Positions at MSC

Assistant Damage Control Officer

Salary: $82,373


Assistant Damage Control Officers (ADCOs) conduct training based upon MSC and USCG training requirements, ship drills, ship inspections and/or casualty investigations for the MSC civil service marine workforce. ADCOs may be assigned to a MSC training center, field site, or on an Afloat Training Team. Duties include, but are not limited to, conducting training and/or ship drills based upon MSC and USCG training requirements; conducting ship inspections and casualty investigations; developing/revising training courses, lesson plans, student/instructor guides, and other training material; writing instructional, investigation and/or inspection reports with recommendations; providing technical advice on damage control issues; acting as safety observer during field evolutions; and/or maintaining and repairing school facilities and equipment as necessary. ADCOs report to a Damage Control Leader. Candidates selected required to sail 30-45 days on annual basis during high relief request seasons and mission contingencies. When assigned to a ship, ADCOs come under the administrative supervision of the ship’s Master.

Everything in this Position Description is considered to be an essential function of this position. Performs other duties as assigned.



  1. Must be a valid United States citizen of at least 18 years of age and possess and maintain valid:
    • U.S. Passport with a minimum of seven (7) months remaining before expiration date; AND
    • United States Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Mariner’s Credential (MMC), with a minimum of ten (10) months remaining before expiration date.
  2. MMC endorsement(s): Any unlicensed rating in the deck department Able Seaman Unlimited, or Any Unlicensed Rating in the Engine Department.
  3. USCG license endorsed as one (1) of the following:
    • Second Mate (any gross tons upon oceans) or higher; OR
    • Second Assistant Engineer (steam, motor or gas turbine vessels of any horsepower) or higher; AND
    • Must possess STCW certificate that accompanies the USCG license.
  4. A Federal Communications Commission GMDSS Radio Operator’s license/certificate.

Note:  Applicants with an engineer’s license must also possess a Universal EPA Ozone Depleting Substances certificate. Applicants with a deck license must also possess a current Radar Observer (Unlimited) endorsement or certificate.