Positions at MSC

Damage Control Officer

Salary: $90,718


Damage Control Officers (DCOs) conduct training based upon MSC and USCG training requirements, ship drills, ship inspections and/or casualty investigations for the MSC civil service marine workforce.  They may be assigned to a MSC training center, field site, or on an Afloat Training Team.  Duties include, but are not limited to developing/revising training instructions, guides, etc.; participating/conducting training courses; participating in or assisting afloat training teams; acting as safety supervisor during field exercises, conducting inspections and drills aboard ships; writing instructional, investigation and/or inspection reports with recommendations; providing technical advice on damage control issues; and/or maintaining and repairing school facilities and equipment as necessary.  DCOs also represent MSC interests at conferences germane to MSC training and readiness. DCOs 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, DCO comes 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.  Carries out EEO policies and communicates support of these policies to subordinates.


  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:
    • Master or Chief Mate (any gross tons upon oceans); OR
    • Chief Engineer; OR
    • First Assistant Engineer (steam, motor or gas turbine vessels of any horsepower) or higher; AND
    • 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 and a Federal Communications Commission GMDSS Radio Operator’s License/certificate.