Salary Group B20

Class No. 9830



Performs complex (journey-level) ferryboat engineer work or serves as a captain of ferry vessels.  Work involves performing the duties of captain; ensuring the safety and welfare of a vessel, crew, passengers, vehicles, and other public property; and/or ensuring that a marine vessel and equipment is appropriately maintained.  May train others.  Works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.


If serving as ferryboat captain:

Coordinates drills and exercises covering emergencies such as fire, collisions, man overboard, fog navigation, grounding, bomb threat, and childbirth. 

Navigates and maneuvers vessels in high-density traffic areas under all weather and sea conditions in accordance with island navigation rules of the road and the rules of good seamanship.

Navigates a vessel in situations involving meetings, crossings, and encounters with other vessels.

Prepares and submits reports related to incidents occurring on a vessel and ensures compliance with various state and federal laws and regulations.

Conducts daily inspections and completes reports on the operating condition of all emergency fire-fighting, first aid, and lifesaving equipment on a vessel.

Maintains and submits daily activity logs on vessel movement, traffic and passenger statistics, and unusual occurrences or special events.

May provide general direction to a vessel engineer performing engineering watch and maintenance duties. 

May direct the deckhands involved in loading, unloading, security, and minor cleaning and maintenance activities.

May coordinate with others regarding marine communications, public relations, and land-to-sea communications.

May train others.

Performs related work as assigned.

If serving as the ferryboat engineering specialist:

Coordinates routine repairs; preventative maintenance; and adjustments on various machinery, equipment, systems, or components.

Directs vessel refueling operations and the discharge of wastewater in accordance with safety regulations and in compliance with state and federal laws.

Ensures the proper start, operation, and securing of all main propulsion, steering, auxiliary, standby machinery, equipment, and related systems for the operation of vessels under normal and/or emergency conditions.

Observes, analyzes, and interprets machinery and equipment operation trends as they apply to machinery or equipment conditions, and makes recommendations for repair or corrective action. 

Inspects and conducts operational tests of emergency generators; fire-fighting; dewatering pumps; and other associated equipment, piping, and systems; and operates and secures equipment under emergency conditions.

Reads and interprets blueprints, sketches, simple electrical diagrams, and piping and mechanical drawings.

Analyzes reports on malfunctions or abnormal conditions that may affect the stability or operational capability of a vessel and determines corrective action.

Monitors and trains personnel performing routine repairs, cleaning, and preventative maintenance duties, and coordinates basic systems operation and casualty controls.

Maintains logs on watch activities, operating machinery, and equipment statistics, and maintains machinery history and repair records.

May train others.

Performs related work as assigned.


Experience and Education

Experience in the navigation of marine vessels and/or marine operations, machinery, and equipment work.  Graduation from a standard senior high school or equivalent is generally preferred.  Experience and education may be substituted for one another.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of applicable industry safety standards, guidelines, and specifications codes; of laws, rules, and regulations; and of the repair, maintenance, and operation of marine vessels.

Skill in navigating and/or maintaining ferryboats, in fire-fighting, in operating communications equipment, in using  tools and equipment, and in maintaining a safe work environment.

Ability to follow instructions; to work from drawings, diagrams, and blueprints; to communicate effectively; and to train others.

Registration, Certification, or Licensure

May require specific U.S. Coast Guard certifications and/or document(s) appropriate for the vessel(s) being operated.   Must have or be able to obtain transportation worker identification credentials.

State Auditor’s Office

Revised 9-1-15