Kitsap Employment Opportunity Marine Maintenance Manager

Written by Leia Sills
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Position Summary:  We are looking for a qualified and experienced individual to join our Marine Services Department, who will, under general direction, oversee day-to-day coordination of system-wide maintenance and repair for Kitsap Transit’s passenger-only ferry services, focusing on system reliability and efficiency through a robust program of preventive maintenance, emergent repair/response, maintenance staff training, qualifications, assignment and development, and vessel, equipment and procedural compliance with applicable regulatory and organizational standards.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities are as follows:

Directly supports the Marine Services Department’s goals to provide safe, secure, reliable, regulatory compliant, environmentally sound, cost-effective, and customer-friendly passenger-only ferry services.  In this regard, this position’s duties and responsibilities include the following:

Oversee and coordinate the conduct of all marine maintenance and repair functions for Kitsap Transit, through direct, hands-on monitoring of all aspects of vessel/facility maintenance for the fleet of KT-operated ferries and the KT-operated marine facilities.

As necessary to ensure service quality, safety, reliability, and schedule adherence, coordinate all maintenance activities with the Port Captain, including coordination of supply or discharge of vessel operating fluids, assurance of vessel seaworthiness, and establishment/monitoring of applicable maintenance protocols and practices.

Supervise the performance of Marine Mechanics and Mechanic Helpers in day-to-day maintenance and repair activities, including both scheduled and unplanned actions, including the efficient and effective use of the maintenance staff to support non-routine operating hours, services and emergent needs.

In coordination with the Marine Services Director, establish maintenance staff performance standards and expectations, conduct performance appraisals, participate in hiring and promotion decisions, foster positive staff-management relationships, and as necessary, initiate necessary disciplinary actions.

Develop, implement, and revise work schedules of the maintenance staff, coordinating with the Port Captain as necessary.  Monitor and manage applicable routine and periodic staff training and ensure that all subordinate staff have requisite knowledge and expertise to perform assigned tasks.  Review and approve staff timesheets.

Manage the vessel maintenance budget; manage and monitor relationships with ferry supply and maintenance vendors; ensure that the purchase of fuel, equipment, parts, and consumables comply with local, state and federal policies; initiate and participate in the bid and award processes for contracted commodities, equipment maintenance and repair services.

Enforce and improve existing maintenance programs, and develop new programs, policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the full range of applicable maritime, environmental, safety, security, and related local, state and federal regulations.

Develop and implement preventive maintenance schedules, intervals and procedures; ensure maintenance schedules and procedures conform to regulatory mandates and manufacturer’s requirements for warranty coverage; develop contingency plans required to ensure continuous operational readiness and provide service continuity during unanticipated equipment failures; arrange for and coordinate the work of outside contractors as appropriate and required.

Coordinate with the Port Captain the performance and documentation of applicable checks and testing of safety and lifesaving equipment at required intervals, including the schedule and performance of safety equipment inspections to ensure compliance with requisite regulatory mandates.

Facilitate and monitor the timely and accurate submission of required reports of marine casualty to management and/or the US Coast Guard.  In cooperation with the Marine Services Director, coordinate applicable notifications to the USCG regarding vessel repairs and inspections.

Follow applicable security plan protocols and coordinate as necessary with marine operations staff and security partners to ensure security measures relevant to the current MARSEC Level are maintained.

Ensure the consistent and proper use of safety equipment along with applicable personal protective equipment by all maintenance staff.

Perform a wide spectrum of administrative functions and other duties as assigned in support of Kitsap Transit’s ferry program.

This position reports to the Marine Services Director.

Salary Range:  The range for this position is $8,349 – $11,226 per month, commensurate with experience. With rare exception, initial appointments are usually made at Step 1 ($8,349).

Benefits: Full-time employees receive a generous benefits package including subsidized medical insurance and fully paid dental insurance for employee and dependents, as well as disability insurance and life insurance.  This position participates in the Washington State Public Employees’ Retirement Plan with the option of participating in a state administered deferred compensation plan. Employees receive a generous general leave accrual and 11 holidays pro-rated based on the number of hours worked per pay period up to a maximum of 80 hours per pay period. Kitsap Transit also provides employees and certain dependents with a free transportation pass on Kitsap Transit.

Hours of Work:  Work is conducted between the hours of operation for Marine Services which currently is, 3:30 am – 9:00 pm, Monday through Friday and 8:00 am on Saturdays – 12:30 am on Sundays. This position also has the possibility of occasional work outside these hours, including weekends and holidays.


Kitsap Transit employees who wish to apply must have a satisfactory performance and attendance record.  Kitsap Transit Operators with any of the following criteria in the last twelve months are excluded from recruitment opportunities:

·     a current Decision Making Leave or higher in the Safety category

·     more than two held customer complaints

·     more than four unscheduled absences

·     more than two late reports

Education and Experience:  High school diploma/GED and four years of increasingly responsible marine maintenance experience in the servicing and repair of marine engines and related marine equipment, including two years of lead or supervisory experience in overseeing the maintenance and repair of marine systems in a regulated environment.  Bachelor’s degree in marine transportation, marine engineering, business or public administration is desirable.  Possession of a current United States Coast Guard Engineer’s License is desired.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Following are some highlights of the knowledge, skills and abilities required to be successful in this position.

·     Supervisory principles and practices.

·     Methods, materials, tools, and standard practices used in the full spectrum of marine maintenance functions.

·     Marine, environmental and operating hazards and the full suite of applicable local, state and federal regulations governing the maintenance and operation of a passenger ferry service.

·     Technique and methods to maintain, overhaul, and repair diesel and electrical powered equipment, including the materials, tools and equipment used and the use of applicable safe working practices.

Skills in:

·     Developing, implementing and maintaining an inventory of spare parts and materials for marine equipment

·     Assigning and monitoring work and instructing others on the maintenance and repair of marine systems and equipment

·     Diagnosing malfunctions and determining appropriate repairs

·     Employing effective analytical thinking, sound organizational and detail-oriented practices

·     Using logical, persuasive, and effective oral and written communications

·     Working up and down the organizational hierarchy, as well as with other agencies and regulators

·     Leading and motivating diverse employees in geographically dispersed locations in a team environment

·     Developing and implementing well-reasoned policies and procedures

·     Using personal computers, including common word processing and database management software

·     Handling multiple competing priorities in a timely, effective manner

·     Working cooperatively with others and discerning when issues need to be elevated within the department

Licenses/Certifications: Must possess a valid Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) issued by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) within thirty days of hire. Must obtain a Washington State Driver’s License within thirty days of hire.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and other equipment, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.  Work may be performed in the hours of darkness, on weekends, outside regular office hours, outdoors, at sea, and in stressful and/or emergency situations.  This position will require lifting heavy objects up to 70 pounds, and requires climbing ladders, entering through narrow hatches & passageways, working in very small spaces, and being exposed to operating engines, equipment, smells, and loud sounds.  This position may be called upon outside normal business hours for consultation and hands-on support.

Selection Process:  After evaluating the completed application packets, we will invite the most qualified applicants to the next step in the recruitment process. We will not make any hiring decisions until all steps in the selection process are completed, including reference and background checks.

To Apply:  If you decide to apply for this position, please visit our employment link at Please contact Marianne Rajan in the Human Resources Department at (360) 478-5852 if you have any questions.

Closing Date:  Your completed application must be submitted online by 4:00 PM, Friday January 29th, 2021.  You may include a resume; however, it may not be used in lieu of a completed application. 

·     Selective certification may be used to achieve affirmative action goals.

·     Kitsap Transit is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the hiring process, contact [email protected] at least ten days in advance or 360-479-4348 (TDD).

·     If you qualify for the Veterans Scoring Criteria under RCW 41.04.005 and 41.04.010, you must answer all questions regarding Veterans Scoring Criteria Status Declaration in the application and upload a copy of the substantiating document as listed in the application.

·     Kitsap Transit is subject to the requirements of the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act and CFR Part 40 & Part 655, which prohibits the use of marijuana at any time while employed by Kitsap Transit.


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