Assistant Engineer


The Assistant Engineer is responsible for assisting the Chief Engineer in the maintenance, operation, and repair of all vessel electrical and mechanical systems onboard ships. The Assistant Engineer reports to the Chief Engineer and will assist the Master in communicating and enforcing all company policies and procedures.


Repair and Maintenance:

 Performs routine maintenance checks and keeps records of jobs performed. Keeps the Chief Engineer informed of all maintenance and repairs that have been done.
 Helps with engineering, deck, and hotel preventative maintenance programs on daily, weekly, and monthly basis.
 Completes maintenance and repair tasks as requested by Chief Engineer or Master.
 Performs hotel maintenance tasks as directed by Chief Engineer or Master.
 Participates in yearly shipyards.
 Assists Chief Engineer in all bunkering operations and other duties as assigned by the Chief Engineer.


 Updates vessel maintenance records for weekly and monthly work items. Assists the Chief Engineer with inventories.

Safety and Security:

 Follows company safety and pollution prevention policies and procedures and requests guidance when necessary.
 Assists in the preparation of the vessel for all U.S. Coast Guard annual dry docks and other inspections.
 Participates in shore side training as required by the company.
 Familiar with all duties under the company Safety Management System including Emergency Response Activities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 Working knowledge of diesel propulsion and electricity generation systems. Knowledge of support systems such as fuel centrifuges, air compressors, pumps, hydraulics, water makers, hotel systems, plumbing, refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning also preferred.
Personal computer experience: spreadsheet experience (Lotus or Excel) and Windows applications (including Word) is preferred.
 Professional demeanor; ability to use appropriate levels of tact and courtesy.
 Must be a self-starter, able to handle multiple tasks, work with little supervision, and work in confined spaces.
 Crisis management: Work well under pressure, act quickly and decisively using sound judgment.
Communication Skills:
The Assistant Engineer will have some guest contact and must be professional and have the ability to present information and respond to questions. Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Must be able to provide clear and concise reports as required.

Licenses, Certificates, Registrations:

 Current First Aid/CPR certification required.
 Valid TWIC card required.
 STCW Basic Safety Training preferred.
 STCW Crowd Management preferred.
 Fire Fighting Certification preferred.

The Assistant Engineer during shipyard and dockside maintenance periods works hours assigned by vessel
Master or Chief Engineer; these are typically Monday to Friday, 0700-1530.

All vessel positions can be physically demanding. Bending, climbing, repetitive motion, and heavy lifting are requirements of most vessel positions.