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.


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 in the Cabin Maintenance Notebook.

- Performs hotel maintenance tasks as directed.

- Participates in yearly shipyards.

- Assists Chief Engineer in all bunkering operations.


- Updates vessel maintenance records for engineering 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 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 the ISM Code and requirements.

- 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: Excel spreadsheet experience, 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 and work with little supervision and work in confined spaces.

- Crisis management: Work well under pressure, act quickly and decisively using sound judgement.

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 concise and clear reports as required.

Licenses, Certificates, Registrations:

- DDE 4000 preferred.

- Current First Aid/CPR certification required.

- Valid TWIC card required.

- Valid US Passport required.

- STCW Basic Safety Training preferred.

- STCW Crowd Management preferred.

- Fire Fighting Certification preferred.


- The Assistant Engineer works 12 hours per day: approximately 6 weeks on, 6 weeks off rotational schedule.


- The physical demands are described in the Assistant Engineer Job Analysis sheet and are available to all applicants.