To operate and maintain the machinery plant on the college’s primary sea training vessel (currently the R/V CAPE HATTERAS); and provide assistance to the Marine Superintendent in the operation and maintenance of machinery plants for the College’s fleet of smaller diesel-propelled vessels; and perform clerical duties in support of ship operations.
1. Operate and maintain the main propulsion engines and all auxiliary machinery including generators and electrical systems (AC and DC), ship electronics, hydraulic system and deck machinery (winches, frames, cranes, etc.), heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
2. Supervise the procurement and loading of fuel oil, lube oil, and potable water sufficient for voyages. Ensure that vessels are provided with ample tools, spare parts and supplies to ensure seaworthiness for voyages.
3. Stand engine room watches (6 hours on, 6 hours off) while underway on the primary sea training vessel. Continually monitor equipment for proper operation. Be available at all times for maintenance or repair work as necessary. Make occasional day voyages performing engineer’s duties on College’s smaller diesel-propelled vessels.
4. When docking or undocking, while in restricted waters, and when requested by the Captain, be present in or closely accessible to the engine room.
5. In times of emergency, remain in charge of the engineering department devoting special attention to the needs for damage control, firefighting, controlling ventilation, manning pumps, etc.
6. Provide assistance to instructors, insofar as it is related to the use of machinery such as winches, cranes, pumps, compressors, etc.
7. Maintain cleanliness and order in all spaces under his supervision and authority.
8. Maintain a running inventory of parts and supplies; and manage a planned maintenance timetable including periodic inspections of all spaces and systems on the ship. Inform Ship’s Captain regarding material and repair needs for the ship.