Marine Electrician

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Massachusetts, USA
Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Marine Electrician

Job ID
Marine Crew
Location : Location
US-MA-Woods Hole

Job Summary

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a temporary relief Marine Electrician to join the Ship Operations Department. This is a temporary, casual, non-exempt position, and is eligible for casual benefits. This Position begins May 23, 2024.

Reporting to Chief Engineer/First Assistant, assists with the proper operation, maintenance, and repair of electrical equipment and systems on the R/V Neil Armstrong and R/V Atlantis; and assists scientific personnel in using shipboard power.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Able to work with minimum supervision.
  • Maintains and repairs electrical power generating and distribution systems; voltage regulators, engine governors, and equipment; machinery monitoring and remote control systems; power, control, and display systems of deck and science-related equipment, and DC propulsion generators, motors, and control circuits.
  • Assists with repairs in port.
  • Performs routine checks of electrical equipment including Daily Check of lighting, indicators, motor controllers, and wiring, Monthly Checks of test batteries of auxiliary and emergency generators, general alarm, and bridge lighting; mast and sound-powered telephone inspection and maintenance. Quarterly check of insulation test readings; maintains all moving parts of windlass, winches, and related deck machinery; and inspects secure connections. Yearly check of main and emergency boards, and masthead lights.
  • Advises scientific crew on most suitable use of electrical power; maintains science winch displays and power circuits in labs; helps determine electrical requirements; and supervises adapting and connecting of scientific equipment to shipboard power.
  • Performs day work and other duties as required.

Education & Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent education, two years sea duty as an Engineer or Electrician on a similar vessel; in the absence of a diploma, equivalent work experience
  • Require U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner's credential endorsed as an Electrician or 3rd Assistant engineer unlimited HP, Motor
  • Candidates must have good communication skills, familiarity with a variety of engine room and ship's electrical systems, the ability to discern and help repair equipment malfunctions and to perform basic mathematical calculations, and demonstrate good safety practices and procedures
  • In addition, all unlicensed personnel must have all applicable training as required by the Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 95) and a Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) and hold an unexpired Passport
  • Must be able to pass a Pre-employment DOT drug screen
  • Must hold an Unexpired (STCW Expiration date) USCG med Certificate

Physical Requirements

  • All marine positions have essential functions that personnel must be able to perform, minimum physical capacities and requirements that all personnel must meet, and working conditions that may be considered hazardous.
  • Essential Functions
  • Work at least 8 hours per day and, at times in excess of 12 hours per day, 7 days per week.
  • Work at sea for three to five months continuously.
  • Live and work in cramped quarters, frequently in bad weather and with violent ship motion.
  • Pass examinations for visual acuity, color sense, and hearing as established in Title 46 CFR Parts 10 and 12, and pass a physical evaluation as described in the enclosed Navigation and Vessel Inspection Articles 6-89.
  • Climb steep and vertical ladders, and enter and exit compartments through hatches, doors, and sills up to two feet high.
  • Participate in emergency drills and in launching lifeboats and life rafts.
  • Perform physical labor, climb and handle moderate weights and equipment over 50 pounds.

Physical Capability

Example of Essential Function


Work in confined and unstable areas.

Bend, kneel, squat

Clean, maintain, and inspect equipment.


Reach work areas, equipment and stores by ladder and stairs.


Crawl through bilge pockets, and under ladders and winch beds.


Touch objects: where sight is limited.


Manipulate nuts, bolts, tools, and cleaning gear.


Handle equipment and stores with sure grip.

Hear, talk

Communicate with people.

Lift, carry

Load stores over 50 pounds.

Push, pull

Move equipment over 50 pounds.


Up, over, and under equipment and stores.


Read labels, menus, logs, charts, and gauges in poor lighting.


Operate crane, Avon, lifeboat, and life raft.


Work on equipment.


Perform rounds at sea.


Maintain logs.

Work Condition

Example of Hazardous Area/Duty

Confined areas

Store rooms, engine spaces, and tanks

Potential allergens and irritants

Fuels, solvents, cleaners, dust, fumes, smoke, and gases

Adverse weather

On deck in rough seas during equipment maintenance

Extreme temperatures

On deck in tropics and high latitudes; in engine room

Potential hazards

Being at sea; slippery and uneven surfaces; moving parts and objects; climbing ladders; and working aloft


Constant and loud engine room noise, blowers, exhaust fans


Protracted and irregular working hours


Ship's engines and chipping hammer


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