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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
First Assistant Engineer (Watch/Day), WM-9932-07
Open Period:
10/18/2013 - 09/30/2014
WM - 9932 01
$54512.00 - $95036.00
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Few in
  • Ketchikan, AK, US
  • Kodiak, AK, US
  • San Diego, CA, US
  • Honolulu, HI, US
  • Woods Hole, MA, US
  • Pascagoula, MS, US
  • Newport, OR, US
  • Davisville, RI, US
  • Charleston AFB, SC, US
  • Norfolk, VA, US
For More Info:
Jonathan Ford


Who May Apply:
All qualified U.S. Citizens.
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Duration Appointment:
Permanent Positions in the Excepted Service.
Marketing Statement:
Unlock secrets in deep oceans, track rapidly moving storms, operate state-of-the-art environmental satellites, chart the Nation's waterways, formulate models to forecast climate trends, protect and preserve our living marine's all in a day's work at NOAA! Join a dedicated workforce committed to a vital mission: safeguarding the public, protecting natural resources, strengthening the economy. A career that makes a world of difference!
As a conditional of employment, your position will be a Mixed Tour position.  Mixed Tour of duty is a combination of full time, part time and intermittent work schedules which allows the best utilization of resources based on the work requirements of the organization.  You will be required to sign a Mixed Tour Agreement.

Once selected, you may be sent to any vessel nationwide. There is no guarantee that you will be assigned to any particular vessel or geographic location, however, your duty location will be determined by your home of record or ship’s home port. Duty locations are Norfolk, VA; Charleston, SC; Woods Hole, MA; Pascagoula, MS; Newport, OR; Kodiak, AK; Ketchikan, AK; San Diego, CA; Honolulu, HI; Davisville, RI.
This is an open continuous announcement.

Applications will be considered as vacancies occur.

A one year Trial period may be required.
Supervisory Position:
Key Requirements:

Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen. Applicant must have a valid USCG License prior to appointment. Applicant must meet physical requirements prior to appointment. Applicant must pass drug testing prior to appointment. Applicant must be able to obtain and hold a US Passport. Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (


The incumbent will:

  • Direct and perform maintenance and repair work on the Engineering Department's ship sytems in accordance with manufacturer's and shipbuilders technical manuals and NOAA policy. 

  • Provide guidance and direction to other assistant engineers performing maintenance when called upon based on his/her knowledge and experience as the more senior engineer. 

  • Make Shipboard Automated Maintenance Management (SAMM) system entries as required. 

  • Have overall responsibility for knowing the maintenance and operational requirements that ensure safe and efficient operation of the engineering, electrical or electron systems that may be assigned to him/her. 

  • Stand engine room watch at sea or in port when required by engineering system failures or mission requirements; may be on call, at sea or in port, during non-normal work days as required.  While on watch or performing maintenance, as the engineer-in-charge, directs the activities of licensed and unlicensed engineering personnel that are assigned. 

  • Assist the Chief Engineer in all department administrative activities including work planning, inventory and ordering supplies. 

  • Assume the duties of the Chief Engineer in his/her absence or preoccupation.  *Perform other mission-related duties as assigned, including duties related to the safety of the vessel and personnel.

Qualifications and Evaluations

There is no educational requirement for this position.
To be determined qualified for this position:

  • Applicant must have one year of Specialized Experience as a Second Assistant Engineer.  Specialized Experience for this position is defined as:  experience where the individual directed and performed maintenance and repair work on the engineering department’s ship system in accordant with manufacturer’s and shipbuilder’s technical manuals.  Experience which demonstrates knowledge and used of Shipboard Automated Maintenance Management System (SAMMS)is required.

  • IN ADDITION to Specialized Experence: Applicant must possess a valid unexpired U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) license for First Assistant Engineer: First Assistant Engineer Oceans, Second Assistant Engineer Oceans.. Horsepower requirements may vary from ship to ship. You must submit a copy of your unexpired qualifying USCG license. See "Require Documents Section" of this announcement.  All licenses must be Ocean.  USCG license must be endorsed for motor vessels of either unlimited horsepower or at least 1600 horsepower. 

  • For Second Assistant Engineer and above, you must have experience standing watches as engineer in charge, directing the activities of assigned engineering watch personnel and performing engineering systems maintenance and repair work.

We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.  If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions).  However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered.  The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

Preference eligibles will be listed at the top of the list of eligible candidates.
Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the NOAA Wage Marine Qualifications Handbook. 

Benefits and Other Info

NOAA offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees by
Other Information:
The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonale accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact:  Jonathan Ford, Human Resouces Speicalist at or 816.426.7838.

How to Apply

How to Apply:
Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.
To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.govand click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.
If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at or by phone at 866.656.6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.
For instructions on submitting your application in another format, please contact:  Jonathan Ford, Human Resouces Specialist at or 816.426.7838.
Required Documents:
Your application may be considered INCOMPLETE if you do not submit all applicable required documents, which may exclude you from consideration.  The documentation required for this vacancy is listed below.
A complete application consists of the following:
* REQUIRED An unexpired USCG LICENSE.  Please review Qualification Section for acceptable licensure; include the page which lists the endorsements and the page with the expiration date.
*REQUIRED Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional.  Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59.  Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week.
*REQUIRED Veterans Preference documentation.  Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documents (DD 214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.)  or  Certificate of Release or Discharge (must reflect type of discharge received), to validate your claim.  For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to:
*REQUIRED Transcripts (for Individual Occupational Requirements and/or submission of Education for Specialized Experience) .  If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information:  name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.  Please refer to for more information. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. 
*Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities.  Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.  A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education’s website   You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.
You are not required to submit official documents at this time; unofficial copies are sufficient. 
What to Expect Next:
You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on “Track Your Online Application.” The four points of notification are:
1.  Application Received or Application Incomplete
2.  Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Not Met;
3.  Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and
4.  Selected or Not Selected.
By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application.  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment.  The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans preference, disability, etc.).