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Marine Electrician Job ID 2022-1801 22 views

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a temporary relief Marine Electrician to join the Ship Operations Department. The assignment date range for this position is 9/20/2022 to 12/2/2022.  This is a temporary, casual, non-exempt position, and is eligible for casual benefits.


Reporting to Chief Engineer/First Assistant, assists with the proper operation, maintenance, and repair of electrical equipment and systems on the R/V Neil Armstrong and R/V Atlantis; and assists scientific personnel in using shipboard power.

Essential Functions

  • Able to work with minimum supervision.
  • Maintains and repairs electrical power generating and distribution systems; voltage regulators, engine governors, and equipment; machinery monitoring and remote control systems; power, control, and display systems of deck and science-related equipment, and DC propulsion generators, motors, and control circuits.
  • Assists with repairs in port.
  • Performs routine checks of electrical equipment including Daily Check of lighting, indicators, motor controllers, and wiring, Monthly Checks of test batteries of auxiliary and emergency generators, general alarm, and bridge lighting; mast and sound-powered telephone inspection and maintenance. Quarterly check of insulation test readings; maintains all moving parts of windlass, winches, and related deck machinery; and inspects secure connections. Yearly check of main and emergency boards, and masthead lights.
  • Advises scientific crew on most suitable use of electrical power; maintains science winch displays and power circuits in labs; helps determine electrical requirements; and supervises adapting and connecting of scientific equipment to shipboard power.
  • Performs day work and other duties as required.

Education & Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent education, two years sea duty as an Engineer or Electrician on a similar vessel; in the absence of a diploma, equivalent work experience
  • Require U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner’s credential endorsed as an Electrician or 3rd Assistant engineer unlimited HP, Motor
  • Candidates must have good communication skills, familiarity with a variety of engine room and ship’s electrical systems, the ability to discern and help repair equipment malfunctions and to perform basic mathematical calculations, and demonstrate good safety practices and procedures
  • In addition, all unlicensed personnel must have all applicable training as required by the Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 95) and a Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) and hold an unexpired Passport
  • Must be able to pass a Pre-employment DOT drug screen
  • Must hold an Unexpired (STCW Expiration date) USCG med Certificate

Special Requirements

All marine crew, including this position, must provide proof of COVID vaccination in order to begin your employment. The definition of “fully” vaccinated for purposes of shipboard personnel is the original double/single dose vaccination, depending on which vaccine was used (Pfizer, Moderna, or J&J), plus a booster and a period of two weeks after the booster. Boosters are mandatory if 6 months has lapsed since completing 2 dose series of Pfizer or Moderna, or 2 months since 1 dose of J+J.

Physical Requirements

  • All marine positions have essential functions that personnel must be able to perform, minimum physical capacities and requirements that all personnel must meet, and working conditions that may be considered hazardous.
  • Essential Functions
  • Work at least 8 hours per day and, at times in excess of 12 hours per day, 7 days per week.
  • Work at sea for three to five months continuously.
  • Live and work in cramped quarters, frequently in bad weather and with violent ship motion.
  • Pass examinations for visual acuity, color sense, and hearing as established in Title 46 CFR Parts 10 and 12, and pass a physical evaluation as described in the enclosed Navigation and Vessel Inspection Articles 6-89.
  • Climb steep and vertical ladders, and enter and exit compartments through hatches, doors, and sills up to two feet high.
  • Participate in emergency drills and in launching lifeboats and life rafts.
  • Perform physical labor, climb and handle moderate weights and equipment over 50 pounds.


Physical Capability Example of Essential Function
Balance Work in confined and unstable areas.
Bend, kneel, squat Clean, maintain, and inspect equipment.
Climb Reach work areas, equipment and stores by ladder and stairs.
Crawl Crawl through bilge pockets, and under ladders and winch beds.
Feel Touch objects: where sight is limited.
Finger Manipulate nuts, bolts, tools, and cleaning gear.
Handle Handle equipment and stores with sure grip.
Hear, talk Communicate with people.
Lift, carry Load stores over 50 pounds.
Push, pull Move equipment over 50 pounds.
Reach Up, over, and under equipment and stores.
See Read labels, menus, logs, charts, and gauges in poor lighting.
Sit Operate crane, Avon, lifeboat, and life raft.
Stand Work on equipment.
Walk Perform rounds at sea.
Write Maintain logs.
Work Condition Example of Hazardous Area/Duty
Confined areas Store rooms, engine spaces, and tanks
Potential allergens and irritants Fuels, solvents, cleaners, dust, fumes, smoke, and gases
Adverse weather On deck in rough seas during equipment maintenance
Extreme temperatures On deck in tropics and high latitudes; in engine room
Potential hazards Being at sea; slippery and uneven surfaces; moving parts and objects; climbing ladders; and working aloft
Noise Constant and loud engine room noise, blowers, exhaust fans
Schedule Protracted and irregular working hours
Vibrations Ship’s engines and chipping hammer

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  • Company Address 266 Woods Hole Road Woods Hole, MA 02543
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