Duties and Responsibilities of an Engineer

General Duties
• To obey all lawful commands of the Captain and Mate.
• To perform duties in a professional and seaman-like manner.
• To assist the Captain
• To maintain the vessel in a constant and proper state of repair and operational readiness.
• To take charge and be responsible for the good condition and efficient working of the entire machinery plant of the vessel.

Specific Duties
• To drain all air tanks as required
• To grease all machinery as required.
• To check battery water level as required.
• To take oil samples monthly or as required.
• To clean strainers.
• To change oil as required on all equipment at regular intervals determined by the Port Engineer.
• To check for water in fuel tanks daily and when fueling.
• To test and run all pumps as required.
• To check for and repair any leaks as needed.
• To keep all loose wiring and cabinets secure on electrical systems.
• To check all fire and safety equipment and let the Captain and Port Engineer know if any of the equipment is defective or out of date.
• To monitor all temperatures and pressures while standing engine room watch.
• To keep engine room space clean and free of trash at all times.
• To maintain and be aware of spare parts inventory onboard.
• To keep track of all supplies ordered and received.
• To report to the Captain and office with breakdowns and/or problems.
• To keep an accurate daily engine room log. List all repairs, maintenance and duties performed each day.

• Sign log book each day.
• To maintain personal hygiene (i.e. bathe regularly, wear clean clothes) and keep living areas in a clean and sanitary condition.
• When tying up the vessel, follow these steps:
o Check packing glands – tighten if necessary
o Fuel sight tubes shut off
o Close Sea chest
o Turn off engine alarms.
o Covers on stacks.
o Running on the _________ tank.
o Check bilge level.
o Check heat on vessel.
o Log actions and observations.
o Plug in shore power.
o Make sure cable has enough slack for tidal range.
o If cable will not reach, extension cords must be run to the closest boat to power the heat and refrigerator.
o Make sure lines have enough slack for tidal range.
o Make sure that the vessel is secured – all hatches dogged and locked.

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