Chief Engineer

Chief Engineer

REPORTS TO: Captain/Director of Marine Operations


Responsible for the maintenance and engineering operations of the vessel. Maintain the vessel to Alaskan Dream Cruises (ADC) standards including all applicable regulatory requirements. Ensure that all systems and components are maintained to a standard that allows for safe, comfortable and timely operation of the vessel. The Chief Engineer leads and manages according to the Core Values of True Alaskan Hospitality as defined in our Mission Statement that drive the Guest Experience Culture.


  • Responsible for the proper operation and maintenance of all systems in the engineering spaces. This includes, but not limited to, the propulsion systems and their controls, bilge and fire systems, electrical systems and components, HVAC systems, various pumps and piping systems, pneumatics, hydraulics and fuel and oil systems. The maintenance of these systems centers on the preventive maintenance plan in place on the vessel. The engineer is required to keep the master of the vessel and the Director Marine Operations notified as to the condition of these systems and to report any maintenance on these systems that would affect their operation.
  • Maintain and repair deck machinery such as capstans, winches, davits and misc. hydraulics. Keep potable water system to ADEC standards and ensure that proper documentation and records are kept to prove compliance. Maintain and repair hotel systems such as air conditioning and plumbing and respond to passenger and crew complaints pertaining to these systems. Train deckhands in basic room repairs to assist the engineer with these tasks. Regularly inspect all voids and bilges for structural and watertight integrity. Report all findings to the master of the vessel. Ensure that all voids and bilges are kept clean and dry with respect to pollution control regulations.
  • Follow vessel and ADC guidelines to ensure that fueling and the bunkering of oil are completed in a safe manner. Provide the master of the vessel with daily fuel reports and inform the master before any fuel is bunkered.
  • Assist the deck department as needed with line handling and rigging of the ships gangway. Other deck duties may be required as assigned by the vessel master.
  • Maintain proper engineering logs as directed by the Director Marine Operations. This is to include the daily log, fuel and water logs, gray and black water logs, preventive maintenance records and machinery index. Assist the Director Marine Operations with development of the current vessel maintenance projects for the annual repair period.


  • Minimum education requires specialized or technical knowledge and formal training in the operation and maintenance of all onboard systems. Vocational training is highly recommended in the areas of diesel mechanics, marine electricity, refrigeration and hydraulics.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years in a marine engineering capacity is required.
  • Must have good communication skills
  • Writing skills require the ability to write text designed to communicate technical information.
  • Interpersonal skills require the ability to often deal with situations where satisfactory resolution of issues must be achieved. (Such as stateroom repairs)
  • Responsible for planning and performing all duties involving making the vessel ready for sea, carrying out all preventative maintenance and making all necessary repairs while underway. Shall be responsible for training and guiding other crew to operate various systems.
  • Proven team player and have a Can-Do attitude.
  • Must pass a security background check and drug test.


  • First Aid/CPR


Duties and responsibilities are generally performed in a Marine Operations setting, primarily onboard a vessel but also pier side on turn-around-days. The Chief Engineer has his/her own cabin.

You must be physically able to work a 12- hour workday. On any given day hours could be more or less. You may be required to wear protective clothing/eyewear for activities including handling of chemicals and cleaning agents. Some of your work will involve engaging guests and may include talking on a PA system. Physical demands include lifting up to 50 pounds repetitively, and passing along to other crew such as in loading ship’s stores, luggage, linen, etc. Also must have the ability to climb a 7-foot vertical ladder and fit through a 28-inch wide hatch.

Working aboard ship can be very demanding but at the same time very rewarding, which is driven by the guest’s appreciation of your efforts to deliver our unsurpassed True Alaskan Hospitality.


This job description is intended only to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an employee in this position. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills or abilities required of persons so classified or assigned.


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An Excellent Crew -

“It was nice getting to know the Captain and others there. It was always special to me to begin my day there seeing where we were as well as watching the sunrise over the Alaskan mountains and waters. The cruise was a great escape for us all. Sharing the experiences of the serenity of the humpback whales, the activities of the orcas, the excitement of the bears, and the challenges of the salmon going up the rivers will touch our lives forever. The towns, the people, and the scenery will always be remembered. Alaskan Dream Cruises has put together a great package for folks like us to experience. All this with a great ship captain and an excellent crew thrown in – wow. How lucky can we be.”