Captain, Marine Vessel

Website Orange Coast College

Job Information

  • Costa Mesa, California, United States
  • 34634256
  • May 2, 2017
  • Captain, Marine Vessel
  • Orange Coast College
  • Seagoing
  • Full-Time


Under the supervision of Director, Marine Programs, manages and operates large power vessels up to 100 gross tons to support maritime instruction, private charters, and ferrying of passengers. Oversees all deck and mechanical operations while disembarking, underway, and docking.  Ensures the safety of students, crew, volunteers, and passengers.  Plans and manages all maintenance aboard large vessels owned by the College.  Ensures compliance with US Coast Guard (USCG) and other regulations.

Distinguishing Career Features

The Captain is a licensed maritime professional, qualified with a USCG Masters license to operate inspected vessels of at least 100 gross tons.  The Captain is responsible for the safety of the students, faculty, crew and other passengers at all times while aboard and underway.   The Captain is responsible for crew training and vessel maintenance.  The Captain shall assist faculty as needed in implementing on board lesson plans and exercises.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Commands the large vessels owned by the College and Foundation.  Supervises crew, faculty, students, and other passengers by applying maritime protocols and assuring safety.

• Maintains an up-to-date vessel daily log and records of maintenance and other operations details as required by the USCG and other agencies.  Plans, coordinates and oversees inspections of large vessels on the cycles required by the USCG.

• Ensures current documentation, display, and presentation of all licenses, certificates, and other documentation according to USCG regulations, policies and procedures.  Notifies the authorized administrator of pending expirations within 30 days to remain current.

• Prepares and prioritizes projects and schedules for vessel maintenance and refit, recommending major repairs or vessel modifications to accommodate new training and compliance requirements.

• Performs routine maintenance, including, but not limited to electrical, electronic, mechanical, and hydraulic system repairs.  Purchases and maintains vessel parts and supplies.

• Assists faculty in design and implementation of onboard learning objectives.  While underway, directs students, student interns, volunteers and crew in the performance of shipboard duties.

• Assists in leading Professional Mariner student groups in accomplishing learning objectives while onboard, including the supervision of crew members and student interns.

• Prepares technical memoranda, as requested, on vessel operations and efficiency, budgetary requirements, and recommendations for equipment.

• Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.


This is a specialized position that performs the full range of duties to command and navigate ocean vessels for commercial and educational purposes.

The position requires:

Knowledge of: 

Theory and practice of general seamanship and piloting of large vessels including rules of the road, crew management, harbor regulations, first aid methods, and shipboard emergency procedures.

• USCG Navigation Rules and Federal laws governing navigation of power driven vessels in inland and coastal waters, including local navigation aids and hazards, and the execution of the rules for safe navigation and radio communications.

• Working knowledge and skill in using modern navigational instruments and electronic equipment, computer-aided software, and peripherals for navigation and communications.

• General seamanship normally associated with command of a large vessel, including safety procedures, anchoring, navigating, piloting, close quarters maneuvering, crew management, log keeping, shipboard emergency procedures, repair of electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic systems.

• Large vessels and related equipment, maintenance, operation and overhaul.

• Mechanical and electrical systems, tools and equipment used in the operation and maintenance of power driven vessels, diesel engines, hydraulics, electrical, and auxiliary equipment.

• Vessel’s emergency procedures and crew performance to ensure passenger safety.

• Sufficient math skill to read, summarize, and record numbers, coordinates, and measurements used for marine navigation.

• Well-developed communication and writing skill to develop, implement and log crew training drills, and keep and prepare vessel logs, records and reports.

• Well-developed human relations skills to work cooperatively with others to explain creative and technical concepts.

• Budgeting and cost control methods.

• General principles of leadership.

• Basic principles and best practices for project management aboard large vessels.

Ability to:

• Carry out the duties and objectives of the position.

• Adhere to all USCG rules and regulations.

• Ensure vessel systems are functioning and reliable through attention to detail and appropriate record keeping.

• Lead and participate in the work of crew and student safety training.

• Organize vessel crew, students, student interns and  volunteers for onboard duties

• Lead crew, students and volunteers while disembarking, underway, and docking to ensure passenger safety.

• Reinforce delivery of instruction and contribute to curriculum development.

• Explain, demonstrate, and troubleshoot all shipboard operating and electronic systems.

• Read and understand diagrams, charts , and maritime communications.

• Work varying shifts and locations.

• Communicate well, both orally and in writing.

• Analyze and  solve problems.

• I nterpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

• Demonstrate safe work practices and procedures in the workplace.

• Direct the work of others.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience:

• The position requires an Associate’s degree

• Five years of progressive experience piloting a power vessel greater than 60 feet in length in coastal waters, including the Channel Islands.

• Or, any combination of education and experience that would provide the required qualifications for the position.

Licenses and Certificates:

Requires a valid driver’s license.

• Current Masters License for mechanically propelled vessels up to 100 GRT issued by the USCG

• Valid third class Federal Communications Radio-Telephone Operator’s License

• Radar endorsement.

• Standards of Training and Certification of Watch keeping.

• First Aid, CPR and AED issued by American Red Cross (or equivalent)


Work is performed outdoors in varied environmental settings that will include exposure to wide-ranging sea and weather conditions as part of year-round work performed aboard an ocean-going vessel; may work in very confined or awkward spaces; may be exposed to and/or have skin contact with detergents, abrasives, cleaning solvents and disinfectants.


Successful candidate is required to perform work of an active nature, requiring sufficient physical stamina to carry out duties on an ocean-going vessel under all sea conditions, operate in confined spaces, as well as function in an office setting.

Requires use of well-developed hand eye coordination for precise motions while using small instruments and for observing moving objects and environments.

Requires ambulatory ability to lift medium-to-heavy weight materials, balance on unstable surfaces, and walk and stand for extended periods of time.

Requires hand and arm strength to lift, carry and/or push and pull 50 lbs., with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 lbs.

Requires visual acuity to observe moving objects, safety issues, vessel traffic, weather, instrument readings in color, and printed materials.

Requires auditory ability to project voice to a small group.

Conditions of Employment

This is a full-time, 12-month, classified management position. The normal hours of work will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. However, some flexibility such as evenings and week-ends will be required to meet the needs of the department. The effective date of employment will be arranged with the supervisor.

Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance

requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment.

The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child

Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in

Coast Community College District policies, procedures, and Title IX. (Reference: BP/AP 5910).

The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed

to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty

thrive. Individual’s interested in advancing the District’s strategic diversity goals are strongly

encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with

disabilities who self-disclose.

Coast Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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