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1st Assistant Engineer - Military Veterans

at Military Sealift Command

Average Annual Salary: $223,537 + $41,321 BONUS

This is the average annual salary not the base pay featured in the job opportunity announcement. All calculations include CIVMAR total take-home pay (including overtime, penalty, etc.).


A recruitment incentive is authorized for eligible selectees. Actual amount is calculated as 25% of base pay. Incentive is paid as a lump sum at the beginning of employment with the Command, and requires a 2-year service agreement. CIVMAR (VEOA) candidates and Annuitants selected for employment as First Assistant Engineers are not eligible for recruitment incentives.

The First Assistant Engineer is a civil service mariner (CIVMAR) employed by the Navy to serve the Military Sealift Command (MSC) onboard naval auxiliaries and hybrid-manned warships worldwide, in peace and war. MSC exists to support the joint warfighter across the full spectrum of military operations. MSC provides on-time logistics, strategic sealift, as well as specialized missions anywhere in the world, contested or uncontested environments. Responsible for the proper operation, maintenance, and preservation of all engine department machinery and equipment. Responsible for the economical use of consumable supplies, stores, and spare parts; the cleanliness and proper condition of all spaces under the jurisdiction of the engine department; and the conduct and efficient performance of engine department personnel. Must be competent and skilled in the use of condition monitoring equipment, including basic interpretation and analysis of the raw test results. Must have a thorough understanding, be well versed, and be a proponent in the proper use of MSC's approved preventive maintenance and machine history program (SAMM) and special programs (e.g. lube oil analysis, implementation and administration of MSC lockout/tag out program, water treatment, electrical safety, heat stress, sewage handling, refrigerant handling, and gas free engineering). Incumbent is required to be proficient in the performance of shipboard engineering, fire, and collision drills. Carries out instructions safely and efficiently, and takes the initiative to perform emergency duties without specific orders or instructions. Masters and Department heads may add to these duties to clarify specific shipboard tasks.

Everything in this Position Description is considered to be an essential function of this position. Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Eligibility Requirements: Must be a United States citizen of at least 18 years of age and possess and maintain:

  1. U.S. Passport with a minimum of seven months of expiration date.
  2. Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) and/or Department of Defense (DOD) Common Access Card (CAC) with a minimum of ten (10) months remaining of expiration.
  3. United States Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Mariner’s Credential (MMC), with a minimum of ten months remaining of expiration date.

Position Specific Requirements:

  1. USCG license endorsed as: First Assistant Engineer or above – Steam, Gas Turbine, or Motor of Unlimited Horsepower.
  2. Officer In Charge of Engineering Watch (OICEW).
  3. Qualified Member of the Engine Department (QMED) – Any Rating. (Any indicates mariner holds all Unlicensed Engine Department Ratings).
  4. Federal EPA Universal refrigerant handling certificate/card reflecting document number.

Norfolk, VA

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Salary Range
$80,000 to $130,000
Military Sealift Command

Military Sealift Command, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a world-wide organization, employing more than 8,000 people, both military and civilian. The command is responsible for ocean transportation of military supplies and equipment; for providing sea-going platforms to support special at-sea missions; and for logistics support to U.S. Navy ships at sea.

The command has many different career opportunities both ashore and afloat. As part of its work force, MSC employs more than 4,000 civil service mariners, federal government employees who crew and sail MSC's Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force and special missions ships--all non-combatant ships.  Click here to find open opportunities.

MSC is an equal opportunity employer.

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