WHO WE ARE
At UnCruise Adventures, we work together to support and build a brand that provides an enriching adventure travel experience that inspires an appreciation of local cultures and the natural world. This means we kayak among icebergs, travel to hidden waterfalls, snorkel with sea lions, dive with manta rays and share air with whales. Our destinations include Alaska, Columbia & Snake Rivers, Costa Rica & Panama, Belize, Galapagos, Hawaiian Islands, Mexico’s Sea of Cortes, and Pacific Northwest. Every team member plays a major role in bringing the adventure to life. When you join our team, you become an important part of our uniqueness.
The Port Engineer is primarily responsible for ensuring overseeing the safe and efficient operation of the various equipment onboard the company's fleet of 8 vessels. The Port Engineer will collaborate with vessel captains and engineers to develop plans and manage the maintenance and repair work of all vessel systems during shipyards and drydocking's. This includes scheduling vendors, shipyards and regulatory offices to attend the vessel as necessary. Port engineer will collaborate with the Vessel Business Officer (VBO) to provide oversight of budgetary controls for all spending throughout the year. Port Engineer will collaborate with the Captain to manage the daily efforts of the onboard engineering team.
This is a full time, year-round exempt position with a salary range of $85,000-$95,000 depending on the candidates' qualifications. The job is primarily based in Juneau, AK with significant time in Seattle, WA during winter shipyard periods (housing provided). There will be periodic travel throughout the year to Washington state, Hawaii, and Mexico for emergency relief, ship-check inspections, departmental audits, and skills training. This position reports to the Director of Engineering.
- Collaborate with captains/project managers and engineers to plan for and manage shipyard repair and maintenance projects.
- Visit vessels every week when in Juneau, meeting with Engineers and VLT members concerning mechanical issues, repairs and future shipyard planning. This will consume all turn days in Juneau.
- Being a guiding light and mentor to company engineers is a key element of this position.
- Participate in all U.S. Coast Guard annual dry-docks and inspections.
- Manage contractors to ensure completion of work as scheduled.
- Track all vessel Preventive Maintenance Schedules for routine items as well as future shipyard projects for assigned vessel(s).
- Collaborate with the Vessel Business Officer (VBO) to provide oversight of budgetary controls for all spending throughout the year.
- Assist in building the annual shipyard budgets for assigned vessels.
- Coordinate with regulatory agencies to ensure that legal and mandated requirements for vessel alterations, repair, or modifications are achievable.
- Track and follow up on all vessel Non-Conformity Reports and Equipment Deficiencies in the company SMS (Sinex) program for assigned vessels.
- Provide technical assistance to vessel engineers and the UnCruise purchasing department on engineering parts, orders and repair requests.
- Participate in the recruitment, placement, scheduling and travel logistics of vessel engineers.
- Assist in development of training programs for engineers as directed.
- Manage engineering department’s vessel and warehouse inventory control.
- Conduct periodic vessel audits to ensure the vessel crew is following regulations and company policies. This is typically done in Juneau on turnaround days.
- Maintain familiarity with all duties under the company Safety Management System including Emergency Response Activities.
- Maritime Engineering School Graduate and/or an Engineering license preferred. Practical experience may be substituted after thorough review.
- 5 or more years' experience as sailing Chief Engineer or management of ship construction or repair maybe substituted for all or some of the required Chief Engineer Experience at the discretion of the hiring manager.
- Full comprehension of diesel engine operation and electrical generating systems.
- Full comprehension of marine systems such as fuel centrifuges; air compressors; centrifugal pumps; piston pumps; fans and blowers; hydraulic power and control systems; Reverse Osmosis water makers; plumbing; HVAC equipment; marine electronics and navigation equipment; batteries and chargers; inverters; UPS units.
- Proficient user of computer systems, with the ability to utilize Microsoft software applications in a Windows environment. Knowledge of Microsoft Project, Autodesk AutoCad or Solid Works and Adobe Acrobat.
- Professional demeanor, ability to use appropriate levels of tact and courtesy when communicating with individuals across a wide cultural background is required at all times.
- Strong time management skills; able to handle multiple tasks, set priorities and meet deadlines is required at all times.
- Crisis management; works well under pressure, acts quickly and decisively using sound judgment.
The Port Engineer must have the ability to professionally present information and respond to questions when interacting with vendors, regulatory personnel, and passenger(s). This individual must have the ability to read, analyze and interpret professional journals, technical procedures and/or governmental regulations. Written reports are required for every yard and dry dock project.
- Assessment of People: Strengths and Weakness
- Negotiation of Contracts and Warranties
Licenses, Certificates, Registrations:
- US Merchant Mariner License-Chief Engineer preferred
- Valid Passport required or in process.
- Valid TWIC card required or in process.
- STCW Basic Safety Training preferred
- STCW Crowd Management preferred
- Fire Fighting Certification preferred
Position will be physically demanding at times. Bending, climbing, repetitive motion, and heavy lifting are requirements of this position. Additionally, must be able to work in a standard office environment with sitting, typing and writing for 8 to 10 hours per day. The incumbent must be comfortable traveling by commercial jet, Alaskan bush plane, passenger train, passenger van, taxi, small inflatable open boat, water taxi, etc. as required by travel requirements to get to the vessel in any possible location.
- Cruise Benefit – Explore the world as our guests do: employees receive one complimentary cruise for two people every year, after each year of employment.
- Health and Wellness – Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance and flexible spending account options.
- 401k – Employees are eligible after 1 year of employment.
- Paid Holidays– Enjoy eleven company-paid holidays annually.
- Paid Vacation - Earn paid vacation and sick time throughout the year, and qualify for more vacation days as you gain tenure.
- Give Back to the Community – Make a difference by volunteering for non-profit and community organizations that you choose using two company-paid VTO (volunteer time off) days each year.
- Eco-Commute – Earn $10/day when you commute to work without the use of a single-occupancy motorized vehicle. You can carpool, walk, bike, take the bus, or kayak.
- Free Parking – Employee parking is free at our Juneau and Seattle office on days they commute by car.
The Port Engineer typically works 8 hours day, 5 days a week when in Juneau. The work week in Juneau is Thursday-Monday with Tuesday and Wednesday off when the Alaska season is underway. Days are 12 hours per day while sailing. The job requires the ability to field after-hours and weekend phone calls from the fleet as well as 24 hour on-call availability (when vessels are sailing) for all breakdowns and contingencies.
This job description is intended only to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an employee in this position. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills or abilities required of persons so classified or assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
It is the policy of UnCruise Adventures not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, marital status, citizenship, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, ancestry, national origin, or veteran status in its educational programs, activities, or employment as required by law.
Job Type: Full-time