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Chief Engineer - Marine


Canadian Coast Guard (an Agency of Fisheries and Oceans Canada) – Fleet

 Selection Process Number: 23-DFO-ACCG-EA-606103

Closing date: December 1, 2025 -23:59, Pacific Time


Job Title: Chief Engineer - Marine
Classification: SO-MAO-07, SO-MAO-08, SO-MAO-09, SO-MAO-10, SO-MAO-11, SO-MAO-12
Tenure: Casual, Deployment, Secondment, Specified Period, Indeterminate
Locations: Dartmouth (Nova Scotia) and St. John's, (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Rates of pay:
SO-MAO-07 $50.48 to $55.97 per hour
SO-MAO-08 $53.10 to $58.88 per hour
SO-MAO-09 $57.17 to $63.38 per hour
SO-MAO-10 $62.31 to $69.09 per hour
SO-MAO-11 $68.61 to $76.07 per hour
SO-MAO-12 $74.79 to $82.93 per hour
Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents residing abroad.


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About the Job: 

🐟 Your Canadian Coast Guard Adventure Awaits!

Embark on an extraordinary maritime adventure with the Canadian Coast Guard!  Join our elite team and embrace a career of courage, resilience, and purpose.  As a guardian of Canada's vast coastal waters, you'll experience the thrill of saving lives, protecting our marine ecosystems, and ensuring maritime safety. Unleash your skills and be part of a tight-knit community that fosters personal growth and professional development. Answer the call, and let the Canadian Coast Guard be your gateway to an exhilarating career on the high seas!


Get to know us:

Want a career where you help save lives?

The Canadian Coast Guard offers a sea of careers that few can emulate. We are an organization that offers its employees the chance to save lives, protect Canada’s pristine environment, and travel to areas so remote that your only neighbor is wildlife. In short, we are anything but ordinary!

As an organization, we oversee ships of all types; cutting-edge helicopters; and employ about 4,500 people, who work tirelessly to protect and secure 243,000 kilometers of Canada’s vast and rugged coastline.
The Canadian Coast Guard has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People in 2023!
Apply now so you don’t miss the boat!


Working with us:

👋 The intent of this selection process is to create an inventory of qualified candidates to be used to staff casual, term and indeterminate opportunities within the Canadian Coast Guard.


Our offer to you:

Benefits of working at the Canadian Coast Guard include:


Who you are:

  • You have a Transport Canada STCW Certificate of Competency, 2nd Class Engineering Motor Ship or higher.
  • You have experience managing shipboard personnel, operations and refits.
  • You enjoy working with a commitment to safety, security and service.
  • You've got great interpersonal and strong leadership skills to manage a diverse team even in difficult situations.
  • You have a natural ability to mentor others by using skills and knowledge.
  • You take pride in the overall condition of the engine room and machinery.


What you’ll be doing as key activities:


  • Supervising and managing engine room personnel, financial resources and materiel.
  • Planning and directing the operation, maintenance and repair of the main propulsion plant, electrical plant, auxiliary machinery, deck machinery, hotel equipment and miscellaneous systems.
  • Provide technical advice and support to vessel client personnel.
  • Participating in shipboard emergency and safety drills such as firefighting, abandoning ship, man overboard, damage control, and other operations such as search and rescue.
  • Managing, directing and participating, if required, in the watch keeping system.
  • Compiling, recommending and managing refit specifications, vessel's additions and alterations, and other contract repair work required for the upkeep of the vessel.
  • Providing all support necessary to ensure CCG meets its mandate.


Essential Qualifications


Official Language Proficiency

English essential

Information on language requirements


Stream 1: SO-MAO-07/08/09

Stream 2: SO-MAO-09/10/11/12


🎓 Certification

Stream 1: Valid Transport Canada STCW Certificate of Competency, 2nd Class Engineering Motor Ship

Stream 2: Valid Transport Canada STCW Certificate of Competency, 1st Class Engineering Motor Ship


📌 Experience

Stream 1: Experience as *Senior Engineer and/or Chief Engineer on a vessel with minimum 2000-3000 kW

Stream 2: Stream 2: Experience as Chief Engineer on a vessel with minimum 3000+ kW

*Senior Engineer is the Engineer next to the Chief Engineer in the line of authority.  Sometimes referred to as 2nd Engineer.


📌 Abilities:

Both Streams:

■  Ability to communicate orally and in writing

■  Ability to manage a Safety Management System

■  Ability to manage operations and refit


📌 Competencies 

Both Streams:

■ Uphold Integrity and Respect

Mobilize People

Collaborate with Partners and Stakeholders

Create Vision and Strategy

Promote Change and Innovation

Achieve Results


Asset Qualifications 


🎓 Certification

Stream 1: Valid Transport Canada STCW Certificate of Competency, 1st Class Engineering Motor


📌 Experience

Stream 1: 

Experience as Senior Engineer  on a Canadian Coast Guard Class F (1100 class) vessel or higher

Experience as Chief Engineer on a Canadian Coast Guard Class C (Hero Class) or higher

Stream 2: 

■ Experience as Chief Engineer on Canadian Coast Guard Vessels Class F (1100 class) or higher

Both Streams:

■ Experience in managing a Preventative Maintenance System

■ Experience in planning, developing and implementing specifications for vessel modifications, emergency repairs or refit/drydockings

■ *Experience working in a shore position relating to Coast Guard Operations

*Coast Guard Operational Order 516 shore experience in Fleet Management to be fully met within 2 years of initial date of hire  into a Senior Officer at Sea position.


Conditions of Employment

Maintain valid Secret Security Clearance.

Maintain valid Health Canada Medical for seagoing personnel.

Maintain a valid Certificate of Competency.

Requirement to go to sea for prolonged periods of time and in adverse weather conditions.

Requirement to wear and maintain a uniform, safety footwear, and personal protective equipment to Canadian Coast Guard standards.

Compliance with the Canadian Coast Guard Safety Management System and Standards.

Adherence to the Canadian Coast Guard Respiratory Protection Program.

Willingness and ability to work overtime as required.

Willingness to be deployed within the Atlantic Region.

■ For vessels assigned primarily to Search and Rescue operations, employees must be within 30 minutes response time to the vessel during assigned work period.

Valid Canadian Passport (for identified positions). For Canadian Permanent Residents: valid Permanent Resident card.

Must be willing and able to travel by air, land or by sea.


🔔Organizational Need

At Fisheries and Oceans Canada, diversity is our strength. In support of achieving a diverse workforce, selection may be limited to candidates who self-declare as a member of one of more of the following Employment Equity groups. If you are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a visible minority, let us know by completing the Employment Equity (EE) section in your application.


📣 Important Messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you are a person with a disability (e.g. a learning difficulty or a visual or auditory impairment) and require accommodation during any phase of the evaluation process (including the submission of your application), please notify the person listed in the ‘Contact Information’ section below to request an accommodation measure. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

Other information

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.


Self-declaring. Because you count.

By completing the Employment Equity section in your application, you help create a Public Service that is diverse, inclusive and representative of identities, cultures, perspectives and experiences that make up Canada.

Learn more about employment equity.


We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.


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📧Contact information:

Candice Reath, Atlantic Region Project Coordinator - Fleet