Deck & Engineering

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The Deck department leads the fleet with positions of command. AMHS Licensed Deck officers are either graduates of one of several maritime academies or gain their knowledge, skills, and abilities through intensive self-study and on-the-job training.

Deck Crew in Haines

AMHS currently has approximately 105 deck officers navigating AMHS vessels, but not all deck crew are licensed. Employees in unlicensed positions are able to perform almost any task in relation to deck maintenance, small boat operations, basic navigation and seamanship.

Licensed: Master, Chief Mate, Second Mate and Third Mate
Unlicensed: Bos'n, Able Bodied Seaman, Ordinary Seaman, Porter and Watchmen

The Engineering department is responsible for maintaining all machinery in the main engine room, auxiliary engine room, marine sanitation device (MSD) room, and the steering gear room, as well as maintaining the ship's structural integrity. Employees in this department have job functions that include maintaining fluid levels, propulsion system and power plants, all equipment and machinery, ordering & storing parts, and maintaining the safety & security of the vessel.

Licensed: Chief Engineer, First Engineer, Second Engineer and Third Engineer
Unlicensed: Junior Engineer, Oiler and Wiper

Currently recruiting for:   Able Bodied Seamen

Under the supervision and direction of the Deck Watch Officer, an Able Bodied Seaman stands wheel and lookout watches. Under supervision of the Boatswain performs operational, maintenance, and sanitation duties on a vessel of the Alaska Marine Highway System. Aa AB is also a member of the Emergency Squad.

All positions currently filled for:   Extra Relief Third Mate - Please check back Fall 2022

This is a year-round position, with work assignments on a two week rotation. As an unlimited tonnage USCG licensed deck officer, you'll be working in a supervisory role, responsible for the navigation, communications, unlicensed deck crew, passengers, and vessel operations.

Currently recruiting for:   Oiler and Junior Engineer

Working with the Alaska Marine Highway as an Oiler or Jr. Engineer, you'll be responsible for the maintenance and operation of a variety of mechanical equipment, which includes the main propulsion and electrical generation units on board a marine highway vessel.

For more information or questions regarding licensed position opportunities, please contact:

Licensed Dispatcher
7037 N Tongass Highway
Ketchikan, Alaska 99901
907-228-6873 Fax

For more information or questions regarding these and other unlicensed position opportunities, please contact:

Crew Dispatch
7037 N Tongass Highway
Ketchikan, Alaska 99901
907-228-6873 Fax


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