Do you hold a management level merchant mariner endorsement? You may have the experience the U.S. Coast Guard needs!

Help to maintain the safety of the world’s marine transportation system.  Join our passionate team of credentialed mariners  where you can put your maritime knowledge and experience to work ensuring mariners receive necessary training and relevant testing in order to qualify for a U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential.

The U.S. Coast Guard currently has a Supervisory Marine Transportation Specialist position open at the National Maritime Center in Martinsburg West Virginia. The position is the Course Approvals Branch Chief. This position supervises a group of credentialed mariners.

To learn more and apply for these positions visit or select the links below:

Course Approval Branch Chief:


California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) in Vallejo,  CA

We are currently seeking Full-time Temporary Instructors for our annual Summer training  Cruise 2021. Positions are available in the Departments of Engineering Technology and Marine Transportation. Cruise dates include:   *CRUISE I: May 31 – July 14, 2021 (Note:  Accepting applications through May 7, 2021); and CRUISE II: July 14 – August 27, 2021


Below are the links to our open positions:


Job Bulletin

Job Title


Closing Date



Eng. Watch Officer/Instr. *

Summer Cruise 2021

(Multiple Openings)

Engineering Technology

Open until Filled



Deck Watch Officer/Instr. Summer Cruise 2021

(Multiple Openings)

Marine Transportation

Open until Filled



Please visit our website for more information about California State University Maritime Academy as well as openings for FACULTY and Staff positions



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SUNY Maritime College’s Summer Sea Term 2021 program

Currently seeking to employ temporary personnel for different positions, in various departments, for this year's summer sea training aboard the T.S.EMPIRE STATE.  

The Training Ship is out on its first summer cruise. , it is in Charleston on May 10, Port Everglades on May 24 then Puerto Rico on June 6.  The ship is back at the college on June 25.  

The EMPIRE STATE needs licensed engineers for watchstanding and day work.  They could also use retirees/pensioners without active licenses for work with the cadets in the labs on the ship.  (Hand tools, pumps, refrigeration, electrical....etc.)

SUNY Maritime will pay for transportation to the ship if the engineer joins the ship outside of NY.  So if your member would join in any of those cities  transportation is covered.   

More details:

There is a need for engine training officers (ETO) and watch officers (WO).  

The engine training officers (ETO) will teach in the lab or classroom.  For lab instruction,  engineers would help teach the cadets about pumps, air compressors, valves, boilers, and misc. equipment using hands on demonstrations.  For classroom instruction,  we have prepackaged materials and power point slides for the course content.  The instructors  needed to explain the material and the most significant instruction is often peppered with the "sea story" experiences of the instructor to drive the lesson home.  The prepackaged materials can be sent to the instructor prior to cruise.  An active license is not needed for the instructor position as we appreciate that some experienced engineers have let their license expire.  They are still wonderful assets to us as instructors and their experience has no expiration.        ‚Äč

The engine watch officers will stand traditional watches in the engine room.  Engineers would maintain the plant and teach the cadets (as applicable) while on watch about the operating equipment.  An active MMC /license is needed for the watch officer position.   This is a perfect opportunity for MEBA member to get "steam" license time or time "on their license" in the early stages of their career.        

Here is some general information regarding SST 2021.   Due to COVID, the cruise was cancelled for Summer 2020.  The cruise will be a "double" this year.  The FULL Cruise is anticipated to begin April 22, 2021 and end August 31, 2021.  

There is an “A” half of the cruise and a “B” half of the cruise.  The dates for the respective cruises are below:  

Cruise A (April 22, 2021 thru June 27, 2021)

  • Cruise A1 (April 22, 2021 thru May 25, 2021)
  • Cruise A2 (May 25, 2021 thru June 27, 2021)

Cruise B (June 26, 2021 thru August 31, 2021)

  • Cruise B1 (June 26, 2021 thru July 29, 2021)
  • Cruise B2 (July 29, 2021 thru August 31, 2021)

The A1, A2, B1, and B2 refer to subsets of the trips to allow for greater scheduling flexibility.  So engine watch officers/ engine training officers could do 33 days, or 66 days, or 99 days,  or the full 132 days on the SST by doing a combination of A1, and/or A2, and/or B1 and/or B2 cruises.    

The deck department seems to be nearing full staffing.  But for the engineering department, traditional methods of job posting have not provided us with sufficient staffing in the engineering department.  So I am hoping that MEBA can help to spread the word of the engineering department opportunities.    

With respect to COVID protocols, all cadets and staff on cruise "A" will be fully vaccinated.  Buses have taken the cadets to Yankee Stadium for vaccination and everyone has received at least the 1st shot.  Newly hired SST 2021 staff can be given paperwork to facilitate a vaccination appointment on their own or may be able to join the cadets for the next round of vaccinations (setting up the second shot while at the vaccine center).    

This is an urgent issue with significant engine training and watching staffing concerns.  If the M.E.B.A. can help with this staffing need visit this link for the engine department job posting: