City and County of San Francisco

Marine Engineer Of Fire Boats (#H110)

$77.45-$77.45 Hourly / $13,425.00-$13,425.00 Monthly / $161,096.00-$161,096.00 Yearly


Under general supervision, maintains the fireboat’s mechanical and electrical systems in condition of general readiness; takes charge of the vessel’s engine room while enroute and during emergency situations; maintains up-to-date logs and other records in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations; ensures that personnel aboard the fire boat adhere to safety standards; and performs other duties as required.

Distinguishing Features

An H110 Marine Engineer of Fireboats is distinguished from H120 Pilot of Fireboats in that the H110 is responsible for mechanical and electrical systems and the engine room of the fire boat, and the H120 is responsible for piloting and navigating the fire boat.

Supervision Exercised

Supervises the engine room crew.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties

According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1. Maintains the fire boat’s mechanical and electrical equipment in condition of general readiness during an assigned shift. 

2. Provides working supervision over engine room crew while docked, on standby, enroute, and during emergency conditions.

3. Plans and supervises the work of subordinate engine room personnel; assists with maintenance of the fire boat; overhauls and repairs the main engines, auxiliaries, pumps, electric motors, and related equipment; maintains engineering spaces in clean and orderly condition.

4. Inspects and maintains the fire boat equipment in operational order.

5. Participates in fire suppression duties as necessary and practicable.

6. Takes effective damage control measures to save personnel and equipment on board in case of casualty or emergency caused by collision, grounding, foundering, explosion, or fire.

7. Participates in cleaning, scaling and painting duties; performs minor repairs and alterations to topside areas, holds, firefighting and deck equipment.

8. Maintains up-to-date engine room log books and other records in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations.

9. Stands regular watches at the fire station and performs general station maintenance duties while docked.

10. Completes all necessary reports, correspondence, and documentation as required in performance of duties [e.g., journal entries, maintenance logs, etc.].

11. Ensures all personnel aboard the fire boat adhere to safety standards.

12. Instructs crew members in proper fire boat maintenance and operations procedures, and in routine and emergency duties.

13. Conducts authorized and scheduled citizen fire boat tours.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:  theory and operation of marine diesel engines used in fireboats; installed auxiliary equipment such as piping, pumps, and compressors; installed fire equipment and basic laws of hydraulics and mechanics involved in the operation of the equipment; fuels and lubricants; operation and maintenance of marine electrical motors, generators, control systems, and other components; safety procedures in hazardous conditions; seamanship; nautical terms; maintenance requirements of fire boats and related equipment; Fire Department communications system related to fire boat operations; objectives, principles, and practices of waterfront pre-fire planning; Fire Department organizational functions, rules, regulations, and procedures; and principles of supervision and training.

Ability to:  plan, supervise, and participate in major or minor repair and maintenance overhaul of machinery, systems, and equipment; supervise and train engine room personnel; establish and maintain effective relationships with employees and the general public; effectively perform required physical aspects of the job; properly and effectively use Fire Department equipment; think quickly and use good judgment in making decisions under stressful circumstances; communicate effectively both orally and in writing to Department members, members of the public, and representatives of other agencies; complete and maintain necessary records, reports, correspondence, and documentation as required.

Experience and Training

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification. Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

1. High school diploma or an equivalency certificate (e.g., G.E.D., California High School Proficiency Certificate).

2. One year of experience [2080 hours] in the last two years as marine engineer on a diesel powered vessel.

License or Certificate

1. Possession of a current valid Designated Duty Engineer (DDE) license issued by the United States Coast Guard for a diesel powered vessel of at least 2000 shaft horse power.

2. Pass federally mandated random drug screening.




Established:  10/11/2007

Amended: 10/23/2007; 12/05/2013

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

CLASS: H110; EST: 10/11/2007; REV: 12/5/2013;