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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 653Q
Category: Marine-Ferry & Aircraft


Supervises Marine Engine Technicians and/or directs a crew of inmates in a correctional institution, and performs skilled mechanical and electrical maintenance and repair work on marine vessels.

Distinguishing Characteristics

In the Department of Corrections, positions at this level directing a crew of inmates either are limited to two positions per institution or must direct crews consisting of three or more inmates.  Positions are also required to be available in the event of an emergency or marine incident, such as vessel mechanical breakdown, chemical or oil spill, etc.

Typical Work

Plans, lays out, directs and inspects work of Marine Engine Technicians or a crew of inmates engaged in the maintenance and repair of mechanical and electrical marine vessels; 

Performs skilled mechanical work on marine vessels up to 650 horsepower; 

Establishes and carries out regular marine equipment inspection, service and maintenance schedules; 

Operates, maintains and makes repairs on auxiliary engines, electric motors, pumps, winches and other mechanical and electrical equipment; 

Provides daily fueling and servicing of all boats being used (preventive maintenance); 

Makes regular inspections of engines, electrical wiring and mechanical and electric equipment; 

Does general marine vessel maintenance and repair work such as repairing leaks, finishing interiors and maintaining decks; 

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  standard practices, operation, maintenance, and repair of marine diesel engines of at least 650 horsepower; operation, maintenance, and repair of auxiliary diesel engines, electric motors, electric pumps, electric generators, and winches; safety practices. 

Ability to: supervise marine engine technicians or inmates; estimate materials, time and personnel needed to complete job; use mechanic's tools and equipment; follow oral and written instructions; keep logs; perform heavy work in all kinds of weather.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Six years of experience in the operation, maintenance, and repair of marine propulsion diesel and gas engines, outboard and outdrive engines, including experience with marine electrical systems.  One year of experience must be at the supervisory level. 


Two years of experience as a Marine Engine Technician. 

Equivalent education/experience. 

Class Specification History

New class: 2-14-86
Revised distinguishing characteristics and minimum qualifications: 6-11-9; effective 7-1-99
Revised class code: (formerly 72010) effective July 1, 2007