Electrical Port Engineer

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Description/Job Summary

The Port Engineer/Marine Electrician analyzes and corrects electrical and mechanical problems and repairs/overhauls electrical and mechanical equipment and controls. Responsible for estimating, planning, and performing short and long-term maintenance, repairs, and modifications on vessels for a specific region.


  • Supervises the timely and cost-effective maintenance, repair, modifications, and refurbishment projects of existing fleet.
  • Develops dry-docking specifications, vendor bid packages, and evaluation projects; Monitors the contractor and/or shipyard during maintenance and repair projects.
  • Conducts on-site surveys of vessels, equipment and electrical components to determine maintenance and repair needs.
  • Plans details of working procedure by determining replacement needs or new material required and develops a logical approach to correct the problem; Assists in the development and adherence of the maintenance and repair budget.
  • Analyzes circuits, wiring diagrams and drawing to install, repair, diagnose, calibrate, maintain, and install electronic devices and system
  • Ability to work with electrical and electronic equipment such as but not limited to communication equipment, navigational equipment, alarm systems, radars, motors, switchboards, and navigational control systems aboard marine vessels.  
  • Performs work requiring a thorough knowledge of electrical theory and principals, statutory codes, properties of materials and principles of operation of electrical equipment.
  • Starts up and shuts down equipment in accordance with company safety procedures for machine activation and shutdown in line with OSHA requirements.
  • Services electronic equipment by checking, testing, and replacing faulty components, circuits, printed circuit boards, and similar electronic devices.
  • Fabricates parts if not commercially available, using machine and hand tools common to the trade.
  • Advises and cautions operators and mechanics about potential problems and inherent dangers involved.
  • Notifies Captain of potentially dangerous equipment noted and corrective action taken.

Preferred Skills

  • Two years as an engineer on a tug boat, OSV or other Marine Workboat vessel with mechanical experience working on Detroit Diesel 71 Series, EMD, Fairbanks Morse, and Caterpillar engines. Electrical system experience required; Knowledge of A/C – D/C control, motors, generators and switchboard.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field preferred. Maritime Academy graduate is preferred.
  • USCG Merchant Mariner Credential and Transportation Worker Identification Card; USCG license preferred.
  • Strong analytical, communication, and problem-solving skills
  • Must possess high degree of precision working with minimum tolerances.
  • High degree of attention and care required preventing injury to others when responsible for flow of electrical power.
  • A minimum of two years marine/industrial experience.

Required Qualifications

Physical Requirements:

  • The ability to operate a computer terminal, telephone and standard office equipment.
  • Capable of walking and standing on wet surfaces for extended periods of time.
  • Able to handle heavy lines and operate heavy machinery.
  • Ability to climb a 12-foot ladder without assistance.
  • Ability to hoist oneself up and over a 12-inch wide, 6 foot high barrier.
  • Sufficient strength to:

                    o   Lift 100 lbs. from deck to waist level;

                    o   Lift 50 lbs. from deck to shoulder level;

                    o   Lift 35 lbs. from deck to overhead; and

                    o   Pull (drag) 120 lbs. at least 20 feet.


The Port Engineer is responsible and accountable to the General Manager.

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We are an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by email at awatters@mcallistertowing.com or by phone at 757-494-2895 ext. 6611 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Requests for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this e-mail address.

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