Engineering Manager (Cranes) (Port Facility)

Job Description


 Crane Engineering Manager

  The Crane Manager will provide leadership and supervision for the staff handling technical repairs for the Crane Maintenance Section.


Essential Duties:

  • Ensures that the maintenance and repair of cranes are done in a timely and cost effective manner, with consideration given to quality and longer duration of equipment;   
  • Supervising the maintenance and repair of all of the quay cranes and its supporting equipment and parts (electrical, electronic and mechanical);
  • Ensure that the equipment is maintained in a safe and reliable working condition, in accordance with planned preventive maintenance program and to identify and rectify repetitive problems;
  • Monitors warranties and ensure claims under warranty are filed;
  • Ensure that breakdowns are corrected promptly and to make sure that follow-up work is undertaken;
  • Ensures that repair work does not adversely affect the services to the customer;
  • Liaise with planning for the scheduling of maintenance program and to provide feedback with a goal to continual improvement;
  • Recommend and develop equipment overall and improvement modification;
  • Orders spare parts for the department, and assists Procurement in location and pricing of spare parts;
  • Supervising subcontractors work on-site and any major projects or repairs;
  • Prepares estimating for damages/repairs and make a report and submit;
  • Provides supervision and direction for the crane maintenance staff including the following;
  • Offers direction and instruction to subordinate staff, providing regular feedback; 
  • Organizes daily work schedule;
  • Ensures safety procedures are followed and safety gear is used appropriately;
  • Counsels subordinates, up to and including discipline or termination recommendations;
  • Ensures that technical knowledge of staff is updated as needed;
  • Follows labor contract requirements with respect to union personnel;
  • Follows company management policies and procedures in the application of managing subordinates;
  • Manages department budget within guidelines and annual goals;
  • Provides complete and accurate reports to management, as needed;
  • Assists Engineering Director with special projects.
  • Other duties as assigned.



Supervisory Responsibility            

  • ILW Labor positions: Maintenance Foreman, Crane Mechanics, Crane Technicians; skills vary, but include mechanical, electrical, structural, and welding. 
  • Crane Superintendent
  • Outside contractor




General Standards and Expectations

As a manager or professional staff member in the Ports America organization, you are required to meet a number of common standards of behavior, accountabilities and outcomes. These include but are not limited to;

  • Ensuring your personal behavior is consistent with company values and the company code of conduct at all times
  • Comprehensively familiarizing yourself with, staying up to date with and ensuring compliance with all Ports America policies.

Manage safety and risk

  • Managing safety and effectively implementing the Ports America Safety and Environment System within areas under your control.
  • Ensuring all employees who report to you work safely.
  • Acting on hazards when they are reported, ensuring safety is integrated into planning and performance management processes, carrying out inspections and audits and implementing audit action plans.
  • Reinforcing correct safety behaviors, reporting all hazards and incidents and completing assigned actions.
  • Identifying and managing risk within your area of responsibility and ensuring Ports America’ interests are protected at all times.

****If you are interested and believe you are a good candidate for this position, Please Call Dallas Auch at 913-302-5087.  I am looking to fill this position Immediately.

Job Requirements


  • 4 year college degree or technical degree strongly preferred.
  • 7-10 years experience in the maintenance of electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic systems.
  • Solid management/team-building skills, preferably in a union environment.
  • Strong knowledge of budgets and cost controls.
  • Solid knowledge of applicable federal, state, and company safety regulations.
  • Knowledge of general engineering principles covering mechanical, electrical, and structural engineering;
  • Requires overall general knowledge of terminal operations, especially the coordination of cranes with vessel activity;
  • Must be able to interpret engineering drawings, layouts, and specifications;
  • Must have a working knowledge of supervisory and leadership principles, with the ability to influence other team members in a positive way and lead a department of trades workers;
  • Must be familiar with OSHA, National Electrical Code and all other regulations, such as welding and electrical standards, that are required, both locally and at the state and federal level;
  • Requires a high level of planning and organizational skills, with high attention to detail;
  • Requires excellent problem-solving skills, especially technical problems of a highly complex nature;
  • Requires ability to use computerized software system(s), specifically those designed for maintenance and repair of equipment
  • Requires good verbal and written communications skills in English; 
  • Good interpersonal skills and a strong internal customer focus;
  • Exceptional time management, due to fast-moving, demanding work environment.


Company Overview

Sovereign Staffing Group (SSG) began out of the desire to contribute to the community by helping people find employment opportunities in a very difficult market. Sovereign Staffing Group saw the need for a personnel agency that fills a void left by other temporary and permanent placement agencies. Sovereign Staffing Group matches specifically skilled workers with clients, saving businesses time and money, while providing for its employees with honesty and honor. This requires a high level of communication. It means asking open-ended questions and listening, not talking. This means knowing the local market so SSG can really serve each client and employee, not just "sell" them our goods. SSG is quality service.

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