Positions at MSC


Salary: $51,035


The Electrician is responsible for maintaining, operating and repairing the ship’s electrical system, machinery and equipment, including but not limited to service generators, emergency generators, main and auxiliary switchboards, emergency switchboards, lighting transformers, motor controllers and soft-start controllers, dial telephone and sound powered phone systems, 1MC (with loudspeaker and hailing systems), internal/external lighting circuits, general alarm systems and batteries, ground detection systems, as well as metering/ monitoring circuits and electric motors, and maintaining accurate machinery history reports in the shipboard SAMM system. The Electrician is proficient in the use of common power tools and light machine shop equipment such as; drill presses, pedestal grinders and arbor presses, etc. as well as hand tools, including but not limited to; wrenches, pliers, chisels, hammers, saws, hand grinders, files, pneumatic and hydraulically powered tools, chain hoists and hydraulic jacks, etc. for use in the repair, maintenance and installation of new parts to the shipboard electrical equipment and machinery. The Electrician researches part information and uses the supply system to obtain any repair parts required. The incumbent prepares work lists and job orders for subordinates and assists the Chief Engineer in drafting voyage repair requests. The Electrician performs fire drills and damage control drills, and takes initiative to perform emergency drills as required and they have a thorough understanding of special characteristics of each ship’s electrical system and special features that may be present for use in emergencies. The Electrician supervises any Second Electricians and assists, observes and performs quality assurance checks on shipyard & shore-side repair work.


  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): Qualified Member of the Engine Department (QMED) Electrician, or QMED Refrigeration Engineer,/Electrician, or QMED Any Engine Rating (“Any” indicated mariner holds all unlicensed Engine Department ratings).

NOTE: Due to often strenuous shipboard duties and extended periods at sea, all applicants must meet MSC medical requirements. Any applicants applying for positions that would require them to work aloft will be required to meet specific weight restrictions in order to be considered for employment as a civil service mariner. (Human Resources Advisory 2013 – 3 Physical Requirements for Personnel in Connection with the use FPAS.)