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Washington State Port Engineer in Belltown, Washington


About WSDOT Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world's longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world's widest tunneling project.

Washington State Ferries (WSF), a division of WSDOT, is the largest ferry system in the U.S. and safely and efficiently carries nearly 25 million people a year through some of the most majestic scenery in the world. The WSF system is an essential part of Washington's transportation network, linking communities on both sides of Puget Sound with the San Juan Islands and internationally to Sidney, British Columbia. WSF has more than 1,800 employees throughout the Puget Sound region on vessels, in terminals, at the Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility and at the headquarters facility in Seattle. The Opportunity WSDOT is currently seeking a Port Engineer in the Vessel Engineering and Maintenance department. This position is responsible for the shoreside maintenance program support and engine crew supervision for assigned vessels. Management and administration responsibilities include personnel supervision, scheduling and overseeing vessel maintenance, repairs, lay-ups, and refits, and ensuring the safe and efficient operation of the vessel’s machinery plant. As the primary point of contact with the U.S. Coast Guard, the Maintenance Port Engineer provides oversight to ensure that the vessel is operated and maintained in accordance with all applicable safety rules and regulations and coordinates regulatory visits and inspections. The Port Engineer directly supervises and provides leadership to licensed and unlicensed engine department professional marine engineers. As maintenance manager, the Port Engineer budgets and schedules vessel maintenance activities and manages the vessel preventive maintenance programs.

What to Expect This position is the daily first point of contact and is responsible the maintenance and safety of assigned vessels. This is a very busy position that will utilize your time management and organizational skills. This position is also on-call 24/7 on assigned duty weeks to support vessel and equipment casualties.

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, you/the Port Engineer will:

  • Manages the day-to-day engine room operations and maintenance for assigned WSF vessels. Provides repair direction to vessel engineers, vendors and WSF repair facility personnel. Arranging for Eagle Harbor, Warehouse and/or vendor assistance as needed.
  • Manages vessel repairs while ensuring proper and timely notification of service loss casualties to Director, USCG, and Operations Center as appropriate.
  • Manages the vessel maintenance and procedures program, providing input into maintenance policy. Assists in planning the vessel maintenance and repair schedules for assigned vessels and recommends items for inclusion in major vessel refurbishment projects. The Port Engineer is the maintenance Asset Manager of the vessels that he/she oversees.
  • Develops and manages labor and material budgets for assigned vessels. Monitors vessel lay-ups and budgets in shipyard(s). Approves labor, materials, supplies, equipment, and parts within vessel engine department operating budgets.
  • Oversees assigned vessel staffing on a 24 hour-a-day basis within the limitations and requirements of Collective Bargaining Agreements, budgetary constraints, and within crewing requirements as set by regulation.
  • Investigates personnel issues and Code of Conduct violations.
  • Audits and approves engine room payroll and travel vouchers per CBA.
  • Oversees and ensures success of USCG annual inspections and arranges immediate correction of any deficiency notices issued by the USCG. Addresses issues raised in audits from USCG and other regulatory bodies.
  • Provides input to Training Department regarding crew training requirements. Discusses with engine department personnel regarding changes in USCG requirements requiring specific training for license issuance Qualifications To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:

  • Current or prior US Coast Guard Chief Engineer’s license or military equivalent.

  • Five (5) years sailing experience with three (3) years in charge of an engine room
  • Maintenance and engine room experience aboard diesel and diesel-electric powered vessels.
  • Technical knowledge of vessel repair, maintenance, preservation, and project management, including but not limited to capital expenditure/purchasing.
  • Knowledge of U.S. Coast Guard, Labor and Industries, WISHA , OSHA, International Maritime Organizations, EPA, and Department of Ecology regulations as they relate to the marine operations and maintenance of vessels.
  • Knowledge of SMS policies and procedures, and the ability to implement them effectively.
  • Ability to respond quickly and decisively in emergency situations.
  • Strong budget and project management skills.
  • Knowledge of vessel management, life cycle cost analysis, and planning.
  • Working knowledge of labor relations and contracts administration.
  • Ability to balance the needs of people, projects and vessel operations.
  • Strong personnel and labor management skills.
  • Strong computer skills and ability to comprehend different software applications.
  • Experience with writing policies and maintenance procedures.
  • Ability to speak, write, read, and understand the English language.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:_ _

  • Port Engineer experience
  • B.S. in Marine Engineering or related field

*Important Notes *

  • Application review will begin on February 18, 2021. Candidate selection may take place at any time thereafter. It is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible.

*Why WSDOT *

  • Work-Life Balance – We offer flexible work schedules that allow you time for your life outside of this excellent opportunity.
  • Paid Leave – In addition to 10 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
  • Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information. Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT?

How to Apply Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible. In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:_ _

  • An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.

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*WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may *contact the listed Recruiter.

*WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit *www.uscis.gov_ _

Contact us For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Renee Mason, at Please be sure to reference 21DOT-WSF-M00P2 in the subject line.

Salary: $127,680.00 Annually

Location: King County - Seattle – Belltown, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Dept. of Transportation

Job Number: 21DOT-WSF-M00P2

Closing: 3/14/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504

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