This position serves as an Apprentice Marine Inspector under training to become a qualified Journeyman Marine Inspector in the commercial vessel safety program and lead for enforcement of marine safety, vessel inspection, pollution prevention, and vessel manning regulations. This position will enforce compliance with treaties and international convention for U.S flag and foreign vessels that operate in U.S. waters.
The Civilian Apprentice Marine Inspector's (CAMI's) responsibilities are to become trained and qualified in a minimum of four marine inspection program competencies to meet the requirements of a Journeyman Marine Inspector and be moved into a Journeyman level position to serve as a civilian resident to a Sector or Marine Safety Unit's Prevention Department. This allows the Civilian Apprentice to expand their base knowledge and receive practical experience before qualifying as a Journeyman Marine Inspector and become a source for continuity of vessel inspection policies, technical issues, special program support activity and a primary inspection representative with the maritime industry as lead for the Officer-in-Charge, Marine Inspection.
The positions will be filled at the GS-7 grade level with developmental opportunity to ensure continued professional career growth of personnel to the journeyman marine inspector qualification level. This will build the core foundation of subject matter experts and technicians for vessel inspections required for an effective Coast Guard management of the U.S. Commercial Vessel Safety Program. A CAMI must learn the basics of the Coast Guard's authorities for the Commercial Vessel Safety Program, its regulatory requirements, as well as international treaties and standards adopted by the U.S. and enforced on foreign vessels as well as its own flag, operating in U.S. waters. For all U.S. certificated vessels and support of port state control examinations of foreign vessels operating in the U.S, an individual assigned to this position completes training and becomes qualified to perform the following marine inspection functions:
- Conduct reviews of vessel's plans, safety management systems and operating systems to determine compliance with regulations and applicable standards.
- Determining that vessels being inspected have the proper documents and certificates on board and in effect.
- Capable of inspecting all required navigation, intra-vessel communication, lifesaving, fire fighting, emergency and pollution prevention systems on a vessel to ensure that they are operating properly and in compliance with applicable national and international standards.
- Capable of inspecting a vessel's hull, including the hull envelope, internal structural members, protrusions, fittings, appendages, special tanks, holding areas, special use structure (e.g., chemical tanks, proximity of certain operations to restricted vessel areas), and structural fire protection to ensure that they are in sound condition, that damage or deformity is within acceptable parameters for safe vessel usage, and that all hull systems are in compliance with applicable safety standards.
- Capable of inspecting vessel's machinery, including propulsion equipment, control machinery, auxiliary machinery, special deck, vessel pumping equipment, damage and fire control machinery, electrical and power general systems, piping, transfer and monitoring systems to ensure that they are in safe operating condition and are in compliance with applicable design, installation, and operational standards.
- The CAMI will be assigned on-the-job training after initial resident schools[P1] to become experienced and qualified to conduct foreign vessel examinations under the treaty requirements of the SOLAS or other international conventions, or U.S. unilateral regulations and accords using technical knowledge and inspection procedures common to U.S. vessels and the standards applicable to the type of vessel and/or examination required.
- The CAMI must be able to develop and exhibit the maturity necessary to understand the impact of the decisions made regarding safety compliance inspections and examinations on vessel operations the local industry and commerce by these decisions.
- The CAMI must learn to prepare administrative inspection reports, briefing papers, technical analyses, and option evaluations a well as pass qualification boards for numerous vessel inspection competencies.