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HVAC/R Engineer (Volunteer)

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Job Description

HVAC Refrigeration Engineer [volunteer]
(Marine Engineer Liscense desired)

Mercy Ships is a 502(3)c organization operating TWO hospital ships, providing free life-saving and life-changing surgeries to the poorest nations as designated by the World Health Organization (WHO). We are supported by donors, sponsors, and our volunteer crew. Currently, we have a ship in the Canary Islands and we need multiple Volunteer HVAC/Refrigeration Engineers. Our plan is to complete the upgrades and maintenance to return to service in Senegal in the springtime. ALL CREW IS VOLUNTEER, donating their skills and time. The second ship is in the final construction and fit-out stage, deliver Spring 2021 for service in Liberia.

Keeping the lights on & keeping the ship ticking,
we are very thankful for our Engineering department,
especially when it comes to keeping the air conditioning running!

REPORTS TO: Marine Engineering Department

About the role:
The HVAC Refrigeration Engineer assists in the maintenance of all refrigeration and air conditioning equipment onboard. Our on board refrigerated food stores need monitoring, and our air conditioning systems regular cleaning and maintenance, and troubleshooting when not working as they should.

What you’ll contribute:
• Maintain ship’s main refrigeration plant and all other refrigeration machinery onboard (including condenser and strainer cleaning)
• Maintain main air conditioning chiller units and hospital air conditioning plant
• Ensure adequate supply of refrigerant gas, refrigerant lubricating oil, and spare parts onboard
• Maintain air handlers, including the cleaning of air handlers filters in the vent stations
• Maintain chilled water, condenser circulation, and sea water air conditioning pumps
• Stand watch in the machinery spaces if required

For this role, you’ll need:
• Appropriate training and experience in refrigeration and air conditioning systems preferred
• Certificate of Competency in accordance with STCW A-III/1 is preferred but not essential
• Has successfully completed Basic Safety Training in accordance with STCW A-VI/1-1 to 1-4 (training may be provided)
• Has successfully completed Crowd Management Training in accordance with STCW A-V/2-1 (training may be provided)
• Ability to effectively understand and communicate in clear English

How to Apply

Please visit You must complete the creation of your personal "account" then follow instructions on how to apply to the position. In the application, you can add more job titles you wish to be considered for, such as the HVAC Technician, Hotel Technician(Plumber). Have questions? Send us an email! Our technical recruiter would love to answer any questions you may have. You can reach us at or our maritime recruiter for direct guidance on the role

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