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FT Chief Engineer

Category :
Shipboard Officer / Personnel / Crew
Full Time

Knowledge of:

  • Sea vessel operation.
  • Engine maintenance and repair.
  • Ship construction, operation, seaworthiness and safety procedures.
  • Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • First aid and CPR.

Ability To:

  • Maintain and repair ship machinery and equipment.
  • Analyze problems; identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Interpret and apply Federal, State and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Interpret and apply CFCC goals, objectives, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations
  • Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for:
    • Making observations
    • Reading and writing
    • Communicating with others
    • Operating assigned equipment
    • Handling varied tasks simultaneously
  • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities, which may include the following:
    • Standing or sitting for extended periods of time
    • Operating assigned equipment
    • Handling varied tasks simultaneously
    • Bending, stooping, climbing, or lifting up to 50 pounds
  • Maintain mental capacity, which allow the capability of:
    • Making sound decisions
    • Responding to questions
    • Demonstrating intellectual capabilities



 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.


  • Receives general supervision from ship’s Captain.
  • Exercises functional and technical supervision to ship’s First Assistant Engineer and to College Work/Study students.


Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Essential Functions:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • When docking or undocking, while in restricted waters, and when requested by the Captain, be present in or closely accessible to the engine room.
  • 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.
  • Provide assistance to instructors, insofar as it is related to the use of machinery such as winches, cranes, pumps, compressors, etc.
  • Maintain cleanliness and order in all spaces under his supervision and authority.
  • 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.

Other Important Functions:

  • Order parts and supplies as needed.
  • Maintain ship fuel levels.
  • Maintain a logbook of ship engine operations.
  • Identify, coordinate, and supervise shipyard repairs.
  • Observe students to ensure adherence to safety measures and provide guidance and instruction to students as necessary.
  • Perform other related duties and responsibilities as assigned

Cape Fear Community College

Job Location
411 N. Front Street
Wilmington, NC, 28401
United States
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