Vessel Chief Engineer
ALLEN MARINE, INC.
Are you looking for great position in an exciting place with a rewarding company? You will be working in a fast-paced environment working on our small ship cruising vessels.
A Little About Us:
Allen Marine, the parent company of Alaskan Dream Cruises, was established in 1970 when Bob and Betty Allen, and their five children, restored a ruined boat that became the St. Michael- the first in a long line of Allen Marine tour vessels named after saints of the family’s Russian Orthodox faith.
By working together, the Allen’s were able to keep pace with Alaska’s rapidly expanding tourism industry. The Allen Marine tours of today are highly professional, staffed with well-trained crews, and guided by gifted naturalists. While altogether more polished marine tours than in the days when Betty and her children served treats and dispensed Russian tea from a samovar while Bob ran the boat, Allen Marine remains a company owned, operated, and guided by a family of life-long Alaskans.
Allen Marine’s success can be traced to Bob and Betty’s competitive drive, creativity, ingenuity, and good timing. But the most important ingredient is family. In the early years, as the couple struggled to keep their business afloat, their children worked beside them—cleaning, crewing, and later, skippering the vessels. Bob and Betty’s children and grandchildren now run the company.
Bob Allen is fond of saying, “Just because it hasn’t been done before, doesn’t mean we can’t do it,” a can-do attitude reflected in the boats Allen Marine designs, builds, and operates. The operating characteristics of these one-of-a-kind tour vessels so impressed NY Waterways of Weehawken, New Jersey, that the Allen's were commissioned to build a total of 19 passenger ferries. When Flight 1549 crash-landed on the Hudson River, half of the boats surrounding the sinking jet had been built in Sitka, Alaska. The rescue effort, greatly aided by the fast and highly maneuverable Allen Marine ferries, put the “miracle” in “Miracle on the Hudson.”
The sale of 19 vessels to NY Waterway represents the largest single export of manufactured products in the history of the 49th state. But it is just one of the remarkable achievements of this uniquely Alaskan family and the company they run. Allen Marine operates over 30 vessels, employs more than 300 Alaskans, and provides daily and week-long tours and cruises throughout Southeast Alaska, while building aluminum boats and structural products at its boat shop in Sitka.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Leads and manages according to the core Values of True Alaskan Hospitality as defined in our Mission Statement: Immerse each guest in personable and unsurpassed level of service we call True Alaskan Hospitality.
· Responsible for the proper operation and maintenance of all systems in the engineering spaces. This includes but not limited to, the propulsion systems and their controls, bilge and fire systems, electrical systems and components, HVAC systems, various pumps and piping systems, pneumatics, hydraulics and fuel and oil systems. The maintenance of these systems centers on the preventive maintenance plan in place on the vessel. The engineer is required to keep the master of the vessel and the Port Engineer notified as to the condition of these systems and to report any maintenance on these systems that would affect their operation.
· Maintain and repair deck machinery such as capstans, winches, davits and misc. hydraulics. Keep potable water system to ADEC standards and ensure that proper documentation and records are kept proving compliance. Maintain and repair hotel systems such as air conditioning and plumbing and respond to passenger and crew complaints pertaining to these systems. Train deckhands in basic room repairs to assist the engineer with these tasks. Regularly inspect all voids and bilges for structural and watertight integrity. Report all findings to the master of the vessel. Ensure that all voids and bilges are kept clean and dry with respect to pollution control regulations.
· Follow vessel and ADC guidelines to ensure that fueling and the bunkering of oil are completed in a safe manner. Provide the master of the vessel with daily fuel reports and inform the master before any fuel is bunkered.
· Assist the deck department as needed with line handling and rigging of the ships gangway. Other deck duties may be required as assigned by the vessel master.
· Maintain proper engineering logs as directed by the Port Engineer. This is to include the daily log, fuel and water logs, gray and black water logs, preventive maintenance records and machinery index. Assist the Port Engineer with development of the current ships maintenance projects for the annual repair period.
· Education requires specialized or technical knowledge and formal training in the operation and maintenance of all onboard systems.
· 3-5 years in a marine engineering capacity is required.
· Strong communication skills: verbal, non-verbal.
· Strong writing skills with ability to communicate written technical information.
· Interpersonal skills with ability to manage situations where satisfactory resolution of issues must be achieved. (Such as stateroom repairs)
· Responsible for planning and performing all duties to make vessel ready for sea, carrying out all preventative maintenance and making all necessary repairs while underway. Shall be responsible for training and guiding other crew to operate various systems.
· Must pass a security background check and DOT drug test.
· Vocational training is highly recommended in the areas of diesel mechanics, marine electricity, refrigeration and hydraulics.
· Proven team player and have a Can-Do attitude.
· Organized, even tempered.
· Ability to take directions and work with a diverse team.
· Ability to interpret and follow rules, policy and procedures.
· Ability to maintain composure with courteous and professional demeanor.
Traits and Characteristics:
· Strong commitment to safety.
· A genuine desire to serve the public.
· Positive, personable and professional demeanor.
· Adaptive to learning new skills and knowledge.
· Adaptive to changes in a progressive work environment.
· Strong record of being organized, dependable and punctual.
· Strong conflict resolution skills and ability to work within a diverse workforce.
It is strongly recommended that applicants have access to a computer and a mobile phone during the entire hiring process. We expect to hear from candidates within a few days of our communication (request for interview, documentation, follow up, etc.) Recruitment process cannot continue if the candidate is not responsive. Please note that how you communicate with a potential employer is part of the evaluation process. Always be polite, prompt and professional when communicating with the office.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Chief Engineer stays in private quarters. Crew stays in shared quarters onboard with little privacy and relatively constant vibration and engine noise often for long periods of time. This is a fast-paced and dynamic work environment with a diverse workforce. Crew may be moved from one vessel to another at the discretion of Management. Due to remote locations of vessel routes, internet connectivity is limited. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Job Types: Full-time, Contract, Temporary
Pay: $325.00 - $350.00 per day
Alaskan Dream Cruises has a state approved Community/Workplace Protection Plan.
- High school or equivalent (Preferred)
- Driver's License (Preferred)
- Merchant Mariner Credential? (Preferred)
Visa Sponsorship Potentially Available:
- No: Not providing sponsorship for this job
This Job Is:
- A job for which military experienced candidates are encouraged to apply
- A good fit for applicants with gaps in their resume, or who have been out of the workforce for the past 6 months or more
- Open to applicants who do not have a college diploma
- Remote interview process
- Personal protective equipment provided or required
- Temperature screenings
- Social distancing guidelines in place
- Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place