UIC Alaska

Assistant Port Engineer - Bowhead Transport

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UIC, Bowhead Transport seeks a year-round, (Land Based) Assistant Port Engineer to oversee the maintenance operations of vessels and equipment.  The Assistant Port Engineer will be responsible for coordinating vessel repairs and maintenance operations with the Bowhead Port Engineer and will work according to Bowhead Transport Management’s direction. 

The Assistant Port Engineer will be responsible for maintaining a safe work environment on all Bowhead Transport vessels and will be required to assist the Port Captain when renewing vessel licenses and schedule / oversee timely USCG, ABS and other inspections annually.


About Bowhead Transport and the UIC Corporation

UIC is one of Alaska’s largest companies with 4,000 employees and fifty-four subsidiaries, UIC is proud of our expanding operations which currently span over twenty-five different industries and business lines throughout most of the United States and in many foreign countries. UIC and its subsidiaries are committed to and strive for safety, quality, business ethics, and shareholder values.  Bowhead Transport is the Northwest marine division of the UIC organization.  We have a diverse fleet of vessels that provide our customers with comprehensive marine solutions in challenging environments throughout Alaska. 

Headquartered in Anchorage, AK, Bowhead Transport Company offers competitive benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, short/long-term disability, and 401(k) retirement plans as well as paid time off programs for eligible full-time employees.


Company Overview
Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC) is the village corporation of Barrow, Alaska and is recognized as one of Alaska's top 10 companies with approximately 4,000 employees nationwide and revenues above $700M annually. UIC is projected to grow substantially in the coming years to become a top 3 company in Alaska by 2030. 

As a proud Alaska Native Corporation, our success brings growth and benefits to our Inupiat shareholders. The size and diversity of our operations means we have a broad variety of career opportunities. We recruit only qualified people looking to join a workforce characterized by strong leadership, competent and hard-working staff, and a superior work environment with a focus on career development, great wages and benefits.


Assistant Port Engineer Essential Functions Include:

  • Assistant Port Engineer will be responsible for maintaining all Bowhead equipment land based or at sea.  Maintaining equipment may include but is not limited to ensuring all Bowhead equipment is winterized, worn or broken parts are repaired / replaced, appropriate storage is secured when needed and equipment is in safe operational condition at all times.
  • Assist the Port Captain and Port Engineer when Scheduling, planning and overseeing haul outs, shipyard work and off season / In Season repairs and maintenance on all Bowhead Transport vessels and equipment
  • Coordinating the purchase of equipment or operational supplies with the Port Engineer as needed: Coordinating the purchase of supplies may involve Bowhead Transport captains, engineers, deckhands and Bowhead management staff.
  • Travel as needed:  Assistant Port Engineer will be required to travel at times depending on the circumstances involved and at the direction of the Bowhead Port Engineer.
  • Field Work:  Assistant Port Engineer at times will be required to assist Bowhead vessel crews or land based Bowhead staff loading, lashing, consolidating and manifesting, cargo as needed in any / all port locations when occasional additional assistance is required
  • Other duties as assigned by the Bowhead Port Engineer or other Bowhead management staff.

Licenses, Credentials, Requirements and Experience:

  • Valid Drivers License
  • Local resident of Seward Alaska or surrounding area preferred.
  • General PC knowledge preferred including; spreadsheet software, word processing software and knowledge of MS Office Suite.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, positive (Anything is Possible) attitude, problem solving ability and good judgment with the ability to work alone or as part of a team.
  • Individual should be stable under pressure and have the ability to withstand the stresses associated with the job's mental demands, physical demands, potentially hazardous situations and unpredictable weather
  • Individual will be required to work a flexible schedule often times requiring hours outside of normal office hours, (8-5) as needed and will likely exceed 40 hours per week occasionally during the primary operating season, (April – October)


Physical Demands: The work environment varies and includes, but is not limited to: shipyards, docks, ports, bays, beaches, waterways, office space, equipment rooms, warehouse space, construction zones, and outdoor environments. Work hours may fluctuate outside of normal duty hours. While performing the duties of this job, the individual is:

  • Required to work with hands performing mechanic / engineer duties with tools, equipment and supplies.
  • Frequently required to stand and/or walk and routinely required to reach with hands and arms.
  • Routinely required to stand, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or squat.
  • Regularly required to sit for prolonged periods at a desk or workspace utilizing computer phones and office supplies.
  • Required to sit for prolonged periods during travel by plane or auto.
  • Frequently lifts and /or moves up to 50 pounds and occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 75 pounds.
  • Occasionally lifts and/or moves 75-100 pounds with the assistance of deckhands and/or heavy lifting equipment.


Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs

All employees must pass Non-DOT pre-employment drug screening and follow all UIC Non-DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Program guidelines and requirements.

If working on a DOT project, employees must pass a DOT pre-employment drug screening and follow all DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Program requirements.


Important Notice

Candidates must pass a background check in order to fill this position.

UIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), persons unable to complete an online application should contact UIC HR for assistance.

UIC considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, family responsibility, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran's status or any other legal protected status. Pursuant to The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act 43 U.S.C. Sec. 1601 et seq., and federal contractual requirements, Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation, may legally grant certain preference in employment opportunities to UIC Shareholders and their Descendants. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V





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