Junior Engineer, Ship & Marine Operations

at University of Delaware in Lewes, Delaware, United States

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University of Delaware
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Job No: 497224
Work Type: Staff
Location: Lewes
Categories: Research & Laboratory, Full Time



The HUGH R SHARP (SHARP) is a $20+m University owned advanced technology floating laboratory which supports oceanographic research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Office of Naval Research (ONR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and academic intuitions throughout the U.S. The University of Delaware is a member of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) and is one of the few institutions nationwide that operates a regional class research vessel. Safe and efficient operation and maintenance of the ship is essential for the safety of personnel, accomplishment of research goals, and generation of revenue to cover the $2+m annual operating budget for the vessel. The principal emphasis of the Third Engineer position is the operation and basic maintenance of engineering machinery and equipment. The Third Engineer also operates deck equipment to deploy and recover research equipment over the side of the ship. Under direction of the Captain, Chief Engineer, or Assistant Chief Engineer, the Junior Engineer / AB performs skilled work to ensure the power plant and auxiliary machinery aboard the ship is operating properly, performing routine maintenance, and assisting with emergency repairs to keep the ship on mission projects. They also maintain cleanliness and perform preservation of engineering and other spaces aboard ship. As AB they will support deck operations and maintenance underway or in port. The SHARP is a highly technical research vessel with numerous electronic controls and a twin azimuth-drive propulsion system. When standing watch as Duty Engineer, the Junior Engineer is responsible for monitoring all engineering systems and operating deck equipment while the Chief or Assistant Chief Engineer is off duty. Independent judgment and initiative are required in ensuring safety of personnel and equipment while operating deck equipment and detecting and reacting to problems with engineering systems or to emergency situations. The Junior Engineer will generally sail up to 2/3 of the ship's maximum sailing schedule (up to 140 days per year) as well as fulfilling responsibilities ashore. At sea they stand watch as Duty Engineer or Able Seaman / Ordinary Seaman, operate deck equipment, and perform repairs and maintenance. Ashore they perform repairs and maintenance, assist with fueling, loading, and unloading scientific equipment, procuring engineering supplies, and assist with preparing the ship for the next cruise.

  • Stand engineering watch while underway (six hours on/six hours off) as a trainee and solo when qualified; operate and monitor major engine room machinery, equipment, and auxiliary systems; make periodic rounds of the machinery spaces and ship. Maintain log/record books to document rounds, maintenance, and pass down information. Assist the Navigation watch as vessel look out as needed.
  • Maintain awareness of the condition of all ship's engineering systems and tank levels. Advise the Chief Engineer and/or Officer of the Watch (Mate) of issues that may impact the safety or operational capability of the vessel.

    Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/disability/protected veteran status

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Job Posting: 876114

Posted On: Dec 18, 2021

Updated On: Dec 24, 2021