Assistant Engineer in Unalaska AK

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Glacier Fish Company
Assistant Engineer
Job ID: 
Unalaska AK
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Job Types:
Manufacturing/Mechanical Engr., Project Engineer/Manager

LICENSE: Must hold an appropriate U.S. Coast Guard license with applicable endorsements for assigned vessel.

REPORTS TO: Chief Engineer, Captain and Port Engineer

WORK HOURS: Regularly scheduled 12 hour shifts, may be required to work additional hours due to occasional urgent vessel need. Shipyard duties to be fulfilled as required or assigned.


  • Responsible for managing 12 hour watch and coordinating activity of the engineering staff engaged in operation of vessel systems, ensuring all scheduled routine rounds and readings are taken and verifying normal operations of all equipment.
  • Effectively coordinates with all vessel department heads to ensure safe, efficient operation of the vessel both at sea and in port.
  • Ability to quickly and effectively recognize situations expanding outside realm of responsibility and communicate up chain of command.
  • Enforce and implement effective & respectful communication amongst all Engineering staff, officers and production crew.
  • Technical and operational understanding of vessel power generation and distribution, including but not limited to: Switchboard management, shaft generators, auxiliary generators, load distribution and prioritizing, emergency power isolation.
  • Technical and operation understanding of all vessel auxiliary systems and their controls, theory of operation as well as practical Operation, including but not limited to: Purifiers, OWS, pumps, Sanitation system, Refrigeration plants, deck machinery LP hydraulic system, water makers, boilers, HVAC
  • Performing and logging scheduled leak checks on all refrigeration equipment.
  • Startup & shut down of all propulsion related engines & equipment; both normal & Emergency procedures.
  • System specific electrical knowledge for trouble shooting of control systems and power generation systems. Knowledge of common basic electrical control circuits, PLCs, analog sensors and IO structure.
  • Overview and implementation of correct regulatory documentation, including but not limited to: EPA logs- Freon & Offal, USCG oil record book, sewage discharge, maintenance logs and Vessel Engine Room log books, ensuring all relevant information is logged and communicated at watch changes.
  • Monitor and ensure compliance of DNV class society and manufacturer recommended scheduled maintenance and inspection per operational hours or timed intervals on critical engine room equipment and surveyed machinery items.
  • Effective Personnel management and communication; able to prioritize and designate duties at sea and while in shipyard periods for implementation of vessel work load as designated by Chief Engineer, Captain, Office personnel, or self-generated.
  • Overview of Quality Control of all maintenance performed, ensuring thoroughness & attention to detail of all projects. Ability to teach correct procedures to junior engineers if deficiencies are found.
  • Ability to recognize and solve potential risks to personnel and vessel safety, both in the Engineering and elsewhere on the ship.
  • Ensures engineering spaces are maintained in an organized and clean fashion in compliance with environmental regulations.
  • Ensures compliance with applicable sections of the Safety Management System. Is knowledgeable and conversant on applicable policies and procedures contained in the SMS.
  • Thorough understanding and implementation of Vessel Lock out/Tags Plus procedures


  • Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering Operations from an accredited Maritime Academy is preferred but not required.
  • USCG license with applicable endorsement for assigned vessel.
  • 3+ years&##39; of experience as an Assistant Engineer onboard a fishing vessel preferred.
  • Experience with refrigeration systems on board a commercial fishing vessel preferred.


  • Knowledge of factory trawler engineer mechanisms, operations and safety programs preferred.
  • Highly proficient computer skills including MS Suite.
  • Proficient with hand and power tools.
  • Basic math skills including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and percentages.
  • Excellent communication skills; written and spoken English.
  • Able to read and interpret policies and procedures.
  • Able to handle competing priorities and deadlines effectively and respond well to last minute, high priority and time sensitive projects.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and think critically to resolve problems.


  • Free Room and Board.
  • Eligible for 401K.
  • Health/Dental benefits once eligibility requirements are met.
  • Crew Share based.
  • Option to extend contract up to 90 days.

Glacier Fish Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minority / Women / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation / Age.

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