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O'Hara Corporation

For over 100 years the O'Hara Corporation has operated fishing vessels across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Starting in Massachusetts, Francis J. O'Hara began building his sailing feet in 1903; after four generations, the process continues. Our fishing vessels can set seine net off the Coast of Maine for herring, participate in the scallop fishery out of New Bedford, Massachusetts and catch, process, and freeze flatfish, cod, and pollock in Alaska.

The heart of O’Hara Corporation surrounds the catcher processor vessels out of Seattle, Washington. Learn more about us by exploring our employment, products, and fleet pages.

Contact Us

Toll-free: 800-721-7238
Phone: 207-594-4444

Alaska Fishing Jobs & Employment


Assistant Engineer Jobs

Engine room experience on a catcher processor vessel required.

Job Summary

  • Work under the direction, guidance, and training of the chief engineer.
  • Assist in operation, maintenance, and repair of the vessel’s operating systems: diesel engines, generators, refrigeration, electrical and hydraulic equipment, water making and sanitary equipment, deck machinery and fish hauling equipment, factory equipment, pumps, cooling, and conveyor systems.
  • Perform work assignments under the direction of the chief engineer.
  • Assist in transfer bulk petroleum products.
  • Maintain an inventory control system.
  • Under oversight of the chief engineer, prepare department records and reports as required by the company, USCG, OSHA and other agencies.
  • Oversee a safety program.
  • Ensure all engineering crew are trained and fully cognizant of the job hazards.
  • Ensure LOCK OUT-TAGS PLUS procedures are communicated, followed, and enforced.
  • Resolve technical problems as they occur.
  • Give specific directions in the case of an emergency.
  • Work up to eight (8) hours of each shift in the factory assisting in fish processing operations, as directed by the Factory Foreman.

Have Ready for the Application:

Names & phone numbers of previous supervisors
List a minimum of three years of work experience
Explanation of any gaps in employment
Summary of previous job duties

Work Schedule

Assistant engineers work at least 16 hours per day, 7 days per week. Work hours may be extended as necessary which may result in uneven shifts and sleep patterns.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, assistant engineers are regularly exposed to moving machinery, high noise levels, vibration, and risk of electrical shock. Assistant engineers may also be exposed to high, precarious places and wet, humid, and freezing conditions, outdoor weather conditions, trawl gear and various species of fish. Assistant engineers work onboard a vessel in the ocean which by nature produces varying degrees of motion onboard.

Materials, Tools, Equipment and Work Aids

Engines, generators, hydraulics, pumps, refrigeration equipment, water making equipment, electrical, steering and cooling equipment, various power and hand tools, welding equipment, two-way radios.

Protective Clothing and Equipment

Storm weather clothing, gloves, hardhat, safety goggles and noise suppression devices. Also used as required: SCBA, fire extinguishing gear, life preserver, survival suit, skiff, life rafts, mustang suit/jacket, rain gear, rubber boots.

Education, Experience

Engine room on a catcher processor and fish processor experience required.

O’Hara Corporation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Assistant Engineers Must Be Able To:

  • Stand and walk during their 16-hour shift, 7 days per week for the duration of the contract.
  • Work long hours in wet, humid, and freezing conditions.
  • Lift weights of 50 to 75 pounds
  • Use fingers, hand, and arms to push, pull and reach; bend and twist; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
  • Give and follow instructions, speak, hear, and understand English.
  • Don life jacket, life vest and/or survival suit without assistance.
  • Board and exit the vessel by gangplank or Jacob’s ladder without assistance.
  • Board or exit a skiff without assistance in all weather conditions.
  • Ascend and descend steep stairways and ladders in all temperatures.
  • Live and work with others in close quarters.
  • Share crew quarters, bathroom facilities, and common dining areas with other crew members.
  • Be away from medical care and supervision for 3+ months at a time.
  • Pass pre-employment and random drug tests per USCG regulations.

O’Hara is looking for people who are dependable, coachable, motivated, diligent, and hard working to join our fishing vessels in Alaska.

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