Relief Marine Engineer - QMED Oiler - R/V Sikuliaq (Temporary)

University of Alaska
June 30, 2024
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Relief Marine Engineer - QMED Oiler - R/V Sikuliaq (Temporary)
  • Job Number: 525134

  • Classification: Temporary Trades - Sikuliaq Non-Exempt

  • Grade: Temporary Staff Grade 77

  • Work type: Marine Worker, Temporary

  • Administrative Unit: University of Alaska Fairbanks

  • School/Business unit: UAF College of Fish & Ocean Science

  • Location: Seward

  • Categories: Marine Worker

  • Position Summary:

    Adventure, cutting-edge research, and a great crew await you. The R/V Sikuliaq, pronounced see-KOO-lee-auk, is a 261-foot oceanographic research ship capable of bringing scientists to the ice-choked waters of Alaska and the polar regions. If you are interested in the opportunity to work aboard one of the most advanced university research vessels in the world, apply today! We are currently accepting applications for temporary relief QMEDs.


    QMED, under supervision of the Engineering Department Staff, will assist in the engineering department of the global class, ice-capable oceanographic research vessel's propulsion and power plant machinery including all scientific and auxiliary machinery. Sikuliaq is powered by a diesel-electric propulsion system utilizing an integrated power plant concept providing 5,750 bhp of propulsion power through A/C frequency drives and two main motors to two fully azimuthing drives. The R/V SIKULIAQ is operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Seward Marine Center with a home port in Seward, Alaska. It is owned by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is a member of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet. This non- exempt position QMED will perform those standard and traditional duties incumbent to the position of Oiler watch stander and may stand security watches in port. The QMED will perform other duties as defined by a ship's senior officer during emergency situations, facilitate and support the scientific mission of each cruise, and comply with, participate in, and promote the vessel's safety management program. Strong interpersonal and communication skills with diverse shipboard personnel.Essential

    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: Strong mechanical problem solving skills and the ability to be at sea for extended periods of time are required. Operational understanding of fuel oil bunkering procedures and emergency response, safe usage of basic machine and hand tools, basic math and computer skills. Knowledge of basic good seamanship practices (knots, line-handling, general shipboard maintenance and care, preparation/preservation of steel surfaces, operation of deck equipment, winches, etc). Ability to work with a diverse group of people including scientists, ship's crew and technicians.

    Preferred Experience & Education:

    Prefer experience working in the engine room of a ship, at least 6 months while holding a MMC with QMED endorsement or higher. Experience with a wide range of vessel systems and their proper operation. Experience with and practice of good safety procedures. Preferred: Prefer experience on newer vessel propulsion systems and equipment. Mechanical operational and maintenance decisions, as required to safely and efficiently operate modern marine mechanical systems and equipment.

    Required Experience & Education:

    Qualified applicants must possess the following documents: Merchant Mariners Credential with endorsements of QMED, Basic Training and Rating Forming Part of an Engineering Watch. USCG Health Certificate, U.S. Passport, TWIC, and Driver's License.

    Legible copies of these credentials must be submitted with this application.

    Salary Information:

    This is a temporary position, grade 77. Including overtime and cruise leave cash out, starting pay averages about $350/day.

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    Please include the following documents with your application:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter

  • The names and contact information (email address and phone number) for three (3) professional references

  • Copy of your MMC (all pages)

  • Copy of your TWIC card

  • Copy of your USCG Medical Certificate

  • Copy of your passport

  • This is a pooled position, which means that the position remains open over the entire academic year. Submitting an application does not guarantee employment. Applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

    To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

    Applicants will be required to provide documentation of participation in a random drug testing program for at least 60 of the preceding 185 days, did not have any positive test results, and did not refuse to take a required test. If not under employment, where a random drug testing program exists, the applicant shall provide a completed test indicating they are free of illegal substance abuse, when requested by Seward Marine Center, prior to employment. Testing will be for the presence of cocaine, opiates, marijuana (THC), amphetamines and PCP (phencyclidine). Testing will be in accordance with the Department of Transportation Program and testing shall be in accordance with United States Coast Guard Drug and Alcohol Testing guidelines outlined in the Federal Register 46 C.F.R. 4, 5, and 16.

    The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

    UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.

    The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

    Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Sarah Walters, Sikuliaq HR Coordinator, at [email protected] or Ed deCastro, Sikuliaq Port Captain, at [email protected].

    Advertised: 17 Jul 2023 Alaskan Daylight Time Applications close: 30 Jun 2024 Alaskan Daylight Time

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