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Chief Engineer

Chief Engineer

905 Pier Road Orange, TX, 77630, United States

Job Description

  • The Chief Engineer provides power and services to a hydraulic cutter suction dredge and is responsible for preventative and corrective maintenance, including its equipment and furnishings. Ensures equipment is maintained and serviced to achieve the optimum economic life cycle and predictable reliability within its life cycle. This is a management position responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of the dredging equipment; coordinating and assisting with repairs, scheduled and preventative maintenance; supervising the engine room crew and contracted repair / service crews.
  • The Chief Engineer reports to the Dredge Captain while assigned to their respective vessel.
  • Directly supervise the day-to-day engine room operations and maintenance on the dredge and attendant plant.
  • Oversee and manage activities of vendor repair crews on dredge and attendant plant.  
  • Manage the computer-based vessel level preventative maintenance management program, to include maintenance and inventory documentation and recordkeeping (training provided).  
  • Assign and supervise all activities of engine room crew.
  •  Ensure proper orientation, familiarization and mentoring for new crew members. Evaluate performance of subordinates and recognize, develop, and promote talented crewmembers.
  • Mentor all crewmembers and promote safety awareness in all operations. Lead pre-shift meetings, Job Safety Analyses, and safety “walk arounds” on the dredge and attendant vessels.
  • Coordinate vessel maintenance operations with Captain and Project Management staff; coordinate and communicate equipment issues with the Dredge and Maintenance Managers.
  • Participate in emergency drills as required by the Regulatory Authority and MWD Management.
  • Ensure vessel meets all regulatory requirements and is properly prepared for inspections.


  • Experience in marine engineering, including supervisory experience; dredging experience is a plus.
  • Excellent safety, mechanical and leadership skills.
  • Working knowledge of electrical systems i.e., motor controls, DC drives, circuits, etc.
  • Proficient computer skills and maintaining information databases.
  • Ability to work 84-hour work week. 14 days on, 7 days off, revised as necessary.
Other Requirements
  • Driver’s License
  • TWIC card required.


  • Competitive salary with annual performance and salary reviews. Eligible for yearend bonus.
  • 401(k) program through Fidelity Investments, includes100% company matching of the first 4% of employee contributions; immediate vesting; and profit-sharing contributions by the company based on company’s annual performance.
  • Medical, Dental, Prescription, Life and LTD insurance plans.
  • A Company vehicle will be provided, and housing will be available.
Job Type: Full-time
Work Location
  • Orange, Texas (marineyard).
  • Occasional remote work and negotiated.
  • Minimum monthly travel to project sites on the Gulf Coast with planned expansion and to professional meetings throughout the US.

Equal Employment Opportunity

  • Muddy Water Dredging is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, disability, marital or civil union or domestic partner relationship, sexual orientation, gender identify or expression, pregnancy status, as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected be federal, state, local law or ordinance or regulation.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Founded in 2021, Muddy Water Dredging LP’s goal is to become the premier dredging company for operational performance, environmental quality, and safety. Our company provides diverse services from maintenance dredging to coastal marsh restoration. Excellent training, a magnificent work culture, and state-of-the-art equipment ensure that we provide market setting satisfaction while preserving the environment, economy, and community we work and live in.