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Captain - Near Coastal

Vessel Operations
Employment type
Full Time
Entry level

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Computer and related software.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.

  • Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.

  • Ability to safely operate motor vehicles and tow trailers.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge and skills with diesel mechanics, marine electrical, and marine electronics.


The Captain - Near Coastal, under general direction, is responsible for the safe navigation and operation of the University vessels in near coastal waters (up to 200 miles offshore) serving as vessel master; supervises crew and vessel operators and trains them on safe operation practices and safe maneuvering of vessels through various situations.

What you need to know

Salary: $60 K/yr.

Special Instructions: A cover letter and resume are strongly recommended. You may upload these in the CV/Resume section.

Other Factors: D.O.T. regulated. Must pass a USCG/DOT drug test prior to employment and participants in the university’s random drug test plan. Must have the ability to respond to emergencies as directed. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Operates vehicles as necessary. Responds to emergencies as needed. Operates power tools and other equipment necessary to accomplish maintenance assignments. Ability to work in small or cramped spaces. Ability to lift or move heavy objects. Work beyond normal business hours and/or work on weekends. Travel required.

Required Education and Experience:

  • High School Diploma or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Three years of relevant industry experience Post Master's License, including experience troubleshooting marine engines and electronics.

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marine Transportation, Maritime Administration, or Marine Systems Engineering.

  • Five years post license or relevant experience.

Required Licenses and Certifications:

  • Current and valid Class C vehicle license.

  • Current and valid 100-ton Master’s License-Near Coastal (up to 200 nautical miles) or greater.

  • Valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).

  • Ability to obtain United States Powerboat Instructor Certification within 1 year. United States Coast Guard issued 100 ton Masters Near Coastal License or greater.

Preferred Licenses and Certifications:

  • United States Coast Guard issued Master 1600 ton-Unlimited Oceans with STCW endorsements.

  • Essential Duties/Tasks

    • Operations - Serves as Vessel Master or crew member as assigned and navigates vessels safely and skillfully. Provides operational leadership onboard the vessel of which they are the master. Ensures the overall safety of the vessel and all persons onboard, such as supervision of the crew, ensuring qualifications of those standing watch and operating equipment, training and instructing crew in all areas pertaining to the safe operation of the vessel. Ensures operational readiness and maintenance of vessels. Responsible for discipline of assigned personnel. Coordinates logistics with all shore side personnel and port officials. Responds to emergencies as directed. Will require use of University owned vehicles.

    • Maintenance - Performs routine maintenance and troubleshooting as required on vessel systems and vessel operations mission specific gear. Works with assigned personnel for the operations and maintenance within the vessel fleet. Document corrective maintenance items in the maintenance data system and coordinate with unit leadership the scheduling and assignment of corrective actions. Maintains list of daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly preventative maintenance items on each boat and complete them on time. Trains and mentors student staff to complete maintenance items on vessel systems and equipment as well as verifies the completion of maintenance tasks and associated entries into the maintenance data system. Submits application for inspection with USCG. Ensures that the vessels meet inspection criteria and perform the inspection with the USCG. Solicit bids from shipyards. Supervises shipyard and inspection activities.

    • Administration and Compliance - Completes all required compliance documentation. Maintains a positive working environment and relationships with other colleagues and units on campus. Schedules and documents emergency drills as required by USCG. Ensures Emergency Procedures, Safety Speech, Captain’s Checklist, Operations Manuals, and Hurricane Plan are reviewed and updated annually. Ensures vessel documentations, in paper and electronic form, are current and correct. Updates charts, and required nautical publications regularly. Completes timely employee evaluations and job qualification requirement documentations.

    • Training - Performs emergency drills as required by USCG. Develops and updates training materials and delivers training to internal and external personnel. Assists with vessel operator training program for TAMUG. Trains personnel on their responsibilities.

    Why Texas A&M University?

    Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment by promoting a culture that respects all perspectives, talents & lived experiences.  Embracing varying opinions and perspectives strengthens our core values which are: Respect, Excellence, Leadership, Loyalty, Integrity, and Selfless Service.

    We are a prestigious university with strong traditions, Core Values, and a community of caring and collaboration. 

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All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

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