering equipment, the vessel’s propulsion system, and all auxiliary machinery and spaces. The Chief Engineer is responsible for the proper operation, maintenance, and inspection of the main and auxiliary machinery and electrical, mechanical, and safety equipment of the vessel. Assigns and supervises the work of engine department personnel. Under emergency situations as defined by the ship’s Captain, performs jobs as deemed necessary. As a senior manager, represents the institution’s best interest.

This position requires extended periods of time at sea.
A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited maritime academy and five years sea duty as an engineering officer with two years as Chief Engineer or two years as First Assistant Engineer; in the absence of a formal degree; equivalent work experience.

Demonstrated experience in the proper operation and maintenance of diesel engines for propulsion and auxiliary power and related shipboard equipment and systems.

Proven experience in the proper operation and maintenance of ancillary engine room equipment and systems such as water makers, sewage treatment plant, fuel/oil transfer systems, ballast system, HVAC, electrical systems, etc.

Demonstrated experience detecting and recognizing symptoms of impending malfunction or failure and take positive action.

Proven knowledge and experience troubleshooting and diagnosing existing and developing problems with machinery and systems and take positive action to restore equipment to normal operating condition.

Computer proficiency in the use of word-processing and spreadsheet software, stability, inventory and database management systems programs, and electronic communications.

Knowledge of and familiarity with federal regulations relevant to maritime operations (33 CFR, 46 CFR, COLREGS) and international regulations (SOLAS Convention and all relevant Annexes: MARPOL, ISM Code, ISPS Code, etc.)

Proven supervisory skills that include experience in training, mentoring, evaluating subordinate staff, developing and implementing corrective action plans and imposing disciplinary action when required.

Demonstrated 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.)

Demonstrated knowledgeable of proper procedures for the Fire, Emergency and Abandon Ship drills.

The following are required:

License - U.S. Coast Guard Chief Engineer Unlimited - Motor Vessels

Certificate - U.S. Coast Guard Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW95)

Endorsement - Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)

Document - U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariners Document

Document - Valid U.S. Passport

Document –Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) issued by Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Job offer contingent on a clear background check.

Candidate/incumbent’s sea-going status is contingent upon passing Company physical when required.

Must comply with USCG (DOT) Regulations for Chemical Drug and Alcohol testing including pre-employment drug screening, post- employment, post-hire random and post-incident drug testing.
About Employer: 
The Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at UC San Diego is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for ocean and earth science research, education, and public service in the world. SIO operates three major seagoing research vessels, which conduct physical, chemical, biological, geological, and geophysical studies of oceans worldwide. Scripps oceanographic research vessels and research platform FLIP make up one of the largest academic fleets in the world. Scripps ships have state-of-the-art research instruments to study marine life, the oceans, the seafloor, and the atmosphere. Cruises vary from local trips to expeditions as long as two and one-half years. Scripps research ships, available to scientists around the world, have steamed more than six million nautical miles in support of science and the academic community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:
Contact Information: 
For more information, please send your resume, a copy of your MMC with medical card, a copy of your passport, and a copy of your TWIC to NMFHR@UCSD.EDU.