Position: Chief Engineer
Open Date: 09/30/2013
Close Date: 10/31/2013
The Acoustic Explorer (A/E) is a NAVAIR asset primarily used for the testing and evaluation of production evaluation and R&D of sonobuoys operating in Southern California in and around San Clemente Island.
The A/E is a 130’ house forward, ex-supply boat acquired by the Navy in 1987. The vessel is powered by two, recently rebuilt, 16V92 Detroit Diesels for main engines and two 671 75kw gensets. There is a goal to repower the vessel sometime in the next two years. The last dry docking was completed July thru December 2011. There are two hydraulic systems onboard, deployment winches, and a 6k deck crane.The vessel is based in Point Loma next to the Subbase and the crew works a 44 hr / 36 hr work week while the vessel is in port. The schedule is 9 hour work days, with every other Friday off when in port, 15 hours when at sea for sonobuoy ops, and 16 hours for other ops conducted at sea. All positions onboard are hourly and crew are paid for hours worked at straight time with no OT. The vessel averages about 12 days at sea per month, but is greater at during busy seasons.
• Minimum of 12 years at-sea along with an organization-wide set of responsibilities such as; maintenance, repair, and operation of diesel propulsion power and gensets.
• Must have a minimum of 4 years engineering plant operations on vessels having 500 or greater shaft horsepower.
Chief Engineer’s License issued by the U.S. Coast Guard for vessels up to 4,000 horsepower
Functional Responsibility (Vessel Operations):
• Properly operate and maintain diesel engines to 4000 Horsepower and Generators to 125 kW and 440 volts including AC and DC motors, controllers, switchboards, and battery charging systems.
• Operates and Maintains the Diesel-Direct Drive propulsion units such as:
• Fuel and lube oil systems
• HP and LP air compressors
• Hydraulic systems
• Sanitary systems (MSD)
• Fresh water systems
• All standard shipboard auxiliary machinery
• Engineer spaces watch standing procedures and proper maintenance logs and records.
• Troubleshooting/Analyze and repair engineering plant/equipment malfunctions.
• Supervises personnel in:
• Proper watch duties
• Damage control procedures
• Emergency procedures
• Proper use of damage control personnel safety equipment
• Must be capable of recognizing unsafe conditions and/or practices and is able to make recommendations for correcting.
Desired Requirements (Sonobuoy Quality Assurance):
Candidate has experience operating systems that deploy/recover sound sources, oceanography sensors, acoustic listening devices and/or other in-water instrumentation.