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Mechanical Assistant
Posted date [2023-Jan-18] (ID: 2857)

Pelee Island Transportation Company operates the Pelee Islander and Pelee Islander II ferries between Pelee Island and the Mainland from April to December. Licensed employees work seasonally from March to mid-December each year although this position will commence in February 2023 to support vessel dry docking.

We seek to fill two Mechanical Assistant positions working a 7 day on/off rotation. The company provides meals and accommodation is available on the vessel during your work rotation. Duties include maintaining a clear and safe work environment, assisting the Chief Engineer with transfer of fuel, pumping liquids, painting and cleaning engine room areas and machinery, following safety policies and procedures, carrying out emergency duties and participating in drills, and receiving and storing ship stores.


We offer a comprehensive pay and benefits package including:

  • Hourly wage paid during the season ($21.61 or $26.80 depending on experience and qualifications)
  • Work hours that support a healthy home/work/life balance
  • Participation in a company RRSP
  • Health, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability insurance, Employee Assistance Program


Qua lifications, Experience and Abilities

  • Aptitude for manual work, interest in systems operations and technologies and interest in working on board a ship at sea.
  • General knowledge, understanding and experience in operating, maintaining and repairing engines, propulsion systems and ship apparatus.
  • Marine Emergency Duties certification and Engine Room Rating certification is not required as we will provide you with that training; applicants with these certifications will be paid at the higher hourly rate.
  • Valid Transport Canada Marine Medical Certificate (the company will assist you in accessing this certificate).
  • Valid Canadian passport; Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status.
  • Ability to perform high physical demands including:
  • Regular need to climb stairs
  • Lifting up to 50lbs
  • Ability to stand for 2 hours at a time
  • Ability to climb up to 12ft ladders       
  • Ability to read, write, understand and speak English.
  • Proficient with Microsoft applications; experience with Helm or ABS ship management system is an asset
  • Preferred applicants possess initiative, are analytical problem solvers, have a team-oriented work style and a track record for safety at work

Safety Sensitive Environment

  • Zero tolerance for drugs or alcohol
  • Personal Protective Equipment (boots, pants, eye and ear protective wear)


We are committed to the principle of fair representation of individuals from the four designated groups as defined by the Employment Equity Act. We encourage qualified women, indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities to apply for our positions.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter in confidence to Brooklyn Hewton at: careers(at)

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and suitable candidates will be contacted at that time.


Job Title Mechanical Assistant
Job Details
Posted By Owen Sound Transportation Copmany
Start Date February 27, 2023
Salary 21.61 or 26.80
Location Leamington, ON
Deadline for Application 2023-Feb-13
Contact Phone #
Contact Email careers(at)
Categories and Description
Ship's Main Trading Area Ship's Main Trading Area -> Great Lakes / St-Lawrence River
Term Term -> Seasonal
Position / Rank Position -> Mechanic's Assistant