QMED - Electrical
University of Alaska - Seward, AK

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  • W = Statewide
  • A = UAA
  • F = UAF
  • G = UAFGI
  • S = UAS
F-SFOS Seward Marine Center

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University of Alaska Fairbanks



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Research Science

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University of Alaska Fairbanks - (907) 474-7700

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University of Alaska Fairbanks - uaf-jobs@alaska.edu

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Job Posting Summary

This recruitment is to hire two qualified candidates for position of QMED electrician. Under general supervision of the Chief Engineer, the QMED electrician of the R/V Sikuliaq will assist in the engineering department of the global class, ice-capable oceanographic research vessel's propulsion and power plant machinery including all scientific and auxiliary machinery equipment. It is operated by a diesel electric propulsion system utilizing an integrated power plant concept providing 5,750 bhp of propulsion power through frequency drives and a/c main motors to two fully azimuthing z-drives. The R/V SIKULIAQ is operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Seward Marine Center home port in Seward, Alaska, owned by NSF and a member of the National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS). R/V SIKULIAQ information: http://www.sfos.uaf.edu/sikuliaq

Knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position.

Strong skills as a marine electrician, especially in the area of trouble shooting, new installations, and upkeep of existing equipment; ability to read blue prints and electrical/electronic equipment on board with the ability to make changes as required; experience with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and electronic controls; knowledge of variable frequency drives; knowledge of electrical safe practices and safety. Requires strong interpersonal and communication skills with diverse ship board personnel.

Typical education or training required for this position (including licenses).

Must possess the following: U.S. Passport; U.S. Coast Guard Qualified Member Engine Department (QMED) with Electrician endorsement; IMO Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW95); Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) issued by Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Length of time and type of experience required for this position.

1.5 years of experience working with shipboard electrical systems; understanding & experience with VOM, megger & amp meters; basic QMED level shipboard operational understanding; basic machine & hand tool safe use; basic math and computer skills

Preferred knowledge, skills or abilities for this position.

Knowledge of basic good seamanship practices (knots, line-handling, general shipboard maintenance and care, preparation/preservation of steel surfaces, operation of deck equipment, winches, etc.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Each applicant must submit the following to be considered for position: a) UA application, b) resume, c) three professional work references with complete contact information, d) copy of USCG qualified Member Engine Department (QMED) with electrician endorsement credential (attach as Supplemental Document 1), e) copy of valid driver's license (attach as Supplemental Document 2).

Special Conditions of Employment

Describe any other special skills/knowledge required for this position (e.g. additional training, heavy lifting or traveling).

Knowledge of modern marine electrical and electronic systems, applications of PLC's, variable frequency drives & power converters in shipboard operations


Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action : The University of Alaska is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and educational institution. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the local Human Resources office. Public Disclosure : Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act. Background Investigation : Finalists may be subject to a background investigation. Any offer of employment is contingent upon a review of the results of the background investigation by the Human Resources office. Immigration Reform and Control Act : Person(s) hired by the University of Alaska must comply with the provisions of the Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. All employees must provide proof of eligibility to work. For foreign nationals requesting employer sponsored visas, a job must qualify as a "specialty occupation" to be eligible for sponsorship of a U.S. H 1B visa petition. You must present your Social Security Card as verification of your Social Security Number. If you do not have a social security number, you must present a receipt from the Social Security Administrations stating you have applied for a social security number within 10 days of your employment with the University of Alaska. Social Security : On January 1, 1982, the University opted out of the Social Security system; however, participation in Social Security is still required for adjunct faculty hired after January 1, 1996, temporary staff, extended temporary staff, and certain student employees. Also, benefit-eligible employees hired after April 1, 1986, are required to pay into Medicare even though they do not participate in Social Security. Benefits : Refer to the Benefits web page at http://www.alaska.edu/benefits for more information on benefits available to University of Alaska employees. E-Verify : The University of Alaska participates in the E-Verify program for federal contracts only. For our FAQ and F1 student information please see the following: E-Verify FAQ: http://www.alaska.edu/hr/procedures/PDF/personnel.reference.everify_faq.pdf E-Verify Participation Poster (English): https://e-verify.uscis.gov/emp/media/resourcesContents/EverifyPosterEnglish.pdf E-Verify Participation Poster (Spanish): https://e-verify.uscis.gov/emp/media/resourcesContents/EverifyPosterSpanish.pdf Right to Work Poster (English): https://e-verify.uscis.gov/emp/media/resourcesContents/WebBPPOSTERRtoWEnglishversion.pdf Right to Work Poster (Spanish): https://e-verify.uscis.gov/emp/media/resourcesContents/WebBPPOSTERRtoWSpanishversion.pdf

Job Duties


The QMED Electrician may also perform general Oiler duties and/or those of the QMED watchstander, may stand security watches in port or other duties as directed by the Chief Engineer.

The QMED Electrician will perform other duties as defined by a ship's senior office during emergency situations and drills; facilitate and support the scientific mission of each Voyage; and comply with, participate in, and promote the vessel's safety management program.

Under general supervision of the Chief Engineer or First Engineer, the QMED Electrician will assist with installation, operation, maintenance and repair of both shipboard electrical and electronic equipment.

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