Marine Propulsion Field Service Engineer
Sound Propeller Systems, LLC
Portland, OR

Here at Sound Propeller Systems (SP Systems) we are proud of our well-rounded family friendly team environment with generous benefits program, and no-drama/ low stress atmosphere. Visit our website at for more company information and to see examples of what we do. Together we inspect and repair larger scale commercial marine propulsion equipment. Most of our work takes place in a local shipyard setting, but some parts can be transported to our large warehouse facility to be worked on in house. We review drawings for design intent, and make recommendations to make repairs based off our inspection findings.

Wage Scale/ Benefits: Wage determined on experience and includes an annual cost of living adjustment increase with performance review annually. Opportunities for overtime/ double-time, and 100% paid travel (most traveled field service guy logged 71 days total out of town in 2016 – which included several different trips/ projects). Generous benefit offerings including company cell phone, AAA road side membership, paid vacation, 9 paid holidays a year, 401K with matching options, AD&D insurance policy and family medical, vision, and dental. Plus, a $22 to $35+ an hour take-home compensation (not considering benefits package) and is determined by level of experience. With benefits factored, the wage scale is: $37.26 to $48.34+ an hour (does not include bonuses or gifts). Overtime pay available after your first 8 hours worked daily.

Preferred Skillsets: Experience with commercial marine propulsion equipment in an industrial shipyard environment preferred (although we are prepared to provide training to the person with the right positive attitude and technical aptitude). Project management exposure & ability to communicate effectively via verbal, written, and visual avenues. Knowledge of hydraulics/ controls systems, and how systems work together. Outside and or inside machinist background. Self-starter and ability to direct others. Willing to travel outside the area for several days at a time. General computer skills including how to email, save files, word, excel and navigate the internet. Positive attitude and team player. Must pass pre-employment drug test and physical.

Job Description for Marine Field Service Engineer

Job Summary Provide technical service and repair of commercial marine propulsion systems including controllable pitch propellers, bow thrusters, z-drives, electronic and pneumatic control systems and stern tube sealing systems by performing the following duties.

Duties Work within parameters of job specifications as bid/ estimated, and communicate all changes in work scope to the Project and General Managers.

Visually inspect marine propulsion equipment to locate wear and/or cause of malfunction or repairs needed.

Provide mechanical repair service to marine propulsion equipment both in house and in the field safely and efficiently.

Direct shipyard crew to safely and properly disassemble and re-assemble propulsion equipment.

Inspect and measure parts to detect wear, misalignment, and or other problems.

Maintain correspondence & communication with shipyard contact, Operations and General managers while servicing equipment in shipyard setting.

Complete required documentation paperwork (white sheets, equipment inspections, Condition Found Reports, and appropriate rental & tracking paperwork).

Consult blueprint sketches, drawings, manuals, or specifications to align and assemble or disassemble equipment correctly.

Troubleshoot pneumatic, electronic and hydraulic systems and adjust per manufacturer’s systems recommendations and intended design specifications.

Arrange travel and lodging to off site or out of state service locations.

Submit travel expenses (to the bookkeeper), receipts (to the bookkeeper) and service reports (to the Operations & General managers) etc. to the appropriate team member in a timely fashion.

Complete in house equipment safety preventative maintenance checks on necessary items (forklift, cranes, lifting/ rigging straps, and work vehicles etc).

Maintain a clean and safe working environment – both in the field and in house.

Wear proper safety equipment for work tasks being performed – both in house and in the field.

Complete other tasks as assigned.

Essential functions of this job

Must be able to read and understand mechanical and hydraulic blueprints.

Must be able to accurately take and read measurements with indicators (micrometers, dial and digital calipers, depth micrometer, and vernier calipers etc.).

Ability to navigate and operate Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Outlook efficiently.

Ability to communicate clearly verbally and have legible hand writing.

Must have a valid Washington State Drivers License, and Passport.

Must be able to travel out of state and/or country for unspecified periods of time (usually no more than a week at a time) on short notice.

Ability to understand and follow all state and company safety rules.

Reports to: General Manager

Job Type: Full-time

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $50,000.00 to $90,000.00 /year


  • marine/ shipyard service: 2 years (Preferred)
  • relevant: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Associate (Preferred)

Application Question:

  • Do you have the clearance/ ability to travel outside of the country, including to Canada?

Additional Compensation:

  • Bonuses
  • Other forms

Work Location:

  • Multiple locations
  • On the road


  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid time off
  • Relocation assistance
  • Professional development assistance