Port Engineer; Sea Education Association

Job Title: 
Port Engineer

Sea Education Association (SEA) invites applications for a full-time position of Port Engineer. SEA is a non-profit educational institution located in Falmouth, MA. We offer innovative and rigorous environmental studies programs on our campus and aboard our Sailing School Vessels, the Corwith Cramer and the Robert C. Seamans, in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

SEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SEA is committed to the development of a multicultural environment. We value input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the organization; our goal is to create an academic and working community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity.

Position Summary

The Port Engineer is a member of the Marine Operations Department responsible for coordinating and implementing overall engineering and safety management of SEA vessels under the direction of the Director of Marine Operations.

S/he is responsible for facilitating technical and logistical support of engineering operations of SEA vessels and engineering staff. The Port Engineer leads efforts to plan the scope of projects and budget for each vessel’s yearly major yard maintenance periods.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Coordinates and implements overall engineering management of vessels, especially with respect to US Coast Guard and ABS regulatory requirements.


  • Facilitates technical and logistical support of engineering operations and engineering personnel for two 134’ tall ships in remote locations.


  • Plans and manages the scope of projects and budget for each vessel during major yard maintenance periods each year.


  • Trains and supervises activities of shipboard engineering personnel with respect to developing maintenance goals, modifications and/or repairs to shipboard systems, and inventory procurement.


  • May serve as Chief Engineer onboard the vessels for approximately 6 to 12 weeks per year (including some yard periods).


  • Works closely with Marine Operations staff, vessel captains and crew to effectively collaborate to best manage ABS, USCG, and IMO regulatory needs regarding vessel material condition and vessel systems.


  • Works closely with Marine Operations staff, vessel captains and crew to assist with engineering preventative maintenance needs and troubleshooting support of shipboard systems and equipment such as shipboard scientific equipment, deck equipment and rigging, safety equipment, etc.


  • Collaborates with Marine Operations staff and others to ensure timely planning and coordination of logistics for vessel arrivals and departures as well as other shipboard needs and activities.


Position Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

  • Qualified applicants will have BA/BS in transportation, engineering, naval architecture or a science-related field or equivalent combination of experience and education and minimum 1 year of practical experience in shipboard work. 
  • Minimum of 1 year of demonstrated management and project administration experience.
  • Must have a passion for SEA’s mission with excellent communication, interpersonal and administrative skills.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft suite of programs (Word/Access/Excel) and a willingness to become familiar with other engineering programs.
  • Familiar with research vessel or sailing school vessel operations.
  • The ability to multi-task effectively, be flexible and innovative, and work non-traditional hours to support ships operating in remote locations.
  •  A demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with colleagues, staff, students and outside agencies.
  • The ability to travel or go to sea for extended periods. The Port Engineer will have the opportunity to sail as Chief Engineer.


Preferred Qualifications

  • A 200 Ton Near Coastal Mate license with sailing endorsement and/or AB Sail with relevant STCW certifications or willingness to obtain one. 
  • Experience overseeing or managing staff and/or volunteers.
  • Familiar with oceanographic sampling equipment.
  • 2D CAD Experience a plus


Salary & Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience. Salary includes a competitive benefits package including Medical/Dental/Vision/Life insurances & retirement benefits.  This position provides access to SEA sponsored trainings including but not limited to: Diversity training, Wilderness First Responder training, Leadership and Managerial Skills training, (STCW).

To Apply A review of applications will commence on October 15th, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.  Applicants should submit electronic copies of a cover letter, current resume, and the names and contact information for 3 professional references.  Email materials to PortEngineerSearch [at] sea.edu.  Questions about this position may also be sent to this address.


About Sea Education Association

SEA (www.sea.edu) is a global teaching, learning and research community dedicated to the exploration, understanding and stewardship of marine and maritime environments. SEA empowers students with life-changing sea voyages of scientific and cultural discovery, academic rigor and personal growth. Our SEA Semester program features an interdisciplinary curriculum and dynamic leadership-development experience—at sea aboard tall ships and on shore.

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