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Chief Engineer – Essex Class Carrier

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Chief Engineer – USS Hornet Museum – Alameda, CA
Play a key role in preserving and honoring the legacy of the USS Hornet.  The USS Hornet is a national historic landmark which played a role in naval aviation, the defense of our country, the Apollo Program and exploration of space.  The USS Hornet Museum connects the greatest generation of Americans with future generations, educating and inspiring them to meet their challenges.
We’re looking for an experienced Engineer who will be responsible for:

  • Maintenance and safe operation of ship’s unique mechanical systems, including aircraft and bomb elevators, hanger bay doors and ship’s crane. Oversees qualification of designated personnel for operation of this equipment. 
  • Maintenance and safe operation of all ship systems, including electrical power, ventilation, sanitary, fresh water, refrigeration and safety systems. 
  • Supervise daily upkeep and cleanliness of all public (museum) and crew spaces. 
  • Act as ship’s Safety Officer. Conduct frequent shipboard and pierside inspections, including inspections of ship moorings.
  • Supervise monthly and annual maintenance of all safety equipment, including firefighting systems. 
  • Ensure code compliance. Schedule annual fire safety inspection with Alameda Fire Prevention. Correct deficiencies noted in inspection. 
  • Monitor work of consultants, contractors and vendors in the performance of maintenance and repairs to equipment as necessary. 
  • Supervise remediation of asbestos and lead. Schedule initial and annual asbestos and lead worker training. Additionally, responsible for safe handling, minimization presence of, and the disposal of, these hazardous materials. 
  • Prepare and administer annual Engineering Department budget. Supervise budget line item expenditures for maintenance and repair. Personally prepare requisitions for supplies and other consumables. 
  • Coordinate with other departments to support public events, private events, live aboard and educational programs held aboard ship. 
  • Coordinate with Museum Department to prepare new museum spaces. Supervise all remediation, electrical and structural repair work for restoration. 
  • Oversee Command Duty Officer (CDO) qualification program. 
  • Coordinate with the NAVSEA Ship’s Donation Inspection Program (SDIP) personnel in Washington, D.C. and schedule annual Navy Ship Donation Program inspection. Prepare annual reports and documents required to maintain SDIP compliance. Correct any deficiencies noted in inspection. 
  • Maintain direct liaison with City of Alameda or contracted party for providing hotel services (electricity, potable water, sewage, firemain, and pier lighting) and adequate mooring to the ship. 
  • Oversee preservation of all ship surfaces, including hull, superstructure, and interior spaces.

Desired skills and experience:

  • H.S. diploma required – B.S. Engineering preferred.
  • USCG License or Engineering Duty officer credentials are a plus
  • Previous shipboard experience in a position of engineering leadership and management
  • A love of history and preserving naval heritage is a plus
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proactive problem solver who handles changing priorities, deadlines, time pressures, manpower and funding constraints well.
  • Team player who exhibits excellent customer care and maintains excellent working relationships with staff, volunteers and guests.
  • Basic computer skills and knowledge of office operations including preparation of budgets, manuals and personnel reports.


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