• Mechanic Generator

    Location US-WA-Seattle
    Company Alaska Marine Lines
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Repairs and maintains marine power packs and generator systems as they relate to marine transportation. This position is a Safety Sensitive position.


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

    • Responsible for operation, preventative maintenance, repair, and overhaul of a fleet of containerized diesel generator sets used in refrigerated cargo service.
    • Inspect and maintain diesel engines and ancillary components including pressure washing, steam cleaning, lube oil changes, oil and fuel filter services, and tune-ups.
    • Troubleshoot & perform repairs to diesel engines including rebuilding, repairing or replacement of major components.
    • Inspect, maintain, troubleshoot & repair three phase AC generators rated up to 500 kW & 480 VAC output.
    • Inspect, maintain, troubleshoot and repair a variety of both analog and digital generator set control systems including reprogramming set points and replacement of ECM’s and other electronic components.
    • Inspect, maintain, and repair AC electrical panels, circuit breakers, transformers, and other electrical components and wiring used in generator set containers.
    • Perform load bank testing on generator sets to ensure operation and reliability of equipment.
    • Safely transferring diesel fuel between fuel tanks.
    • Check & inspect generator sets while running live refrigerated container loads both shore side and on board barges.
    • Train other personnel in the proper and safe operation of power generation equipment.
    • Own basic hand tools common to the trade and be willing and able to acquire additional tooling as the position requires. Must be able to properly use and maintain company supplied tooling.
    • Work with Shop Lead & Department Manager in maintaining adequate inventory of parts, materials and tooling.
    • Work with Purchasing Department in requesting items in the absence of Shop Lead and/or Department Manager.
    • Responsible for assisting refrigeration technicians as required.


    QUALIFICATIONS: 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.



    • 2 year vocational/technical degree in Diesel Technology or related field & a minimum of 5 years’ experience with mechanical & electronic diesel engine service & repair in industrial and/or marine environments.
    • Previous 150 – 300kw power generation experience; Caterpillar, Cummins/Onan, and/or John Deere.
    • Good AC and DC electrical aptitude and the ability to read and understand electrical schematics and diagrams.
    • Previous experience with rigging/blocking/lofting of equipment for the removal/installation of major components


    Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence while communicate effectively with other employees, vendors and customers.



    Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.



    Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables.  Ability to interpret and follow a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.  Must have strong troubleshooting/diagnostic skills, be proactive in identifying and correcting problems with equipment, and possess a strong attention to detail.



    Must be eligible to apply and be issued a TWIC (Transportation Workers Identification Card)  Able to meet forklift certification requirements for operating fork trucks with lifting capacities between 3,000# and 100,000#. Training provided.

    Identification or passport valid for travel preferred.



    • Ability to meet a regular work schedule.
    • Ability and willingness to work overtime as required.
    • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work to meet schedules/deadlines.
    • Regular attendance and timeliness are essential functions of this position. Daily physical presence is required.
    • Ability to work alone or as part of a team with minimal supervision. 
    • 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 and fingers to hold, handle, objects, tools, or to key data entry; reach with hands and arms to clean, spray or perform repairs; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl with legs and knees; and talk or hear while communicating using telephones or radios.  The employee frequently is required to walk and climb or balance.  Employee is regularly required to climb ladders and is required to use fall protection.  The employee is regularly required to use eyes, ears, arms, hands, legs, and feet to safely operate motor powered vehicles. 


    The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus while working in safety sensitive environments. Must be able to work in odd and tight positions for extended periods of time.


    The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals and may be required to wear air purifying respirator.  Employee is required to wear PPE as outlined in Company’s Industrial Health and Safety Manual which may include hard hat, safety toe shoes/boots, gloves, safety glasses/goggles, hearing protection and respiratory protection. The employee needs the ability to work in a constant state of alertness and in a  safe manner.



    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.  
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    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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