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FT Chief Engineer

Shipboard Officer / Personnel / Crew
Employment type
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
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Cape Fear Community College

Cape Fear Community College

Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) is the 6th largest community college within the North Carolina Community College System, with over 23,000 students enrolling in classes annually. Founded in 1958, CFCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.  

Located in historic downtown Wilmington, North Carolina, the main CFCC campus sits along the banks of the Cape Fear River.  CFCC has a satellite campus in Castle Hayne, as well as centers in Burgaw and Surf City. With more than 200 academic programs, CFCC students can opt to train for a new career in one of the college’s career and technical programs or earn a two-year college transfer degree.  

Moreover, the college offers an array of continuing education classes for lifelong learning and workforce development, as well as free courses in adult education, basic skills, and GED test preparation. Construction trades, power line technician, and Yamaha marine service technician are among the division’s new workforce development programs. And to entrepreneurs and small businesses, the Small Business Center serves as a resource for free seminars and free business counseling services.

CFCC’s Wilson Center opened in 2015 and is home to a 1,500-seat performance hall, a studio theater, art and music studios, classrooms, and more. While the Wilson Center is the largest and most technologically-sophisticated performing arts center in eastern North Carolina, an important focus of the facility is on student learning and academic growth. In this unique learning environment, students have the opportunity to work behind-the-scenes with professional touring performance companies.

Cape Fear Community College continues to expand—exploring new ways of providing high-quality, affordable opportunities for students to achieve their academic goals and career aspirations and striving to strengthen the local workforce by partnering with local employers to meet industry needs.  

Founded in 1958


Cape Fear Community College
Wilmington, NC, 28401 United States