Assistant Engineer TUG Class I



About the Position: Serves as an Assistant Engineer on a USACE Tug Class I, that is USCG Subchapter M inspected, for the US Army Corps of Engineer, Detroit District, Operations Branch. Operate, maintain, repair a wide range of equipment and machinery and vessels engine room.

Duty location

Duluth, MN, Detroit, and Sault Ste. Marie, MI salary range hourly $42.79-$52.18


  • Operates vessel's diesel, electric, mechanical, hydraulic and electronic engines, equipment and machinery.
  • Ensures equipment is kept properly lubricated and clean. Checks to see that equipment operates without overheating to avoid undue damage and time delays.
  • Inspects and tests air and fuel tanks, gauges and safety valves.
  • Furnishes information as to the status of work to the Chief Engineer and Master on a routine basis.
  • Assists in all other work assigned by the Master as needed such tending lines, cleaning, and painting.
  • Handles and fastens mooring and towing lines during making and breaking tow, docking, mooring and departure operations.
  • Operates and maintains heavy construction equipment such as forklifts, bulldozers, road graders, snowplow equipment, backhoes, front end loaders, excavators, road rollers, and skid steers in support of District needs.


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • This position is covered by the Civilian Drug Abuse Testing Program. Incumbent is required to sign a DA Form 5019-R "Condition of Employment for Certain Civilian Positions Identified as Critical under the Drug Abuse Testing Program".
  • This position requires a pre-employment physical exam AND annual physical due to the physical requirement of the position.
  • This position requires Temporary Duty Travel (TDY) up to 75% of duty time.
  • Shift work is required during open-water (lake) towing operations.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid state issued motor vehicle driver's license.
  • This position requires incumbent to wear safety equipment and/or use personal protective equipment (PPE) when needed.
  • This position requires incumbent to obtain and maintain CPR, AED, and First Aid Certification.
  • This is a full-time seasonal schedule position, will be placed on LWOP during certain periods of the year to be determined by workload of project assigned to.
  • XH-09 Level: U.S. Coast Guard Qualified Member of Engine Department (QMED). Must Obtain credential within 12 months. To go to next grade XH10, must obtain (DDE) 1000hp within 2 Years. (attach copy)
  • XH-10 Level: Designated Duty Engineer (DDE) 1000HP. To go to next grade XH11, must obtain (DDE) 4000HP/Unlimited within 3 years. (attach copy)
  • XH-11 Level: Holds Designated Duty Engineer (DDE) 4000/Unlimited. (attach copy)
  • Employee must sign a condition of employment agreement or MOU upon entering service.


Who May Apply: US Citizens

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

There is no specific length of training or experience required. However, you must be able to demonstrate, through experience shown in your written application materials that you possess the sufficient knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the work of this position without more than normal supervision.

Minimum Qualifications (Screen Out Element): Ability to do the work of a(n) Assistant Engineer TUG Class I without more than normal supervision. - Failure to meet this Screen Out Element will result in an ineligible rating. Experience as a ASSISTANT ENGINEER, TUG CLASS I on a diesel powered seagoing tugboat over 65ft long with a 2000 horsepower main engine or more, along with other smaller diesel engines serving in other capacities. Responsible for planning work in accordance with standard procedures, directives, and U.S. Coast Guard regulations and marine requirements. Responsible for performing checks and inspections of seagoing tugs main engine and various other mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic systems onboard while in operation. Ensures preventative maintenance is performed on or ahead of schedule to ensure the tug is in a ready to sail, safe, clean, and in orderly condition, during the navigation season. Performs repairs to the tugs various machinery, equipment, engine rooms and all floating plant vessels. Periodically required to assist in troubleshooting problems and making repairs aboard survey vessels and the various vessels that make up the entire floating plant operations to include a tugboats, derrick boats, barges, and launches.
  • PHYSICAL EFFORTS: Work requires walking, bending, reaching, standing for prolonged periods, turning or moving hands, arms, feet and legs to repair machinery, handling lines, and any other assigned duties. Moderate physical effort is exerted in accomplishing tasks. Incumbent is subject to physical strain from swaying motions and jarring movements. Frequently lifts, carries, and sets up parts and equipment that weigh up to 50 lbs.
  • WORKING CONDITIONS: The majority of duties are performed in engine room aboard floating plant. The engine room, where the incumbent works is usually noisy, hot, and may be exposed to fumes from the oil and lubricants used; danger of burns, irritation from grease and oils, bruises, strains, danger from attending moving machinery and electrical shock. Space is usually limited and when making repairs and adjustments to engines and machinery may be forced to work in cramped positions. Work may be performed inside and outside subjecting employee to varying climatic conditions such as rain and or snow, temperature extremes both hot and cold, risk of falling overboard, falls on slippery decks or steep stairways, possible drowning, and crankcase explosion. PPE is always utilized while working.

Additional information


  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a background investigation.
  • Direct deposit of pay is required.
  • This is a(n) 29 Career Field position.
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority for this position. To receive selection priority, you must: (1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria (2) be rated well-qualified for the position and; (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. To be considered well-qualified and receive selection priority applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and receive a score of 90 or above. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.
  • When you perform a Civilian Permanent Change of Station (PCS) with the government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers the majority of your entitlements to be taxable. Visit for more information.
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances may be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations and an agency determination that a PCS move is in the Government Interest.
  • Relocation or recruitment incentive may be authorized, subject to provisions. Will require service agreement.

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist for Public Announcements.

As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

1. Your resume:

  • Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you may not receive consideration for this position.
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.
2. Other supporting documents:
  • Cover Letter, optional
  • Full name and USCG Merchant Marine Credential Number (must be attached).
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
  • This position requires a job-related license or certification. You MUST submit a copy of your license or certification with your application package or you will be rated ineligible. See: Transcripts and Licenses

NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section above.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 07/25/2023 to receive consideration

  • To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application (
  • Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
  • You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
  • It is your responsibility to verify that your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.
  • Additional information on how to complete the online application process and submit your online application may be found on the USA Staffing Applicant Resource Center.
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