Engine Overview


Military Sealift Command recruits skilled maritime engineers that want to advance their career. The mission will take you all over the globe while offering steady pay, federal job security, benefits, paid hands-on training, and career advancement opportunities. Other advantages include diversity of fleet and platforms, overtime pay, flexible career paths, service to country and the camaraderie that comes with life at sea.

Members are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the ship’s machinery, including material handling equipment, elevators and winches. They also fabricate replacement parts utilizing various types of machinery, and stand watch in the engine room. All engine department watchstanding positions require Standards of Training, Certification & Watchkeeping (STCW 95) with Rating Forming Part of an Engineering Watch (RFPEW). Possession of a Qualified Member of the Engine Department (QMED) Any Rating endorsement meets basic eligibility for all unlicensed positions in the engine department.

MSC regularly hosts job fairs for those interested in a maritime career. We encourage people from a variety of backgrounds such as veterans, civilian mariners, maritime school graduates and more to attend and learn more about a maritime job or career. For more information about MSC employment and the application process, click the Career Avenues button to the right that best matches your background or find a job fair near you.

For a complete description of duties and requirements, click the positions listed below.

In addition to your primary position, interested CIVMARs may apply to serve in our Surface Rescue Swimmer Program (SRS) as a collateral duty. Contact a recruiter for additional requirements/qualifications.

PositionsBase Salary
First Assistant Engineer$74,305
First Assistant Engineer - Mixed Work Schedule$73,113
Second Assistant Engineer$67,157
Third Assistant Engineer$60,013
Second Electrician$47,719
Refrigeration Engineer$46,115
Deck Engineer Machinist$42,748
Unlicensed Junior Engineer$37,574
Electronics Technician$62,832
Engine Utilityman$35,896
Wiper Advancement Program$30,662

Current Open Engine Positions

The following positions in the engine department are currently accepting applications.

Currently, there are no job opportunities in this department. Contact us directly.