Engineering Training / Watch Officer (Multiple Openings) - Summer Training Cruise 2024

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Work type: Instructional Faculty - Temporary/Lecturer
Location: Maritime Academy
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Temporary, Full Time, Faculty - Engineering

 An international voyage to the Far East is planned.”

DEPARTMENT:    Department of Engineering Technology / Marine Programs





The California State University Maritime Academy seeks applicants for temporary positions to serve as Engineering Training Officers/Engineering Watch Officers for the 2023 summer training cruise. Applicants expecting to be considered for this position must complete their online application and submit requested materials to Human Resource by close of business day on December 19, 2023 to receive priority consideration. This position will remain open until filled.  Possibility of visiting international ports.

CRUISE PERIOD: The entire operation of the TRAINING SHIP GOLDEN BEAR is under management by cadets, with faculty-licensed officers acting in an advisory capacity. First-year cadets perform elementary tasks, while third-year cadets perform all the duties of ship’s officers - from loading the ship’s cargo of provisions and lighting off the plant, to navigating and providing power for the ship.  Grades are assigned by faculty members based on actual performance, professionalism, and aptitude for life at sea as a licensed officer.

ABOUT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY MARITIME ACADEMY (Cal Maritime):  Located on a compact but scenic waterfront campus in Vallejo, California (30 miles northeast of San Francisco), California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) is a unique and specialized campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.  Serving a population of approximately 1100 undergraduate and 50 graduate students, we are one of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States — and the only one on the West Coast.   Cal Maritime offers six baccalaureate degrees in Business Administration, Global Studies and Maritime Affairs (GSMA), Facilities Engineering Technology, Marine Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering, and Marine Transportation. The undergraduate curriculum includes licensing programs for future merchant marine, coast guard and naval reserve officers.    Cal Maritime also offers a Master of Science in Transportation and Engineering Management degree. For more information about California State University Maritime Academy, please visit our web page at

Our programs focus on intellectual learning, applied technology, leadership development, and global awareness. Cal Maritime cadets participate in training cruises aboard the Training Ship Golden Bear or other international educational experiences - gaining a unique perspective on our increasingly global culture and economy. Cal Maritime is committed to be a leading educational institution recognized for excellence in the business, engineering, operations, security, and policy of the transportation industries of the Pacific Rim and beyond. We are equally committed to hiring and retaining diverse and dedicated faculty and staff who lead the way in helping our cadets expand their knowledge and potential. 

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  The engineering position will be responsible for standing watches and instructing cadets. Other duties will include drills, handling emergency repairs, in port watches, and conducting lectures for assigned courses.


  • Unlimited U.S. Coast Guard motor license
  • Familiar with modern ship technology
  • All current STCW endorsements including an active medical certificate valid for STCW and a valid TWIC card


  • Teaching experience at the college level
  • Engineering License with significant medium speed diesel experience


  • Hiring salary is between $7,000- $8,500 per month
  • CSU Salary range is $5,141 - $8,759 per month 


  • An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available for “qualifying” positions which includes medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurances, retirement plans, fee waiver, vacation, and sick leave.   


  • 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 CSU Executive Order 1083 revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.



  • Work site aboard the training ship requires climbing up and down ship ladders and gangways; lifting and carrying material from pier to training ship; and occasional work in excess heat, cold, dampness or dry atmospheric conditions.
  • All mariners should be capable of living and working in cramped spaces on rolling vessels, maintaining balance on a moving deck, rapidly donning an exposure suit, stepping over doorsills of 24 inches in height, opening and closing watertight doors that may weigh up to 56 pounds, pulling heavy objects, up to 50 lbs. in weight, distances of up to 400 feet, climbing steep stairs or vertical ladders without assistance, participating in firefighting and lifesaving efforts, including wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), and lifting/controlling fully charged fire hoses. Extended workdays are common.


  • A pre-employment physical and as required by federal regulations, the incumbent must pass a drug-screening test for participation in the cruise.
  • Applicants must provide proof of US citizenship or authorization to work in the United States within three days from the date of hire. 
  • A background check investigation (including criminal records check and fingerprinting) is required prior to employment. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
  • Applicants must submit on hire official documentation as proof of degree, license, or certificates as required. 

APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested parties must apply on-line through our Cal Maritime Jobs website.  Click “APPLY NOW” to complete and submit the Cal Maritime Employment Application and attach  the following:

  1. Cal Maritime Employment Application (required)
  2. Letter of interest
  3. Copy of appropriate/required documents
  4. Resume
  5. Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional reference

BACKGROUND CHECK: Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check and fingerprinting) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

NOTIFICATION:  Based upon a review of applications and accompanying documents, only those persons whose qualifications best match job requirements will be interviewed.  Applicants not selected for an interview will be notified only after the position closes and the successful candidate has been selected. 

TITLE IX:  Please view the Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator at on the CSU Title IX website.

MANDATED REPORTER: 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 CSU Executive Order 1083 revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.

EEO STATEMENT: Cal Maritime is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The university subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable Accommodations will be provided to applicants with qualifying disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Benefits Coordinator at (707) 654-1146.

DISCLAIMER:  The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or changed.

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