Training Vessel Engineer

Seattle Maritime Academy
Seattle Maritime Academy at Seattle Central College provides an educational home for those beginning careers in the maritime industry. SMA programs offer high-wage, exciting employment opportunities for our graduates.

Are you passionate about working in maritime? Have you contributed to a team before, and really enjoyed it?

If these questions resonate with you, then we invite you to consider joining our team at Seattle Maritime Academy, an equity-focused open-access college dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals. As a Training Vessel Engineer at SMA you will be responsible for being a key member of the team that kicks fenders and takes names.

The Training Vessel Engineer will oversee mechanical operations, perform repair and maintenance tasks, stand watches in the engine room and interact with students.  They are responsible for the safe operation of the vessel while supervising instructors, students, and passengers onboard.  They assist the Vessel Training Captain in operation of the vessel and are the default second-in-command in the event of the Captain’s incapacitation.

The training vessel Maritime Instructor is an 82′ ex-USCG Point-Class cutter that is used in our 1-year Marine Deck Technology and Marine Engineering Technology Programs to give students underway experience onboard a commercial vessel.  It is powered by twin 800hp Caterpillar diesel propulsion engines and two Detroit diesel generators.  The vessel COI requires a Master and a Deckhand for voyages of less than 12hrs.

This position is 36hrs/week maximum (average 12hrs/week) during the Winter and Spring quarters, January through June.  Additional hours may be added for special cruises but is not common.

The Training Vessel Engineer is a part time / hourly employee at Seattle Maritime Academy paying $40 an hour.

As a Seattle Colleges employee, you will enjoy competitive compensation as well as all the benefits as a Washington State employee.

What you will be working on:

  • Maintain a working knowledge of safety policies and regulations to ensure safe conduct of self and students while performing up to 12-hour watches.
  • Start-up and shut-down Main Engines and Generators.
  • Supervise and perform vessel refueling following onboard procedures.
  • Maintain clean bilges throughout the vessel.
  • Confirm the engine room logs and reporting paperwork are completed at the end of each trip.
  • Assist in emergency situations, including launching life rafts, responding to fire or flood, etc.
  • Assist students with watch standing and tracing systems.
  • Assist with docking and handling of mooring lines.
  • Perform duties as assigned by the Captain.
  • Complete all pre-underway and shut-down checklists.

What you bring as a candidate: (Any Equivalent Combination of Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education and Experience)

  • 2 years of experience operating vessels as a QMED or higher, or equivalent experience in other marine engineering environments
  • Valid USCG MMC
  • Valid Medical Certificate.
  • Valid 1st Aid and CPR Certifications.
  • Submit to and pass a background check.
  • Submit to and pass alcohol and drug tests as mandated by the USCG including but not limited to pre-employment, random, reasonable suspicion and post-accident/incident testing.

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