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Marine Operations

Chief Engineer Term NTE 18 Months

Job Announcement Number


Job Availability Date Range

January 24, 2020 to February 7, 2020

Job Series

WM 9931

Job Grade


Salary Minimum


Salary Maximum


Appointment Type

Excepted Service

Who May Apply

Open to all qualified United States citizens who are not currently employed with NOAA as wage mariner employees. Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Job Duties

On the NOAA Ship Oscar E. Sette, homeported in Honolulu, HI the Chief Engineer plans, directs and performs as necessary the activities of the Engineering Department in carrying out its assigned functions and responsibilities.  Has overall responsibility for engineering, electrical and electronic systems.  Plans, directs and performs as necessary maintenance and repair work on the engineering directs and performs maintenance and repair work on the Engineering Department's ship systems in accordance with manufacturers and shipbuilder's technical manuals and NOAA policy. Knowledge and use of Shipboard Automated Maintenance Management System (SAMMS). Supervises department personnel including evaluating and recommending candidates for departmental positions; planning and directing work assignments; training personnel and arranging for training for subordinates; administering a formal performance evaluation process; Equal Employment Opportunity; assuring proper timekeeping and leave planning; and proposing initiating of disciplinary action when required.  Maintains an accurate accounting of equipment and consumable supplies on hand; determines requirements based on operations plans and schedules; prepares associated budget proposals; and makes purchases as authorized.  Maintains the required formal equipment and spares inventories.  Provides on-the-job training and guidance to other assistant engineers in the use of SAMMS.  Makes SAMMS entries as required.  Keeps other required records, logs and reports.  Personally performs or closely supervises particularly complex or difficult technical work and activities that are crucial to the ship’s mission.  Assigns and oversees required maintenance work to be performed on a regularly scheduled basis.  Performs or prepares specifications and estimates for major system modifications and overhauls.  Assures that contractual repairs and service work are closely monitored and approved by ship’s personnel.  Prepares required reports, correspondence and other documentation.  Enforces compliance with all applicable laws, federal and agency regulations, and ship’s command orders within the department.  Stands watches at sea or in port when required by engineering system failures or mission requirements; may be on call, at sea or in port during non-normal work day hours as required.  Reviews safety practices and conditions in the department and other parts of the ship periodically and recommends appropriate improvements.  Performs other mission-related duties as assigned, including duties related to the safety of the vessel and personnel.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  1. Applicant must be a United States citizen of at least 18 years of age.
  2. Possess a current and valid United States Coast Guard Merchant Mariners Credential endorsed with:

Chief Engineer (2000 or higher horsepower, 1600 or greater tonnage)

  3. Selectee must have one (1) year experience as First Assistant Engineer

  4. Selectee must be determined suitable for federal employment

  5. Males must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (

  6. Applicant must be able to obtain and hold a US Passport.

Conditions of Employment

This is a Term position not to exceed eighteen (18) months but could be extended up to four (4) years. This position may be converted to Career or Career Conditional without further competition.

As a conditional of employment, your position will be a Mixed Tour position. Mixed Tour of duty is a combination of full time, part time and intermittent work schedules which allows the best utilization of resources based on the work requirements of the organization. You will be required to sign a Mixed Tour Agreement.

Your duty location will be determined by your home of record or ship’s home port. Duty locations are Norfolk, VA; Charleston, SC; Woods Hole, MA; Pascagoula, MS; Newport, OR; Kodiak, AK; Ketchikan, AK; San Diego, CA; Honolulu, HI; Davisville, RI; New Castle, NH.

  1. Selectee must be able to successful pass drug testing prior to appointment. This is a random Drug Testing position. 
  2. Selectee may be required to successfully complete a trial period
  3. Selectee must be able to successfully pass physical requirements prior to appointment and maintain all NOAA medical requirements
  4. Participate in direct deposit/electronic funds transfer as the standard method of payroll payments.

Evaluation Criteria

Applicants who meet the Minimum Eligibility Requirements described above will be further evaluated. Documented knowledge, skills, and abilities along with experience, education, training, and awards contained in the application package and resume will be reviewed and rated to determine The Knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) are as follows:

  1. Applied knowledge of engineering to ensure proper operation, monitoring, repair, and maintenance of engine machinery, equipment, and spaces.
  2. Ability to organize, coordinate, direct, evaluate, and assess the work of others.
  3. Analytical skills to troubleshoot, operate, and repair assigned ship equipment and to interpret technical manuals, blueprints, etc.
  4. Applied Knowledge of marine fuel systems and fueling operations.
  5. Skill in maintenance and operation repairing auxiliary machinery and marine equipment (diesel engines, deck winches, windlasses or capstans, gravity davits, pumps, hydraulics and refrigeration).
  6. Oral and written communication skills as well as computer skills, including demonstrated ability to use common shipboard applications (e.g. Shipboard Automated Maintenance Management (SAMM) system, Microsoft Office Excel and Word, etc.).

To earn the highest rating possible, you are encouraged to submit detailed information in response to the KSAs listed above.

How to Apply

Email resumes to sends e-mail).

Fax resumes to (757) 441-6495.

Any questions may be directed to the Marine Personnel Branch via email at sends e-mail).

Job Notes

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Failure to provide the required information requested for this position will adversely affect your eligibility. Federal job applicants who make a false statement in any part of the application could be turned down for the job; removed after beginning work; or subject to fine, imprisonment (U.S. Code, title 18, section 1001), or other disciplinary action.

NOAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All applicants meeting minimum qualifications will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.


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