Website Virginia Institute of Marine Science
CHIEF ENGINEER, RESEARCH VESSEL VIRGINIA
The Marine Operations department of VIMS has an exciting opportunity for a Chief Engineer to serve aboard the Research Vessel Virginia (R/V VA). The Chief Engineer works alongside a team of dedicated professionals to provide safe access to marine environments for students, faculty, staff, and the public in support of the VIMS mission to conduct research, education, and advisory services.
This unique position provides the opportunity to be a contributing member of a world class marine science institution as well as developmental opportunity to achieve a DDE 4000 rated license, for qualified candidates, within six months on the job (expenses for associated training, coursework and fees paid for by the department).
Reporting to the Captain of the R/V Virginia, the Chief Engineer directs all shipboard engineering activities while on watch and is responsible for the proper operation of all shipboard systems. The Chief Engineer ensures compliance with federal and state maritime engineering regulations as well as VIMS policies and procedures.
VIMS Chief Engineer position operates on a 40-hour work week and averages of 75 days a year underway; including a depth of coverage from other qualified staff, as needed. This unique schedule helps provide greater work-life harmony than other more demanding marine engineer environments. Underway days qualify for overtime compensation and this position is eligible for a sign on bonus of $5,000 (with DDE license) or $3,000 (with DDE license eligibility), for qualified external candidates. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Overseeing the maintenance and operation of all deck and safety equipment.
- Effectively operating and maintaining all engineering related aspects of the R/V Virginia. Such as operating the A-Frame, J-Frame, crane, trawl winches and CTD winch as necessary to accomplish each specific scientific operation in a safe and efficient manner.
- Actively participating in the repair or replacement of engineering related systems on the R/V Virginia and interfacing directly with the vessel’s Master for repairs on equipment deemed critical to the safe navigation or operation of the vessel.
- Assuming overall responsibility for the cleanliness and organization of the engine-room and other engineering related spaces on the vessel.
- Providing shoreside or seagoing support for other vessels in the VIMS fleet, as needed.
• High school diploma or equivalent;
• Valid Driver’s License required;
• Certified in First Aid/CPR;
• Valid Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC) credential;
• Valid STCW credential appropriate for vessel tonnage;
• Prior sea service as a qualified member of the engine department or equivalent position aboard vessels
• Rating of DDE 4000HP License issued by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) or the ability to obtain DDE 4000 within six months of start date (eligible applicants must have attended a USCG approved training course to demonstrate their eligibility to obtain a DDE 4000).
• Knowledge of federal, state and local regulations (including those contained in the Federal Code of Regulations – CFR’s), governing the operation of vessels under 300 gross registered tons (GRT);
• Proficiency with MS Office applications;
• Ability to read and comprehend vessel as-built drawings including electrical one-line diagrams;
• Substantive experience with marine engineering including the maintenance and repair of diesel engines, hydraulic systems, MSD systems, reverse osmosis systems, ship-board electrical systems and refrigeration.
• NMES 2000 Certification, ABYC Electrical and ABYC Refrigeration Certifications
• Familiarity with programmable logic controllers (PLC).
• Knowledge of AC/DC circuits as well as various pneumatic and hydraulic
• Experience working on research vessels or in the commercial industry.
• Experience working with Cummins QSK 19M diesel engines.
• Experience with computerized maintenance management software programs.
• Experience leading small groups.
Applicants may apply here.
Position will remain open until filled with applicant review beginning November 1, 2023
Position is eligible for sign on bonus
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William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
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