UIC Alaska

Equipment Operator

Position Type


UIC Bowhead Transport, LLC (BTC) provides marine cargo transportation; lightering; environmental and research support, logistics, oilfield services. We have a diverse fleet of vessels that provides our customers with comprehensive marine service options in multiple Alaska regions. Bowhead Transport offers competitive benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, short/long-term disability, and 401(k) retirement plans. �Eligible part-time employees are able to participate in the 401(k) retirement plans.

Bowhead Transport will provide On-the-Job Equipment Training to qualified AB/OS candidate. A cover letter must be included if you require training in replacement to equipment experience. Cover letter should include; relatable experience, skills and personal qualities you bring to the table.

Job Summary

The position is located aboard the 150� Landing Craft, M/V Unalaq operating in South East Alaska, South Central Alaska, the Aleutians, Western Alaska and the North Slope. The position requires a rotational 60 / 60 work schedule.� The Operator is responsible for loading and offloading cargo in ports and on beaches or natural landings, running a masted Volvo 220 loader (Or similar loader) and the operation of a Hitachi 110 excavator, (Or similar / larger).� This position will also require a number of daily tasks associated with the maintenance and upkeep of all equipment on board Unalaq as directed by the Captain, Mate or Chief Engineer.

Essential Functions

� Routinely perform safety observations, rounds, and inspections.

� Maintain equipment in good/clean working order.

� Adhere to all USCG, and UIC HSE policies and procedures at all times.

� Maintain communication with PIC to assess current and future job requirements.

� Stand Watches.

� Secure cargo.

� Handle / stage / stow equipment, beach support equipment, cargo handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear.

� Performs a variety of duties concerning the upkeep and general maintenance of the deck department.

� Tasks as assigned by Captain.

Watch Duty

� Performs a variety of duties, including but not limited to looking for obstructions in path of vessel, steering vessel, serving on security patrol, and standing gangway watch.

Small Boat Operations

� Launches and recovers support boat.

� Operates smaller skiffs and work boats as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

� Ability to operate heavy equipment - loader, excavators, skid steers, rock trucks, telehandler, etc.

� Competent in small boat operations.

� Knowledge to rig and operate hydrographic and other specialty winches.

� Possess the knowledge, abilities, and skills to communicate effectively.

� Sound knowledge of marine operations.

� Able to complete an annual Merchant Mariners physical exam and perform physically demanding shipboard duties.

� Strong interpersonal/team skills�.


Required Certifications, Licenses, Registrations

� USCG Able Body Seaman Limited, Or a USCG Ordinary Seaman

� STCW-95 endorsements in Basic Safety Training and Life boatman

� U.S. Citizenship

� Valid U.S. Passport - minimum six (6) months prior to renewal

� Valid TWIC - minimum six (6) months prior to renewal

� Valid Drivers� License - minimum six (6) months prior to renewal

Position Requirements:

� Employee must be able to work a 12 hour work day and occasionally be available to work beyond 12 hours according to USCG regulation for mariners and the direction of the Captain or Mate.

� Employee must be able to write in English, read in English, calculate, have estimation skills, possess good verbal presentation and be able to communicate using the radio, speaker, or electronic communication by using the English language.

� Repetitive and prolonged postures involving standing, sitting, twisting, squatting, kneeling, stooping and reaching to full range from above the head to the deck.

� Employee must have the ability to move extremities and spine through full physiological range of motion that will permit the employee to work in a variety of postures involving postures allowing reaching with hands from deck level to overhead level.

� Flexing and twisting of the trunk and other awkward postures are required occasionally when assisting crew while tying up vessels, moving rope or cable and repairing equipment.

� Employee must have good dexterity and frequently use one and two hands throughout the work period for grasping and fingering while using controls of the vessel, hand tools and performing other activities requiring good dexterity. Employee must always have good balance and coordination in order to safely walk over catwalks, enter/ exit hatches, and over uneven and/or slippery surfaces.

� Must be able to climb ladders and stairwells.

� Employee must be able to step with a step length of 2-ft. in the horizontal direction and 2-ft. in the vertical direction.

� Different docks have various combinations of barge drafts and river stages which make it necessary to step across, up, down, or over an obstacle in order to gain access to the dock from the barge or from the barge to the boat or from the boat to the dock.

� Must also be able to safely walk and carry tools and line while crossing pipes, ledges, sills, catwalks and/or climbing ladders and push knees.

� Employee must have sufficient cardiorespiratory fitness to occasionally perform medium-heavy physical labor involving the ability to sit and/or stand for 6 hour shifts, walk for prolonged periods, handle (lift, carry, push and pull) various materials and tools, climb ladders, stairwells, and push knees while working in inclement weather with temperatures that may vary from extreme cold to extreme heat.

� Must be able to work in cold/hot weather while wearing required PPE (e.g., life preserver, respirators, goggles, etc.).

� Must be able to lift at least 65 lbs. from floor to knuckles level on a daily basis.

� Must be able to lift at least 65 lbs. from floor to waist level on a daily basis.

� Must be able to lift at least 30 lbs. from floor to shoulder level on a daily basis. Must be able to lift at least 10 lbs. from floor to crown level on a daily basis.

� Must be able to lift and carry at least 30 lbs. with two hands at waist level for a minimum distance of 30 feet on a level surface.

Environmental Conditions:

� Cramped, confined spaces

� May work in fog, dark, and other visibility limiting conditions

� May be exposed to fuels, solvents, cleaners, dust, fumes, smoke, and gases.

� Will work on vessels in adverse weather conditions.

� Occasionally loud engine, blowers, and exhaust noise.

� Irregular working hours.

� Vibrations from vessel engines

� Arctic marine environment including low temperatures, high wind, icing, plenty of moisture and wave action.

� Frequent hazards include hypothermia, pinch points, sprains, strains, slips, falls, concussive impacts, and lifting injuries.

� Hazard awareness and corrective action is a constant function of the job due to the extreme work environment.



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