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Ferry and Facilities Maintenance Technician Job in Put-In-Bay, Ohio US

Ferry and Facilities Maintenance Technician

Miller Ferry Boat Line - Put-In-Bay, OH

Posted: 1/29/2024 - Expires: 4/25/2024

Job ID: 269025640


Job Description

Miller Boat Line is currently hiring a dedicated Ferry and Facilities Maintenance Technician. Interested applicants should be able to perform Maritime and Light Industrial and Light Commercial Maintenance. 

$28.00-48.50 per hour based on experience, great benefits.
Expected hours: 32 – 54 per week
Full-time, year-round or seasonal position. Average of 40 hours per week.

Miller Boat Line’s Engineers are maintenance technicians responsible for maintaining Miller Boat Line’s fleet of 5x USCG certified Subchapter-K RoPax ferries. They also lead other company personnel in maintaining the equipment and building systems throughout Miller Boat Line’s grounds, properties, and operations.

Scope of Responsibility: The Maintenance Technician reports to the Chief Engineer and assists him or her with maintaining all company property, especially the vessels and terminals.

Technical Duties include (but are not limited to) regular maintenance and troubleshooting of: diesel and gasoline engines, electric motors and pumps, hydraulic systems, various piping systems, ship and shoreside electrical systems, light vehicle maintenance, building maintenance not limited to moderate plumbing, light to moderate electrical wiring and upkeep of other ships systems.

Other technical duties include fitting and welding of steel for vessels and dock infrastructure, field engineering, complete rebuilds of water pumps and various other pieces of equipment, winterizing vessels and equipment and grounds.

Administrative Duties include: preparing vessels for yearly and 5-year drydock U.S. Coast Guard inspections, escorting U.S. Coast Guard personnel through the vessels during inspections and running necessary drills as required; writing reports and corresponding with vendors, contractors, company management and USCG through email in a professional, knowledgeable manner; using the company work-order and asset management program.

Sailing Duties: upon hire, the maintenance technician shall be trained as a deckhand onboard the vessels. Candidates who currently hold a valid USCG 100 Ton Great Lakes Master’s License and have the aptitude to operate commercial vessels are preferred.

Management: the maintenance technician will often act as project manager and crew lead in charge of overseeing several other employees.

Hours: The maintenance tech works an average of (but not limited to) 40 hour weeks on a schedule that is predetermined by the Chief Engineer and/or the General Manager based upon maintenance cycle and crewing requirements. Shift times vary from early morning to afternoon/evening to

overnight and may be different day-to-day. Must be able and willing to work nights upon occasion for up to six weeks in a row. Work on weekends and holidays is frequently required, especially during operating season of March-January. Overtime or odd shift hours occur more frequently during peak season. Winter lay-off is an option if the candidate wishes to take several months of leave approximately January 15th to March 1st.


Candidate Must have the following Capabilities or Qualifications:

· Pass a pre-employment USCG required DOT Drug Test, submit to random testing.

· 15 years good standing in gainful employment.

· 10 years experience in building and/or industrial systems applicable to this job description.

· High School Diploma or GED

· Must be able to obtain a TWIC, Merchant Mariner Credential, and FCC Radio Operator License.

· Must hold a valid drivers license

· Must be capable of obtaining First Aid and CPR certificates from the American Heart Association.

· capable of lifting 50lbs-100lbs occasionally, capable of lifting 150lbs on extremely rare emergency occasion (example: man overboard retrieval, electric motor swap)

· all requirements of “Deck Hand” position.

· able to stand, sit, squat, crawl, climb ladders and stairs, for long periods of time (8+ hours of each).

· capable of working alone or in a group setting, either leading or following a group or persons.

· Must be Proficient at Microsoft Word or other word processor, basic understanding of Excel and Outlook and write with proper spelling and grammar in a professional business manner. Must be able to type 25 words per minute.

· Must be capable of self-learning in a fast-paced environment.

· Must possess mechanical aptitude: the ability to understand simple and complex machines, basic physics and chemistry and their application to the task at hand.

· Must be capable of critical thinking, troubleshooting, and problem solving.

·The successful candidate will show a conceptual knowledge of electricity and generators, hydraulics and fluid dynamics, piping systems, diesel and gasoline engines,

· have an understanding of high-school level physics concepts.

· Be able to effectively communicate thoughts, instructions, feedback to other technicians/engineers, other company personnel, customers, and other persons related to the job.

The preferred Candidate will have two or more of the following qualifications:

· USCG engine room license (assistant through chief)

· AWS,ABS Welding Certificate or proof of vocational school welding program completion.

· 10 years experience in ship or maritime maintenance.

· 10 years experience as a deckhand or master of a commercial vessel with a TWIC and MMC.

· Service in the U.S. Military or Merchant Marine as an officer or non-commissioned officer with an honorable discharge.

· Recent service as a full-time firefighter.

· Undergraduate Degree


Hourly Pay: $28.00-$48.50 per hour, 1.5x pay for time over 40 hours per week.

401k, Vacation, Paid Time Off (sick days), Health/Dental/Vision insurance, Short Term Disability, Life Insurance, Free ferry pass for dependents.


The hired candidate may start in the 2024 season and may commute from the mainland via Miller Boat Line’s Catawba Dock ferry terminal each work day for the first work season which is also the probationary period. Upon successful completion of the probationary period (1200 hours), the Maintenance Technician shall be offered housing (rental contract and rental fee required) on South Bass Island (Put-in-Bay). After completion of the probationary period, the Maintenance Technician shall be required to be available on-call for ferry maintenance at all hours during certain periods as set by the Chief Engineer after conferring with the General Manager; this likely will require the employee to live on South Bass Island.

TO APPLY: Interested Candidates should email resume and cover letter in PDF format.
Call: 419-285-2421



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Job Summary

Employment Type:
Full Time Employee
Job type:
Regular Employment
Skill Based Partner:
Education Level:
Attained Certificate of equivalency for a HS degree
Work Days:
Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
Job Reference Code
$28.00 - $48.50 /hour
Licenses / Certifications:
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Applied Math: 4
Graphic Literacy: 4

Workplace Documentation: 4