Chief Engineer

Job Responsibilities

  • Completes assignments as designated by the Director of Marine Operations
  • Crew Management oversight: participate in new hire/promotion interviews, review performance evaluation, approve final SPIP for underperforming crew members.
  • Survey assigned vessels, develop, and submit bid packages for dry-dockings, and major & minor repairs
  • Coordinate and oversee vendors/contractors to verify repairs are properly completed in a timely and fiscally responsible manner
  • Identify issues with engineering shipboard systems, equipment and machinery; take immediate and preventive action to correct findings
  • Define schedules and priorities regarding equipment maintenance and engineering projects
  • Report status of machinery and equipment to ship management office personnel and engineering department
  • Maintain accurate records of repair activities and costs
  • R ead and decipher technical manuals and drawings
  • Assists in planning, administering and coordinating both the continual and preventative maintenance programs as per the SMMS
  • Lead and motivate vessel staff to ensure they are provided the support they need to safely operate
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for assigned vessels
  • Interface with regulatory bodies for all attendances
  • Work within SMMS to maintain compliance and pass annual audits
  • Assist with developing operating budgets
  • Review all purchasing activates and approve invoices
  • Maintain and Audit maintenance and purchasing systems
  • Provide support to HSEQ department for all safety related incidents, events, and as deemed necessary
  • Familiarity and experience with marine operations, engines, machinery and equipment.
  • Ability to learn and work on various shipboard equipment and systems
  • Performs well in a team environment with other engineers, crewmembers, vendors and ship management personnel to troubleshoot, develop solutions, and execute action plans
  • Works well on their own with minimal supervision and is self-motivated
  • High level of organization skills and close attention to detail
  • Proficient with ship reliability, operations and ship’s machinery and equipment
  • Proficiency with computer software systems and able to learn and work within new software systems.


  • 7-10+ years of marine engineering experience is required
  • Prior port engineering or closely related experience is strongly preferred
  • Marine Engineering Degree or equivalent experience. Maritime Academy graduate preferred.
  • Maintains a valid USCG Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC) of QMED or higher. MMC of 2nd Assistant Engineer, or higher, is preferred.
  • Must have valid Driver's license and Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC).

Physical Requirements :

  • Can perform work both in the office and outside
  • Can perform work in small areas and tight spaces with limited access
  • Available 24-hour days, days & nights, weekends and holidays via rotating schedule, and as needed for emergencies.
  • Climb ladders for access to cargo, ballast and void tanks (certificate of entry will be provided).
  • Must be able to gain access to shipyards, ports and marine facilities (TWIC).
  • Work for expended hours in shipyards and terminals
  • Travel to meet vessels, as necessary.
Job location

Galveston, TX, USA