Assistant Ferry Port Engineer (23-81-12)

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

Apply by: July 1, 2024

Maine Department of Transportation  

Salary: $56,260.76 to $75,867.50/Annually (Salary Schedule

*The salary above includes a 6.5% stipend*

Office/Bureau: Maine State Ferry Service

Location: Rockland, ME 

Position Number:  02530-0824     


Opening Date: May 31, 2024

Closing Date: July 1, 2024


Job Description:  

This is profession services work of a technical nature in assisting with and overseeing Marine Engineering Programs and Services for Maine State Ferry Service (MSFS). Responsibilities include serving as the principle consultant to the Ferry Port Engineer, assisting in marine engineering matters, overseeing repair and preventative maintenance systems, as well as the design of new ferry service vessels and their construction. The work involves coordinating scheduling, contracting, planning, directing and overseeing maintenance and preventative repair programs; and ensuring compliance with all federal, state and United States Coast Guard requirements in support of management directives. An employee in this classification serves on any vessel as the engineer-in-charge for emergency operations and provides high-level technical expertise and direction to assigned MSFS Ferry Engineers. The distinguishing characteristic of this classification from the next lower classification, Ferry engineer, is its technical role by serving as a resource and subject matter expert and by conferring, advising, and consulting with the Ferry engineers, Ferry Port Engineer, Ferry Director, and Ferry Captains in overseeing and managing various programs and services as assigned to ensure the operational readiness of MSFS fleet. This position reports to the Ferry Port Engineer. Work is preformed under limited supervision. 

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

5 years of experience in the operation, maintenance, and repair of marine vessels, engines, auxiliary equipment, and facilities including experience in preventative maintenance systems and structures.

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

Licensing/Registration/Certification Requirements: 

USCG license as Marine Engineer for Horse Power of largest vessel owned by the State.

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. 

*If you require a paper application or have general questions, please contact MaineDOT Human Resources at 207-624-3050 or via email at

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 13.16% 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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