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NANA Machinery Maintenance Mechanic in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Machinery Maintenance Mechanic


Aperture Federal, an Akima Company, supports the Intelligence and DoD communities with tools, domain knowledge, analyst teams and essential mission staffing services. We continually seek people with the skills, experience and passion to successfully leverage the complete intelligence lifecycle across America’s most critical initiatives. As an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC), 100% of our company’s profits go back to our more than 14,000 Iñupiat shareholders that have resided near and above the Arctic Circle for more than 10,000 years. Our business helps support their way of life and contributes to the survival of a culture that has thrived in a challenging environment.

Job Summary:

The mission of the Ecosystems Mission Area of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is to provide scientific understanding and technologies needed to support sound management and conservation of our Nation’s natural resources. Fulfilling this mission depends on effectively balancing the immediate need for information to guide management of resources with the need for technical assistance and long-range, strategic information to understand and predict emerging patterns and trends in ecological systems. The Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) has five large research vessels throughout the Great Lakes Basin dedicated to research on fish community population dynamics, trophic interactions and ecosystem modeling, climate change, contaminants in fish, and application of advanced technologies.


The contractors’ duty station is the GLSC vessel base in Cheboygan, Michigan and occasionally the GLSC Lake Superior Biological Station (LSBS). Contractor serves as Machinery Maintenance Mechanic (MMM) aboard large vessels (between 100 and 299 gross registered tons) operated in support of fishery research on Lakes Michigan and Huron, and occasionally Lake Superior.


Large Research Vessel General Operations and Maintenance

The contractor operates, services, repairs, overhauls (as required) all engine room and deck machinery and equipment, including propulsion engines, electrical power plant, pumps, heating system, ballast system, trawl and hydrographic (BT) winches, net reel, gill net lifter, 6000 lb. capacity articulated crane, and anchor windlass. Serves as Tankerman (PIC) during all fueling operations and maintains the vessel in compliance to USCG OPA’90 regulations. Maintains standard maintenance and operating records for all engines and other operating machinery and equipment, and advises vessel Captain as to their maintenance, repair, and/or overhaul requirements. The contractor maintains an inventory of spare parts and supplies as required to keep vessel machinery serviceable during research fishing operations. The contractor assists in the rigging and repair of fishing gear and other sampling equipment. At sea, contractor assists the vessel Captain and other crew members as necessary in meeting cruise objectives, including but not limited to fisheries and other aquatic system sampling.

Large Research Vessel Safety

The contractor inspects and maintains the vessel’s firefighting equipment (including engine room fixed CO2 system, main fire pump hose stations and portable extinguishers) and other safety equipment including inflatable life rafts. Monitors safety equipment and machinery, diagnoses problems, and makes arrangements for needed repairs (e.g., repairing, disassembling, refurbishing, etc.). The contractor participates in all vessel and vessel base safety inspections, safety meetings, emergency drills, damage control and shall become familiar with the USGS Safety Management System (SMS), and Emergency Station Bill and duties.

Large Research Vessel Dockside Operations and Maintenance

During extended periods of vessel inactivity (i.e., particularly at the end of the operating year), the contractor services, repairs, and otherwise maintains vessels’ engines, engine room, and deck machinery as required; mends and fabricates bottom trawls, mid-water trawls, graded mesh multifilament gill nets and associated fishing equipment; and, assists in general maintenance and upkeep of vessel base. The contractor is expected to operate light industrial power tools in the station’s repair shop in support of facilities maintenance.


Physical Demands/Travel:

  • While the contractor is responsible for the machinery spaces while underway the majority of time is spent on open deck doing fisheries sampling. Work on a rolling deck with frequent boarding waves, requiring strength and agility shall be required. Conditions range from cold and wet with ice and snow to extremely hot and humid. Work is required during both day and night, and requires stamina, agility, and the ability to lift heavy objects or material at times. Occasionally handle and/or carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds. Carry objects over watertight door combings and up or down stair passageways.

  • Overnight travel shall be required.

  • Individuals who perform crewmember duties on board USGS large research vessels are required to meet certain medical and physical qualifications prior to on-boarding, including but not limited to: (1) Individuals must qualify under initial medical examination by a Board Certified Physician using “USGS Large Vessel Crewmember Medical Form 9-3129”. (2) Proof of enrollment in a Random Drug Testing Program or Consortium. (3) Adhere to the Alcohol Policy delineated at 33 CFR 95.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ability to operate, service and repair vital ship systems, marine deck machinery, marine electronics, and marine scientific sampling gears without more than normal supervision.

  • 3 years experience

  • Experience diagnosing and repairing various marine vessel equipment, such as diesel engines, generators, and hydraulic systems.

  • Ability to manage ships engine room, keep accurate repair and maintenance logs.

  • Experience leading or participating in maritime emergency response, firefighting, and man-over-board operations.

  • Ability to train personnel on safe vessel operations.

  • Experience repairing fishing gear including trawls, gill nets, hydraulic winches, net reels, and gill net lifters.

  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting with vessel staff and scientific staff.

The duties and responsibilities listed in this job description generally cover the nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. This is not intended to be a complete list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Subject to the terms of an applicable collective bargaining agreement, the company management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as may be necessary. We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for the position; however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment, without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender or gender-identity, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, pregnancy or parental status, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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Job: Fishing, Forestry & Farming

Primary Location: US-MI-Ann Arbor

Shift: Day Job

Req ID: APE00143