Positions at MSC

Second Electrician

Salary: $47,719


A Second Electrician performs/participates in routine maintenance, repair and operation of ship’s electrical system, machinery and equipment. This includes, but is not limited to, various types of switchboards, generators, motors, electrical deck cargo handling equipment, two and three-wire DC systems, and single-phase and polyphase AC systems found aboard ship ensure proper use and safety procedures are followed. Performs general tasks such as replacing light bulbs, repairing ship’s electrical appliances, greasing motors, installing new motor bearings and performing electrical safety checks of the ship’s and crew’s portable electrical equipment. Use of common power tools and light machine shop equipment (e.g. drill presses, pedestal grinders, arbor presses, solders, etc.) is required. Assists and participates in the safety testing and maintenance of portable shipboard electrical equipment, interpreting and complying with all environmental protection and pollution abatement regulations. Participate in fire drills and damage control drills, taking initiative to perform emergency drills as required. A Second Electrician reports to the Electrician and is directly responsible to the First Assistant Engineer.


  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;
    • 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): Electrician or Qualified member of the engine department (QMED) – any unlicensed rating in the engine department.