Ferry Engineer - Relief (24-46-3)

Rockland, Maine, United States | Maritime Operations | Full-time

Apply by: June 21, 2024

Maine Department of Transportation  

Salary: $25.41-$34.19 / hourly (This includes a 21.5% stipend) - New employees start at step 8 ($34.19)

There will be a 3% across the board general salary increase effective June 29th, 2024

Office/Bureau: Maine State Ferry Service

Location: Rockland, ME 

Position Number:  02530-0561


Opening Date: June 6, 2024

Closing Date: June 21, 2024


Job Description:  

This is professional services work in operating, maintaining, and repairing diesel and gas engines and auxiliary equipment on marine vessels. Work involves monitoring all operating propulsion machinery and electrical generating facilities on-board vessels; and inspecting, adjusting, and maintaining machinery in accordance with established operational and safety standards. Performing security functions per the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 as well as provides information and direction to the public as necessary.

Must be familiar with Ferry Service Vessel’s and engine room operations. Must be licensed with the USCG as a third assistant engineer or greater or possess a DDE4,000 HP endorsement. Clean and maintain the engine room, auxiliary spaces and various other systems on the vessel. Work involves weekends, holidays, and those hours necessary to cover a 7 day on 7 day off up to 11.5 hour per day rotation (equaling 80 hours over two weeks). Performs other duties as required by immediate supervisor. Must be in possession of a valid TWIC or be able to get one within 30 days.

To be minimally qualified for this position candidates must provide evidence of the following experience:

Experience in the operation, maintenance, and repair of marine engines and auxiliary equipment.

Required to have a current TWIC Card - Transportation Worker Identification Credential Card. Card is provided by TSA -Transportation Security Administration.

Licensing/Registration/Certification Requirements:

U.S. Coast Guard license as a third assistant engineer or greater, or possess a DDE4,000 HP endorsement.

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants need to apply online by clicking the "Apply for this Opening/Apply Now" button along with uploading a cover letter, current resume, and any applicable copies of post-secondary transcripts, licensing, registration and certifications. 

*For general questions or if you require a paper application, please contact MaineDOT Human Resources at 207-624-3050 or via email atjobs.DOT@maine.gov


Why join our team?

No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto—"Dirigo" or "I lead"—as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce's health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including:

  • Work-Life Fit – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays, 12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave.
  • Health Insurance Coverage – The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($10,523.28-$12,380.40 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State. 
  • Dental Insurance – The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value).
  • Retirement Plan – The State contributes the equivalent of 13.41% of the employee's pay towards the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS). 


State employees are eligible for an extensive and highly competitive benefits package, covering many aspects of wellness. Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness.


Note: Benefits may vary somewhat according to specific collective bargaining agreements and are prorated for part-time employment.


There's a job and then there's purposeful, transformative work. Our aim is to create a workplace where you can learn, grow, and continuously refine your skills. Applicants demonstrate job requirements in differing ways, and we appreciate that many skills and backgrounds can make people successful in this role. 

As an Equal Opportunity employer, Maine State Government embraces a culture of respect and awareness. We are committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all team members, and our process ensures an inclusive environment to applicants of all backgrounds including diverse race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, familial status or genetics. 

If you’re looking for a great next step, and want to feel good about what you do, we’d love to hear from you. Please note reasonable accommodations are provided to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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