Oregon State University Academic Wage-Hourly: Relief Chief Engineer Pool 2017 in Corvallis, Oregon

Internal Job Number: P00072AW


This recruitment will be used to fill future relief Chief Engineer positions as needed in the Ship Operations unit in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. These positions will be located in Newport, Oregon. The duration of these positions will vary.

The relief Chief Engineer is the first of three positions in the Research Vessel (R/V) Oceanus Engineering Department and is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the vessel’s machinery, as well as the mechanical and electrical systems under the overall direction of the Master.

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences is an internationally recognized leader in the study of the Earth as an integrated system. It operates numerous state-of-the art laboratories and three oceanographic research vessels, the 177-foot ocean-going Oceanus, the 84-foot coastal research vessel Pacific Storm, and the 54-foot coastal research vessel Elakha. The College has an annual budget of more than $50 million, with support coming from the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other federal agencies. It has more than 100 faculty, 200 graduate students and 600 undergraduate students. Graduate programs include M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Geology; and Geography and a M.S. degree in Marine Resource Management. The college has undergraduate programs in Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences, with several minors and certificate programs.

Minimum Qualifications (Staff) / Guidelines (Faculty):

The defined qualifications will need to be identified in the Minimum/Required Qualifications field.

Requirements :

Valid Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC) with the following rating: 1st Assistant Engineer Unlimited HP License or Chief Engineer Limited Oceans issued by the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

Current Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) certificate including current Basic Safety Training and Lifeboatman certificates.

Current Passport, or the ability to obtain, prior to first seagoing assignment.

Meet USCG drug testing requirements prior to start date, and for the duration of employment.

Ability to fluently speak, read, and write English.

Solid understanding of basic computer programs including Microsoft Office products.


The relief Chief Engineer is required to work on board the Oceanus at sea on research cruises lasting from ten days to three weeks or more before returning to port, in highly variable ocean and weather conditions. The Chief Engineer is entitled to a single berth. For information about the Oceanus, please go to http://ceoas.oregonstate.edu/oceanus/.

Ship Operations is a seven day per week operation; therefore, weekend and holiday work may be required. Shift and/or work assignment may be changed based on operational needs.

The employee in this position may be required to lift, carry, push, and pull objects weighing up to 50 pounds.

Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with education and experience.