• Director of Equipment & Maintenance

    Alaska Marine Lines
    Regular Full-Time
    FLSA Status
  • Overview

    Directs the management of AML container and shore side equipment including procurement activities, preventative maintenance, repair/replacement and safety assurance. Maximizes value of AML equipment though improvements in design, maintenance and processes to enhance customer value and operational efficiency. Measures equipment performance throughout the product lifetime. Provides input into strategic equipment decisions. Works closely with all departments to ensure full support and cooperation to support AML services.


    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

    Maintenance & Repair Department Responsibility:

    • Establishes policies for inspection, maintenance and repair of all company equipment.
    • Provides constant evaluation of the fleets maintenance and repair operations.
    • Reviewing, prioritizing and coordinating repairs, preventative maintenance schedules and project/modifications of all shore side assets.
    • Contracts for repairs and service by outside vendors.
    • Supplies priorities and direction of the repair and maintenance functions within AML and through selected contractors.
    • Authorizes and arranges for purchase of supplies, tools, and machinery.
    • Procedures for and oversight of parts inventories as they relate to a fleet of equipment that is out of production, has unique or long lead times and centrally located parts to support remote locations.
    • Confers with operations and other operating companies to arrange for equipment to be released from service for inspection, service, or repair.
    • Evaluates cause and extent of damage to equipment involved in accidents or failures companywide and recommends corrective action.

    Management Responsibility:

    • Provides senior level management of all activities related to hiring, compensation, training, travel, evaluation, development, promotion, discipline, and discharge of company maintenance personnel.
    • Works closely with all departments to ensure full support and cooperation to support AML services.
    • Consults with sales/marketing to determine specific customer equipment requirements. Assists sales in providing training and advice to customers, operations and operating companies for the proper use of equipment.

    New Assets Responsibility:

    • Recommends equipment needs based on consultation with company operational and commercial personnel and customer requirements.
    • Directs and coordinates the manufacturing/production of new assets.  
    • Inspects company shore side assets, analyzes data and various reports/meetings to determine if current equipment design meets functional and performance best practices specifications.
    • Ensures that all shore side assets are in compliance with the company policies for inspection, preventative maintenance, and repair. Confers with vendors to clarify or resolve problems.



    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and physical demands in the work environment.



    Four year college or university program certificate required; five years related experience and/or training in asset management and repair in freight transportation with emphasis on containerized and intermodal movement on barges; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Five years management experience required.


    Experience with fleet maintenance and management of fleet assets that are involved with both marine and over the road transportation business models. Experience with a multi terminal marine/over the road terminal freight business model is valuable. Knowledge of ISO/CSC standards related to intermodal equipment. Knowledge of DOT weight distribution requirements with special emphasis on Washington and Alaska State DOT requirements for the purposes of creating legal weight distribution loads on cargo chassis. Experience with Loadex software extremely valuable.



    Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.



    Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, weight distribution, volume and equipment/asset repair estimates.



    Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of highly technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.



    Valid driver’s license and good driving record is required. Must be eligible to apply and be issued a TWIC (Transportation Workers Identification Card.) Identification or passport valid for travel required.



    • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work to meet schedules/deadlines.
    • Must be flexible and adaptive to constant changes and be able to work in a high stress environment.
    • PC skills required: Windows, Excel, Outlook, keyboarding proficiency


    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.



    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts. The employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; and vibration.

    The noise level in the work environment is moderate in the office to very loud in the barge operation.



    This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

    Federal law requires Alaska Marine Lines to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. Alaska Marine Lines will provide the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.   Details: http://bit.ly/2nk3jWa


    A post conditional offer of employment physical, drug test and background investigation are required. Random drug testing is required of all Alaska Marine Lines employees.

    Alaska Marine Lines, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or national origin.

    Veterans and Minorities are encouraged to apply. VEVRAA Federal Contractor. Priority referrals for protected veterans.


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