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Marine Operations

Engineering Electronics Technician

Job Availability Date Range

November 3, 2016 to November 17, 2016

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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

Engineering Electronics Technician performs work in the Maintenance Department and is responsible for maintaining and repairing the ship’s engineering related electronic/mechanical systems to include electrical generation and propulsion operation and monitoring systems electric bow thrusters, automated control, monitoring and indicating systems for ballast, fueling, HVAC, refrigeration, fire and general alarm systems; dynamic positioning systems; steering systems; miscellaneous unattended alarm panels; and electronically controlled deck equipment such as winches and/or cranes; and other electronically controlled hydraulic systems including center boards.

The duties of a wage marine Engineering Electronics Technician include but are not limited to; maintaining, operating and troubleshooting  electrical generation and propulsion operation and monitoring systems; electric bow thrusters, automated control, monitoring and indicating systems for  ballast, fueling, HVAC, refrigeration,  fire and general alarm systems; un-interruptible power supplies (UPS's); dynamic positioning system; steering system; autopilot system;  ; and miscellaneous unattended alarm panels. The incumbent operates, maintains, and troubleshoots electronic control system components including programmable logic controllers, Flex I-O couplers and fiber optic control systems.  The incumbent is responsible for electronically controlled deck equipment such as winches and/or cranes; electronically controlled hydraulic systems; and any additional electronically controlled/automated systems or machinery as designated by the supervisor. The incumbent will use a variety of computer diagnostic tools for troubleshooting electronic equipment on the ships and will record maintenance actions in computerized shipboard maintenance tracking programs.  The incumbent also occasionally performs general electrician duties such as installing and maintaining lighting fixtures, troubleshooting miscellaneous electrical systems, etc.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

1.  Applicant must be a United States Citizen

2.  Possess a current and valid United States Coast Guard Merchant Mariners Credential with Entry Level ratings:

- Ordinary Seaman, Wiper, Steward Utility (FH)

- QMED-Electrician preferred

3.  Applicant must meet physical requirements prior to appointment

4.  Applicant must pass drug testing prior to appointment

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

6.  Must meet Federal suitability standards

7.  Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (

Conditions of Employment

As a condition 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.

Once selected, you may be sent to any vessel nationwide.  There is no guarantee that you will be assigned to any particular vessel or geographic location, however, your duty station 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.

Successful completion of a one year trial period may be required.

Position is a Testing Designated Position.

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. Ability to operate, maintain, repair, and troubleshoot complex engineering electronic and/or electro-mechanical systems
  2. Experience in developing policies, standards, and procedures for maintenance, installation and operation of electronically controlled systems.
  3. Ability to read, interpret, and apply technical data
  4. Shipboard marine engineering equipment/systems, practices and procedures as well as commercial electronic
  5. Ability to communicate

How to Apply

Email resumes to

Fax resumes to (757) 441-6495.

Any questions may be directed to the Marine Personnel Branch via email at

Job Notes

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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