Chief Engineer

Newport, Lincoln County
Aug 01, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

Appointment Type: Administrative/Professional Faculty

Department: Ship Operations 262000 OAS

Position Summary: Ship Operations invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Chief Engineer position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Superintendent.

The Chief Engineer of the Research Vessel (R/V) OCEANUS Engineering Department is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the vessel's machinery, as well as the mechanical and electrical systems under the overall direction of the Master.

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences is internationally recognized as a leader in the study of the Earth as an integrated system. It operates numerous state-of-the art laboratories and two oceanographic research vessels, the 177-foot ocean-going Oceanus and the Elakha, a 54-foot coastal research vessel. The College has an annual budget of more than $50 million, with much of the research support coming from the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other federal agencies. It has approximately 104 faculty, 220 graduate students and 613 undergraduate students. Graduate programs include Master's and doctorate (PhD) degrees in Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Geology; and Geography and a Master's degree in Marine Resource Management. The college has undergraduate programs in Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Program, with minors in Environmental Geosciences, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Geology, and Oceanography. Faculty, staff and students of CEOAS advance the frontiers of knowledge about the ocean, atmosphere and Earth system. Our success is based on an interdisciplinary approach and state-of-the-art technology and facilities. CEOAS is a national leader in the study of coastal zones and ocean processes. Through field experiments, theoretical investigations and numerical modeling and simulations, we study all aspects of ocean, land and atmosphere processes and interactions.

Position Duties: 60% - Stands watch as the roving engineer at sea and daily duty engineer in ports other than Newport on a rotating basis with the other engineers; assumes responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the engineering plant including constantly checking pressures and temperatures, fuel consumption, fluid levels and conditions of operating machinery ensuring safe, economical and efficient operation; keeps machinery logs and records.

20% - Organizes, directs and supervises the Engine Department, providing safe, efficient and economical operation of ship's machinery, mechanical and electrical systems in compliance with applicable laws, regulations and company policies. Operates, maintains, and repairs ship's machinery, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, fuel and ballast systems, air conditioning, refrigeration, freshwater and saltwater firefighting system.

10% - Maintains an adequate supply of fuel, lube oil, freshwater repair parts and maintenance materials onboard. Maintains required records and makes required daily reports at sea recording expenditures of fuel, lube oil and freshwater as well as levels remaining onboard to the Master. Keeps engineering and daily work logs. Provides reports as necessary maintaining compliance with the ship's Safety Management Manual (SSM).

10% - In consultation with the Captain, hires and trains new personnel, schedules engineering watches, and supervises engineers, including evaluation of performance, discipline and/or dismissal. Repairs or replaces broken parts using hand tools, precision tools, arc and gas welders and lathes. Assists in repair of scientific equipment as requested if within the capability of department personnel. Directs the maintenance of firefighting equipment. Serves as a required member of fire response team, administers first aid and CPR when required. Performs other duties as assigned.

Position Duties (continued):

Working Conditions/Work Schedule: The Chief Engineer works on board the OCEANUS at sea on research cruises lasting from 10 days to three weeks or more before returning to port. Ocean and weather conditions are highly variable. Shift and/or work assignment may be changed based on operational needs. Ship Operations is a seven day per week operation; therefore, weekend and holiday work may be required. The employee in this position may be required to lift, carry, push, and pull objects weighing up to 50 pounds. The Chief Engineer is entitled to a single berth. For information about the OCEANUS, please go to

Minimum/Required Qualifications: Possess valid Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC) with the following rating: 2nd Assistant Engineer, Unlimited HP or better, issued by the United State (US) Coast Guard.

Current Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) certificate including current Basic Safety Training.

Current Passport, or the ability to obtain prior to first seagoing assignment.

Meet United States Coast Guard drug testing requirements prior to start date, and for the duration of employment.

Ability to fluently speak, read, and write English.

Solid understanding of basic computer programs including Microsoft Office products.

The ability to lift/carry/push/pull objects weighing 50 pounds is required.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications: Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC) with the following rating: Chief Engineer Unlimited HP issued by the United States (US) Coast Guard.

Two years experience as Chief Engineer of a comparable size vessel or equivalent military service.

Familiarization with controllable pitch propeller systems.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification to work on refrigeration and air conditioning systems found on board ship.

Experience with Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) programs.

Familiarization with International Safety Management (ISM) code.

At least one year of supervisory experience.

A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Scholarly Outcomes for Position (academic faculty only):

Posting Date: 06-18-2014

For Full Consideration Date:

Closing Date: 08-31-2014

Recommended Full-Time Salary Range: Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Posting Number: 0012596

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