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Third Mate

Shipboard Officer / Personnel / Crew
Employment type
Full Time
Entry level


Required Education:

High School Diploma or GED, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Experience:


Preferred Education:

Graduate of a US Maritime Academy.

Preferred Experience:

Previous Ship-Handling Experience – Underway – Un-Docking and Docking – Anchor Handling and Vessel Mooring. Shipyard Overhaul experience. Some experience as Able-bodied Seaman, unlimited, to include experience as a rated Boatswain.

Required Licenses and Certifications

Licensed by USCG as Third Mate of Steam or Motor Vessel of any Gross Tons Upon Oceans, Radar Observer (Unlimited). Endorsements must include: STCW VI/I Basic Safety Training, STCW II/I Bridge Resource Management, ARPA (OICNW), STCW IV/2 GMDSS, STCW VI/3 Advanced Firefighting, STCW VI/4 Proficient in Providing Medical first aid, STCW VI/2 Proficient in the use of survival craft, rescue boat and fast rescue boat (lifeboat man), STCW VI/6 Vessel Personnel designated with Security Duties. Hold a valid and recent TWIC (Transportation Workers Identity Card), and passport. Must Have RADAR, ARPA, GMDSS, BST, FF and VSO Endorsements.

Preferred Licenses and Certifications:

Proficient in Fast Rescue Boat.

Required Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Must be proficient in all aspects of Bridge Navigational Watch-Standing (OICNW). Excellent organizational, managerial and supervisory skills. Ability to deal with a wide variety of individuals while training Corps of Cadets in Maritime skills. Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.

Preferred Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Proficient in the use of Desk-Top and Personal Computers.  Effective Leadership Skills and Written / Oral Communications Skills.

Restrictions and Other

Restricted by Patriot Act:


D.O.T. regulated:

No DOT.  Regulated by USCG

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:


Machines or equipment used in the performance of essential duties:

Industrial Equipment - 15 hours

Desk Machinery - 15 hours

Other Requirements or Other Factors:

Must be able to safely launch, run and recover Fast Rescue and Utility Boats.  Must be proficient is the use of Deck Machinery including Hydraulic Cranes. Ability to lift or move moderately heavy objects and exert moderate force. 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 cruises aboard the training ship and be present for shipyard periods or other periods ship is away from Galveston. Requires Standing, Lifting up to 50 lbs. Requires stepping through hatches, climbing ladders, and working in close spaces. Requires the ability to wear required personal protective equipment. Must be able to work in various temperatures, indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions including heat, cold, rain and dry environmental conditions. Must be able to safely operate Industrial Equipment.

Preferred Other Factors


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.


Job Description Summary: The Third Mate, under general supervision, is responsible for lifesaving appliances and firefighting equipment of the vessel and safety and maintenance of same.

NOTE: MUST apply through TAMUS Workday link provided below:

Job Responsibilities

65% - Ship Operations

Works in conjunction with and reports to the Captain and the Chief Mate.  Forms part of the Bridge Resource Management Team.  Assists is verifying that all Log Books and other documents are properly maintained. Responsible for supervising deck work / maintenance and keeping planned maintenance system records.  Assists in Vessel Security.

20% - Ship Navigation

Responsible for supervising an Underway Bridge Navigational Watch (OICNW).

10% - OJT for Cadets

Participates in the education and instruction of Deck Cadets by direction.

5% - Other

Performs other duties as assigned.

Apply Instructions

NOTE: MUST apply through TAMUS Workday link provided below: