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Chief Mate

Shipboard Officer / Personnel / Crew
$9,166.67 monthly
Employment type
Full Time
General / Operations Manager


Required Education:

Bachelors’ degree in maritime-related discipline or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Experience:

Two years’ experience at Second Mate unlimited or higher.

Preferred Education

Bachelor’s degree from a Maritime Academy

Preferred Experience:

Five years post-licensure industry experience. Three years’ experience at a State Maritime Academy operating training vessels or experience at a maritime training school. Experience working with large deck department and ship’s crews.

Required Licenses and Certifications:

USCG Chief Mate Unlimited Oceans License, GMDSS, Radar, ECDIS, current USCG-issued Medical Certificate, TWIC and US passport.

STCW Certificates:

  • II/1 Officer in Charge of Navigational Watch
  • II/3 OICNW and Master Less Than 500 GT Near Coastal
  • II/4 Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW) 500 GT or more
  • II/5 Able Seafarer Deck 500 GT or More
  • IV/2 GMDSS Radio Operator
  • VI/1 Safety Familiarization and Basic Training
  • VI/2 Proficiency in Survival Craft, Rescue Boats and Fast Rescue Boats
  • VI/3 Advanced Fire Fighting
  • VI/4 Medical First Aid and Medical Care
  • VI/5 Ship Security Officers
  • VI/6 Security Related Training and Instruction for All Seafarers
  • STCW 2010 Leadership and Teamworking Skills within 46 CFR 11.309; 11.319; 11.321; 11.329

Preferred Licenses and Certifications:

USCG Master Unlimited Oceans License. Safety Management System certification. Prefer additional STCW endorsements: STCW VI/2 Proficient in Fast Rescue Boat. Crowd and Crises Management Certification.

Required Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Excellent organizational, managerial, leadership and supervisory skills. Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others. Ability to operate the training ship during cruises with the highest level of safety. Operational knowledge of Safety Management Systems (SMS).  Ability to deal with a wide variety of individuals while training Corps of Cadets in Maritime skills.

Preferred Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Advanced knowledge of running shipboard preservation program. Knowledge of MARAD NSE program.


Job Responsibilities

50%: Vessel Maintenance

In charge of the condition, appearance, and safety of the vessel. Responsible for the maintenance of the protective coatings of the vessel’s hull, deck, masts, and houses. Responsible for maintenance of the ground tackle, mooring equipment, lifesaving, and firefighting equipment. Works cooperatively and closely with the Captain and Chief Engineer to affect all repairs which can be accomplished by the ship’s force and to determine the extent of shore assistance required, if any. Responsible for deck machinery coating maintenance, mooring lines, deck stores, and lockers. The C/M keeps records of all repair and maintenance of deck equipment through use of the MARAD NSE program. It is the responsibility of the C/M to ensure that NSE is updated daily with all deck department repair and maintenance activity. The C/M is primarily responsible for maintaining the vessel in satisfactorily clean and sanitary condition both at sea and at the dock.

25%: Instructor/Mentor

Responsible for enforcing conduct standards and serving as a role model for cadets.  Will assist in the training and professional development of the deck cadets.  Instructs students in ZOPT 300 required class for USCG sea service requirements and all duties related to the class. The Chief Mate or his delegates teach both junior mates and cadets’ seamanship, shipboard safety emergency preparedness, vessel Safety Management System (SMS), deck maintenance, watch standing, and pollution awareness aboard the training ship both during the sea and academic terms.

20%: Ship Operations

Arranges and coordinates the ship’s work and drills. Prepares daily routines and lays out work schedules for the deck department. Consults with the heads of other departments relative to coordination of work and drills. Calculates hull stress, stability, trim, and draft. Maintains firefighting equipment, emergency, and lifesaving appliances.

5%: Other Duties

Performs other duties as assigned.

Restrictions and Other

Restricted by Patriot Act:


D.O.T. regulated:


Does this employee customarily and regularly exercise discretion and independent judgment and have the authority to make important decisions?


If Yes, give percentage of time spent in this capacity:


Is this a supervisory position that has the authority to hire employees or whose recommendations for hiring, termination or other change of employment status are given strong consideration?


Employees Supervised:

Up to 30 professional crew and 600 cadets

Machines or equipment used in the performance of essential duties:

  • Inventory and Preventative Maintenance Database Systems: 16 hours
  • Deck Machinery: 10 hours
  • Computer Systems: 6 hours
  • Power Tools: 4 hours
  • Hand Tools: 3 hours

Other Requirements or Other Factors:

This is a USCG regulated position. Must pass USCG/DOT drug test prior to employment and participate in the University’s random drug testing plan. Must be able to sail during all designated underway periods, including sea term cruises aboard the training ship.

Preferred Other Factors:

  • Crowd and Crises Management Certification
  • Experience working with large deck department and ship’s crews .
  • Advanced knowledge in running shipboard preservation program.
  • Knowledge of MARAD NSE program.

In accordance with the federal contractor vaccination mandate, specific facilities at The Texas A&M System may be considered a covered contractor workplace with covered contractor employees. Therefore, successful applicants for this position may be subject to the federal mandate to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment unless an approved medical or religious accommodation is in place.

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.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

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