Deputy Director of Marine Engineering

Posted on August 16, 2021 at 11:27 a.m. by

The Maritime Executive

The Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) Alaska Marine Highway System is looking for an Assistant Director of Marine Engineering to help us keep Alaska moving!

What you will do:
You will supervise, through Junior Chief Engineers, all Section staff, exercising significant responsibility and control over the hiring, promotion, transfer, discipline and grievance handling of junior employees. You will also establish operating procedures and safety programs and train lead engineers.

Our organization, our mission and our values
The Department of Transportation & Utilities (DOT&PF) Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS), Marine Engineering Section The mission is to “keep Alaska moving” by improving regional mobility; you will help improve transportation opportunities based on demand, reliability, frequency, speed, safety, affordability, environmental responsibility and the uniqueness of our communities. You will also support economic vitality, improve system efficiency and, through your team, maintain or improve modal safety and ensure public process.

Benefits of joining our team
AMHS is looking for focused, hard-working individuals interested in positions within our shore-based engineering team. Typical advantages are working with the majority of marine engineering companies in the Pacific Northwest, exposure to all shipyards and repair facilities in the marine industry. Great development opportunities. For a quick breakdown of insurance, health, and retirement benefits available to state employees, you can watch an orientation video from the Pension and Benefits Division: http://doa.alaska. gov/drb/benefits/employee/orientation.html. Health insurance, which includes employer contributions for medical/vision/dental expenses. Good retirement benefits and paid holidays.

where you will work
This position is located in beautiful Ketchikan, Alaska, and the community has a lot to offer. Here are some characteristics of our region: The community of Ketchikan has both a historic flavor and a thriving, modern and diverse economy established in 1900 through the commercial fishing industry’s discovery of our salmon-rich waters. Residents can enjoy exceptional outdoor recreation as the nation’s largest Tongass National Forest is a temperate rainforest that covers large parts of Southeast Alaska, providing hiking opportunities on trails.

Who are we looking for
Knowledge of engineering concepts, principles and practices, as well as equipment, tools, mechanical devices and their uses to produce motion, light, energy, technology and other applications . Uses computers, software applications, databases and automated systems to complete work. Knowledge of engineering concepts, principles and practices, as well as equipment, tools, mechanical devices and their uses to produce motion, light, energy, technology and other applications .

Minimum qualifications
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college with a major in Marine Engineering, Naval Architecture, Naval Science, Marine Operations and Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, or Engineering Management;
Two years of professional experience in marine engineering or marine engineering management, including but not limited to building, repairing or converting ships, designing ship systems and marine equipment, or management of shipyards.
Possession of a Merchant Seaman (MMC) license or endorsement as Chief Engineer (Motorboat) unlimited.
Possession of an unlimited First Engineer (Motor Vessel) MMC license or endorsement and two years of licensed marine engineering experience.
Possession of an MMC license or endorsement as Second Engineer (Motorboat) Unlimited or Third Engineer (Motorboat) Unlimited and three years of licensed marine engineering experience.

Special Note:
Degrees in maritime transport or logistics and intermodal transport are not eligible.

Additional information required


The state’s online recruiting system, Workplace Alaska, requires applicants to certify that they have the legal right to accept employment in the United States. It is the employee’s responsibility to maintain proper documentation to accept or continue legal employment. The State of Alaska does not act as a sponsoring employer.

At the time of interview, please ensure that Merchant Navy credentials, US Coast Guard licenses, and other professional licenses are available for review.

Candidates must attach a cover letter to their application for this position. In your cover letter, in a professional format, detail your experience, training and/or education that supports the main responsibilities of this position, how you meet the minimum qualifications, and how your previous experience/education supports the demonstrated strengths listed in the job description above.

The cover letter will be considered a written sample and will be used to determine which candidates will proceed to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process. Applicants who do not submit a cover letter meeting the requirements detailed above will not be considered for an interview.

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Education completed at foreign colleges or universities can be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If you use this training, you must show that the credentials have been submitted to a private organization specializing in the interpretation of foreign credentials and that this training has been found to be at least equivalent to that obtained in conventional US education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university identifies the other institution as the one whose transcript is fully valued, or given full value in subjects applicable to the state university’s programs of study. It is your responsibility to provide this evidence when applying.

This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) position to be filled. The pool of candidates acquired during this recruitment may be used for future job offers up to ninety days after the closing of this recruitment. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply with each recruitment notice to ensure that all vacancies are considered.

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Contact information
Cisco Flores
Deputy Director of Marine Engineering

[email protected]

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