Port Engineer

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Description/Job Summary

The Port Engineer is a skilled Engineer who is responsible for estimating, planning, and performing short and long-term maintenance, repairs, and modifications on vessels for a specific region.


  • Ensures all vessel engineers are properly trained, qualified, and comply with a regulatory training and/or certification requirements.
  • Assists in the development and adherence of the maintenance and repair budget.
  • 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 and equipments to determine maintenance and repair needs.
  • Makes repair recommendations to General Manager.
  • Analyzes problems and interfaces with appropriate operations personnel.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Preferred Skills

  • Two years as an engineer on tugboats and mechanical experience working on Detroit Diesel 71 Series, EMD, Fairbanks Morse, and Caterpillar engines.  Electrical system experience also required.
  • High School Degree or equivalent is required. 
  • 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

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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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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