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Temp. Engineering Watch Officer (SST 2023)

Shipboard Officer / Personnel / Crew
Employment type
Full Time

Required Education and Experience:

  • High School diploma or combination of education and experience

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Practical and theoretical knowledge of main and auxiliary engines

  • Must be proficient in the operation, maintenance and repair of steam and diesel powered vessels

  • Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others

Required Licenses and Certifications:

  • Third Assistant Engineer license for steam and motor vessels of unlimited horsepower or greater, TWIC, valid passport, and valid United States driver’s license, requisite STCW certifications, and proof of US eligibility for employment

Other Requirements or Other Factors:

  • Must pass USCG/DOT drug test prior to employment and participate in the University's random drug testing plan for drugs and alcohol required by TAMU System and University Rule (34.02.99 M1, 8.6.1)

  • Must be able to sail during all designated underway periods, including training sea terms aboard the training ship and present for shipyard periods or other periods ship is away from Galveston

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Graduate of a US maritime academy

  • Three years of total experience as an engineering officer on steam or diesel or gas turbine vessels

  • One year of underway watch standing experience as third assistant engineer (OICEW) on steam powered vessels of unlimited horsepower

  • The balance of the time may be as a day working third assistant engineer on steam, diesel or gas turbine vessels of unlimited horsepower

  • Experience on vessels with integrated diesel electric power plants

  • Shipyard dry dock /overhaul experience

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the operation, maintenance, repair and troubleshooting of the equipment and systems of steam power vessels

  • Knowledge of the operation, maintenance and repair of integrated diesel electric power systems

Preferred Licenses and Certifications:

  • USCG endorsement as third assistant engineer of gas turbine vessels – unlimited horsepower

  • EPA certification as universal refrigeration technician

  • STCW medical card


Job Description

The Engineering Watch Officer, under general supervision, stands engineering watches underway and while vessel is in full operational status when in port. Operates and maintains the equipment and systems aboard the vessel and perform other duties as directed by the chief engineer/first engineer relevant to their assigned position. Participates in the operational, maintenance and repair training of engineer cadets. In addition, the selected candidate must have the ability to lift or move moderately heavy objects and exert moderate force. Repeatedly ascend / descend steeply inclined stairs and vertical ladders – day and night and in inclement conditions. Ability to crawl above, below, and around obstructions and interferences in order to access equipment and systems for operation and maintenance. Ability to read and understand information displayed on various types of pressure gauges, flow meters, and other engineering equipment. The selected candidate will subscribe to and support our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability as stated above. If this job description sounds interesting to you, we invite you to apply to be considered for this opportunity.

Positions available: 11


  • Operations - Assists the Chief Engineer, 1st Assistant, 2nd Assistant and 3rd Assistant Engineers crew with all operation duties or his/her designated representative.  Monitors engine controls ensuring that the engines and auxiliary machinery stay in proper working order.   Performs maintenance on equipment and systems as directed by the chief engineer or his/her designated representative while the vessel is in full operational status and when the vessel is in a reduced operational status condition. When needed, utilizes a university vehicle to obtain parts or supplies. Performs “day work” as directed.

  • Watch Standing - Stands engineering watches underway and while vessel is in full operational status when in port.

  • Instructor/Mentor - Participates in the education and instruction of engineer cadets by direction to the extent that it does not interfere with their operational duties. Performs other duties as assigned.

What you need to know

Revised Pay Scale
Full Operating Status (FOS):
Chief Engineer & 1st A/E Licenses: $56.25/hour based on 8-hour day, est. $450/day.
2nd & 3rd A/E Licenses: $43.75/hour based on 8-hour day; est. $350/day.


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