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Trident Seafoods was founded over 40 years ago and we are proud to have grown to be the largest vertically integrated seafood company in North America. We are a family-owned company with over 9,000 employees worldwide. Trident Seafoods is based out of Seattle, but has processing plants across the United States, Europe, Japan, and China. The real heartbeat of Trident Seafoods, however, is its access to the natural resources in the remote coastal communities of Alaska. We have a unique heritage, talented employees and a company culture founded on the “can do” spirit. Trident believes that our employees are the most foremost reason for our success, allowing us to be the leader in the Seafood industry.



The Port Engineer manages the repair and maintenance functions for the operating of vessels to ensure strict adherence to all federal and state legal requirements, and to minimize loss of revenue and cost of repairs.

This position is based out of Trident’s facilities in Tacoma, WA.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates with multiple departments to ensure all engineering operations are carried out safely and in conformance with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Ensures proper monitoring of vessel maintenance and repair status, identification of deficiencies, and reporting as required.
  • Manages budgets and schedules, contractor selection, quality assurance and contract management for all vessel repair projects.
  • Interfaces with regulatory agencies, design groups and shipyards.
  • Prepares recommendations for work, and initiates procurement of materials.
  • Reviews repair requests and work lists from fishing vessels with the Operations Manager and prepares a budget, plan and scope of work to be accomplished.
  • Inspects machinery, equipment, or spaces outlined in work requests,  prepares job specifications for vessel dry-docking, major machinery overhauls and modifications or upgrades to ship operations, and obtains bids from contractors or shipyards to perform repairs.
  • Maintains contact with contractors to ensure completion of quality work at minimum cost.
  • Investigates machinery casualties to determine cause and advises ship's officers in methods of operation to prevent recurrence of casualty or malfunction.
  • Maintains records of engineering costs for each vessel such as repairs, supplies, and personnel.
  • Cooperates with regulatory bodies to ensure that requirements for alterations, repairs, or modifications are kept.
  • Partners with Operations Manager to ensures that location-specific safety lists are maintained and completed.  Works closely with Operations Manager to determine scope, budget, timelines and the volume of work that can be done.
  • May involve travel to multiple locations and extended stays out of home location.  Long hours, short notice travel, weekend duties and 24-hour on call status.

Additional Responsibilities: 

  • Performs other similar or related duties as requested or assigned.
  • Acquires knowledge of Trident’s Environmental and Safety Policies by completing required training programs and performing designated work activities in accordance with training and procedures/work instructions 
  • Notifies designated personnel of any environmental or safety incidents or risks not previously documented, in accordance with Environmental Awareness and/or safety trainings

Minimum Requirements


Education / Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in maritime or marine engineering field preferred
  • 5+years’ relevant marine engineering experience and/or sailing experience in the maritime industry preferred

Skills / Qualifications:

  • Maintains a current 24-Hour HAZWOPER certificate preferred
  • Maintains Shipyard Competent Person certificate preferred
  • Knowledge and proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • May involve travel to multiple locations and extended stays out of home location.  Long hours, short notice travel, weekend duties and 24-hour on call status.
  • Demonstrated project management experience preferred
  • Technical knowledge of vessels and related equipment
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. 
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, and customers.

Trident Seafoods is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age and genetic information.

Trident Seafoods has adopted a zero-tolerance and drug-free workplace policy. Pre-employment drug examinations are required for all employees.

Any employment offer from Trident Seafoods is contingent upon the candidate maintaining valid immigration status and work authorization throughout employment, without any need for immigration sponsorship by the company.