Department of the Army: First Assistant Engineer Towboat (DR)

First Assistant Engineer Towboat (DR)

Posted Jun 14

Department of the Army

Vicksburg, MS


  • About the Position: As a First Assistant Engineer, Towboat (DR) assigned to the Motor Vessel Benyaurd, Operations Division, River Operations Branch, the incumbent will serve as First Assistant to the Chief Engineer on a 4500 H.P. twin-screw diesel-powered towboat. In relief of the Chief Engineer, the incumbent will be responsible for the three watches and the efficient operation of all mechanical equipment.

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    • Inspecting engine room machinery to ensure continuous operating efficiency.
    • Preparing reports reflecting work activities during shifts.
    • Operating, maintaining, and repairing all engine room machinery and equipment on a diesel towboat.
    • Conducting periodic inspections of all equipment for deficiencies in operation and need for repairs.
    • Checking all water systems to assure proper chlorination in drinking water and proper chemicals for sedimentation and other purposes.
    • Discussing feasibility of repairs and methods and procedures to be followed by crew on other watches.
    Travel Required

    50% or less - Travel up to 50% required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    4742 Utility Systems Repairing-Operating

  • Requirements
    Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
    • Position is designated as Inclement Weather Essential. The incumbent must make every attempt to report for work on time and/or remain on duty during severe weather conditions.
    • This position requires you to submit to and pass a Pre-Employment Physical Examination.
    • This position is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) subject to applicant testing and random drug testing.
    • This position requires shift work and/or work on rotating shifts to provide coverage on evenings, weekends, holidays and in other situations.
    • This position requires possession of a valid United States Coast Guard Chief Engineer's License commensurate with horsepower (2000 or 5000H.P) and/or tonnage (less than 1600 GRT upon Oceans, Near Coastal and Great Lakes), class, and size of vessel.
    • This position requires travel away from your permanent duty station up to 50% of the time wherever the Motor Vessel Benyaurd is located.
    Who May Apply: US Citizens

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    There is no specific length of training or experience required. However, you must be able to demonstrate, through experience shown in your written application materials that you possess the sufficient knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the work of this position without more than normal supervision.

    Minimum Qualifications (Screen Out Element): Ability to do the work of a(n) First Assistant Engineer Towboat (DR)~ without more than normal supervision: Conducting periodic inspections of machinery and observes gages, checking oil levels, motor generators, gearbox, generator temperatures, fuel levels, etc. ;checking and controlling operation of heating, refrigerating, plumbing, and water supply systems for the dredge; and investigating and determining the cause and remedial action necessary when noting unusual or unnatural condition in machinery operations.
    - Failure to meet this Screen out Element will result in an ineligible rating.

    • Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision Screen Out
    • Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specification, etc. (includes blueprint reading)
    • Ability To Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
    • Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc.
    • Knowledge of Materials
    • Technical Practices for Seagoing Vessels
    • Use of Measuring Instruments
    • PHYSICAL EFFORT: Incumbent performs work from ladders, scaffolding, and platforms and where the parts, equipment, or systems are in hard-to-reach places. Work requires the incumbent to stand, stoop, bend, kneel, climb, and work in a tiring and uncomfortable position. Frequently lifts, carries, and sets up parts and equipment that weigh up to 50 pounds.
    • WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is performed inside and outside, subjecting employee to varying climatic conditions, abnormal noises, temperature, danger of burns, irritation from grease and oils, bruises, strains, danger from attending moving machinery, falling overboard, electrical shock, falls on slippery decks or steep stairways, possible drowning, and crankcase explosion. A life jacket is worn at all times while on deck.
    **All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    **This announcement may be used to fill like vacancies for six months after the closing date.

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
    • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
    • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
    • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
    • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
    • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
    • This is a Career Program (CP) 29 position.
    • You may claim military spouse preference.
    • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
    • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
    • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 90 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.
    • This position is Non-Exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act.
    • Nepotism: Under the provisions of 5 USC, 3110, an individual may not be appointed into a position if the position is under the supervisory chain of command of a relative.
    • This position is covered under the AFGE bargaining unit.


To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section above.