Careers

Our employees are integral to our mission to help businesses succeed. It takes a team of unified people working together to make our facilities attractive to shippers, carriers and other businesses. Our customer-focused attitude is clearly evident through our people. We invite you to learn more about a career with North Carolina’s Ports.

Download and fill out the North Carolina State Employment Application for all open positions.

Current Opportunities

Crane Electrician— Port of Wilmington

JOB NUMBER: NCP65017400

HIRING RANGE: $52,000 – $54,080

GRADE: 18

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

Perform duties to ensure the safe and productive life of electrical drive systems, electronic controls, electro-hydraulic systems, and attachments installed on heavy lift equipment including, but not limited to: Gantry, Container, and Mobile cranes. Perform scheduled preventive maintenance and methodical troubleshooting in a manner in which minimizes downtime. Construct, maintain, and test associated system components and controls.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

  • Rely on experience and judgment to plan, execute, and accomplish assigned tasks with a wide degree of latitude.
  • Maintain and repair 500-volt AC/DC systems, AC/DC conversion drives, electrical schematics / blueprints, and diesel electric power plants.
  • Analyze crane electrical drive malfunctions and diagnose the cause or causes therein.
  • Perform and update preventive maintenance logs and interface with supervision for scheduling.
  • Service and repair the following: crane lighting, shore power systems, DC electrical drives and associated motor / generator units, motor controls, electronic weighing systems, wind monitoring systems, electric braking, and electro-hydraulic systems.
  • Utilize various testing / troubleshooting equipment including, but not limited to: Volt/Ohm meter, megomhmeter, amp meter, infrared temperature sensing, and oscilloscope.
  • Operate shop equipment such as power tools, drill press, forklifts, man lifts, etc.
  • Maintain an electronic library for easy reference to crane electrical schematics and electrical resources, and ensure that accurate and legible prints are readily accessible aboard each crane.
  • Maintain a troubleshooting log that defines electrical problems and the necessary steps and materials required for immediate correction.
  • Conduct live power checks on 500-volt circuits.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: 

  • Associates Degree in Electrical/Electronic Technology or related field, plus four years of electrical experience working with PLC language, 500-Volt AC/DC static converter drives, and motor generator sets; or equivalent education and experience is required.
  • Must be able to perform basic computer functions and be able to communicate effectively in written and verbal forms.
  • Ongoing training to stay current on the latest technologies will be required.
  • Conditions include: working in maintenance shop, busy cargo traffic areas, and at heights up to 200 feet, with frequent exposure to dirt, dust, grease, oil, and adverse weather conditions.
  • Ability to safely access all areas and parts of large heavy equipment by means of vertical long run ladders, confined spaces, and waterside structures.
  • Must be able to effectively use all PPE equipment and lift up to 50lbs.
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time, bending consistently, and working in awkward body positions is required.
  • Must pass a post-offer pre-employment physical examination.
  • Overtime, holidays, and weekend work will be required.
  • Must have a valid driver license and meet TWIC security requirements.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please apply by submitting a resume and state application (PD-107) to jobs@ncports.com or via fax to (910) 343-6471.

All applications must reference the above job number to be considered for this position.

FINAL DATE TO APPLY: Open Until Filled


Project Manager — Port of Wilmington

JOB NUMBER: NCP65015300

HIRING RANGE: $61,428-$76,355

GRADE: 38

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

Provide professional engineering and construction project management services for the construction, repair, maintenance, planning, design, and/or procurement of facilities and equipment for the waterfront and landside terminals operated by the NCSPA. Such facilities include warehouses and buildings, roads, wharfs and docks, cargo handling equipment, railroads and bridges, drainage, utilities, parking areas, and any other facilities requiring engineering services.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

  • Coordinate construction related activities with designers and contractors, any outside consultants involved, the State Construction Office, the NCDOT, internal and external customers, and any other organization with a valid interest in ongoing construction projects.
  • Administer design and construction contracts and manage designers and contractors.
  • Assist in preparing contracts for the design and construction of new or modified facilities.
  • Assist in project development scoping with designers.
  • Assure that designers adhere to Owner’s requirements and contractors adhere to designer’s project schedules and contract documents.
  • Inspect work being performed under construction contracts and negotiate construction change orders.
  • Supervise the work of Construction Inspectors.
  • Assist and provide guidance to other engineering technicians assigned to projects under construction.
  • Arrange for independent testing and inspection of materials, if necessary.
  • Assist the Director of Engineering and Maintenance in the selection of project designers, consultants, and contractors.
  • Participate in the design of projects by the NCSPA Engineering Department.  This work includes the preparation of cost estimates, plans, and specifications for the construction of new or modified facilities.
  • Maintain general knowledge of State statutes and procedures governing building and port construction.
  • All other duties as assigned by management.

 

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Construction Management from an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited college or university, plus five years of relevant construction/project management experience or equivalent education and experience required.
  • Licensure as a Professional Engineer in the State of North Carolina or ability to be licensed within 12 months from the date of hire is a plus.
  • Experience with marine terminals and/or commercial ports preferred. Design experience is a plus.
  • Must be able to manage several concurrent projects and follow project through to completion with due regard to project schedules and budgets.
  • Must be proficient in the use of business software, such as: word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, project management, and database applications.  Experience with computer-aided design software a plus.
  • Must have communication and interactive skills suitable for both office and construction site environments.
  • Strong communication skills, good technical writing, and excellent math skills are required.
  • Must have a valid driver license and meet TWIC security requirements.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please apply by submitting a resume and state application (PD-107) to jobs@ncports.com or via fax to (910) 343-6471.

All applications must reference the above job number to be considered for this position.

FINAL DATE TO APPLY: Open Until Filled


Crane Electrical Supervisor — Port of Wilmington

JOB NUMBER: NCP65015317

HIRING RANGE: TBD

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

Under general supervision, plan, assign, supervise, and coordinate the electrical maintenance and repair of crane equipment.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

  • Assign, coordinate, and direct crane electrical maintenance team employees in the performance of their job duties. Assign personnel according to job requirements and each individual’s skills and abilities.
  • Ensure that safety is the top priority.
  • Prioritize all electrical maintenance work to best meet the needs of Port operations.
  • Provide leadership to guide and motivate the department to successfully achieve objectives.  Create a positive work environment.
  • Initiate improvements and optimize cost efficiencies.
  • Reduce corrective maintenance occurrences by enhancing and developing preventative and predictive maintenance programs.
  • Instruct and train departmental employees on the performance of current and new responsibilities, and assist in the expansion of their technical skills.
  • Obtain parts and materials needed for repair and maintenance projects, working closely with our procurement department.
  • Ensure the highest level of customer service is provided to all customers.  Coordinate and communicate with customers to best manage available resources and maintain excellent working relationships.
  • Manage all Crane Electrical Maintenance operations, create corrective and preventative maintenance work orders, input information, and generate reports using the computerized maintenance management system.
  • Cooperate closely with other maintenance and operations supervisors and managers to maintain effective communications and advance the mission of the NCSPA.
  • Perform technical fieldwork as needed.
  • All other duties as assigned by management.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: 

  • Associates Degree in Electrical/Electronics Technology or related field, plus four years of electrical experience working with PLC language, 500-Volt AC/DC static converter drives and motor generator sets or equivalent education and experience required.
  • Preferred experence with medium voltage up to 15kV.
  • Must be proficient in the use of business software, such as: word processing, spreadsheet, and email applications.
  • Excellent customer service, as well as written and communication skills required.
  • Must be detailed oriented and be able to adjust priorities as the situation dictates.
  • Leadership experience in setting priorities in a team environment.
  • Comprehensive knowledge regarding equipment preventative and corrective maintenance required.
  • Conditions include office, maintenance shop, busy cargo traffic areas, working at heights up to 200 feet, and exposed outside environments with frequent exposure to dirt, dust, grease, oil, and hot and cold seasonal weather.
  • Must have a valid drivers license and meet TWIC security requirements.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please apply by submitting a resume and state application (PD-107) to jobs@ncports.com or via fax to (910) 343-6471.

All applications must reference the above job number to be considered for this position.

FINAL DATE TO APPLY: Open Until Filled


Maintenance Mechanic — Port of Wilmington

JOB NUMBER: NCP65015296

HIRING RANGE: $36,163 – $43,657

GRADE: 17

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

Perform duties to maintain, repair, and upgrade equipment, vehicles, and machines used by Port employees; and support Port operations as needed.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

  • Work under the direction of designated supervisor in a cooperative flexible team environment.
  • Encourage and follow safe work practices and safety policies and regulations.
  • Equipment and vehicles to be maintained and operated include but are not limited to: container handlers, lift trucks, automotive and truck vehicles, construction equipment, utility carts, material handling attachments, and all other Port equipment, vehicles, and machinery. Maintenance work is performed inside buildings and outside in the field.
  • Monitor and inspect equipment for proper function and safe operation.
  • Analyze equipment malfunctions and diagnose mechanical failures and problems. Must be able to read electrical and hydraulic schematics.
  • Determine parts, materials, tools, methods, and services needed for project work.
  • Clean and disassemble equipment and components.
  • Conduct scheduled service and perform preventive maintenance.
  • Repair, adjust, rebuild, replace, and upgrade parts and assemblies in all equipment and vehicle systems, including but not limited to the following: mechanical; electrical; hydraulic; pneumatic; diesel, gasoline, and propane engine; electric motors and drives; transmission; final drive; fuel delivery and injection; ignition; suspension, chassis, steering, and tires; operator cab; brakes; exhaust; control; etc.
  • Offer and communicate ideas to improve the service life and level of service of equipment and vehicles, reduce long-term expenses, and maximize utilization of maintenance and capital resources.
  • Operate maintenance and machine shop equipment such as hand and power tools and machinery, equipment lifts, cranes and winches, presses, drills, welding equipment, grinders, tire-changing machine, parts cleaners, steam and pressure cleaners, etc.
  • Perform rigging for equipment component lifting and disassembly/assembly.
  • Perform minimal metal welding and fabrication.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: 

  • High School diploma or equivalent, plus two years experience in equipment and vehicle mechanics, maintenance, and repair required.
  • Basic reading, writing, and math skills required.
  • Must be proficient in the use of business software, such as: word processing, spreadsheet, and email applications.
  • Comprehensive knowledge regarding equipment preventative and corrective maintenance required.
  • Although not required, machinist experience is highly preferred. (efficient use of lathes and milling machines)
  • Welding experience preferred. (i.e.: Stick, MIG & TIG)
  • Skills and experience are required to troubleshoot, disassemble, repair/rebuild/replace, reassemble, and adjust equipment components and systems.
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time, bending consistently, and working in awkward body positions is required.
  • Conditions include working in maintenance shop and busy cargo traffic areas, with frequent exposure to dirt, dust, grease, oil, and adverse weather conditions.
  • Must be able to effectively use all PPE equipment and lift up to 50lbs.
  • Must provide own hand tools, with sockets and wrenches up to one and a quarter inch size.
  • Ongoing training in areas of specialty a must.
  • Overtime, holidays, and weekend work will be required.
  • Must have a valid drivers license and meet TWIC security requirements.
  • Must be comfortable working at heights up to 50 feet on occasions.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please apply by submitting a resume and state application (PD-107) to jobs@ncports.com or via fax to (910) 343-6471.

All applications must reference the above job number to be considered for this position.

FINAL DATE TO APPLY: Open Until Filled


Student Intern — Port of Wilmington (Crane Electrical)

JOB NUMBER: NCP65015314

HIRING RANGE: $12 – $15 / hour (DOE)

SUMMARY OF OPPORTUNITY:

NCSPA is now accepting applications for a Student Intern. The internship will involve support and developmental opportunities in the full spectrum of the Crane Electrical Department. The intern will assist the department in duties to ensure the safe and productive life of electrical drive systems, electronic controls, electro-hydraulic systems, and attachments installed on heavy lift equipment including, but not limited to: Gantry, Container, and Mobile cranes.  Hours and schedule are flexible and will include 15-25 hours per week.

SUMMARY OF BUSINESS:

The Port of Wilmington is strategically located on the U.S. East Coast. Owned and operated by the North Carolina State Ports Authority, the Port of Wilmington offers terminal facilities serving container, bulk, and breakbulk operations.

North Carolina’s Ports of Wilmington and Morehead City, plus inland terminals in Charlotte and in the Piedmont Triad at Greensboro, have the capability and capacity to serve as competitive alternatives to ports in neighboring states. Owned and operated by the Ports Authority, North Carolina’s port system combines modern facilities and abundant capacity with the commitment to excel in service to our customers, without taxpayer subsidy.

NCSPA is focused on the requirements of our customers.  NCSPA Goals include self-sustaining operations, environmental stewardship, a highly efficient workforce, satisfied customers, and modern, well-maintained facilities and equipment. The mission of the North Carolina State Ports Authority is to enhance the economy of the State of North Carolina. The Ports Authority will be managed like a business focused on the requirements of our customers. North Carolina’s Ports will be recognized for our self-sustaining operations, environmental stewardship, highly efficient workforce, satisfied customers, and modern, well-maintained facilities and equipment.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: 

  • Applicant must be a current student pursuing coursework in Electronics Technology (or related field).
  • Conditions include working in a maintenance shop, busy cargo traffic areas, and at heights up to 200 feet, with frequent exposure to dirt, dust, grease, oil, and adverse weather conditions.

HOW TO APPLY:

Students may apply by submitting a resume and state application (PD-107) to jobs@ncports.com.

All applications must reference the above job number to be considered for this position.

FINAL DATE TO APPLY: Open Until Filled


Crane Operator — Port of Wilmington

JOB NUMBER: NCP65015410

HIRING RANGE: $42,000

GRADE: 17

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

Perform crane lifts and handle various cargoes for vessels that call on the Port of Wilmington.  Operate and maintain cranes and support equipment in a productive and safe manner.  Operate container, gantry, and mobile cranes with associated support equipment, e.g. buckets, hoppers, and rigging gear.  Assist with mechanical repairs and preventive maintenance on crane equipment when needed.  Conduct safety inspections on crane equipment.  Follow all safety rules and procedures to ensure cargo is handled in a safe manner.  Weld and fabricate as required.  Assist crane foreman in record keeping for logbooks, work orders, etc.  Assist other departments and operate equipment as needed, e.g. forklifts, yard trucks in support of operations.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: 

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Must be able to tolerate and work at heights of more than 200 feet.
  • Background in diesel mechanical operation a plus. Prior crane operation and crane rigging experience preferred.
  • Must be familiar with crane hand signal code and able to comply with all safety rules and regulations.
  • Must be able to operate all port cranes at an acceptable level for vessel operations within 6 months.
  • Overtime, holidays, and weekend work will be required.
  • Must have a valid driver license and meet TWIC security requirements.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please apply by submitting a resume and state application (PD-107) to jobs@ncports.com or via fax to (910) 343-6471.

All applications must reference the above job number to be considered for this position.

FINAL DATE TO APPLY: Open Until Filled


Police Officer — Port of Wilmington

JOB NUMBER: NCP65015315

HIRING RANGE: $30,690 – $34,395

GRADE: 15

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

Perform duties that include controlling access points and patrolling seaport facilities.  Monitor the safety and security of facilities, personnel, and property.  Enforce state and federal laws, as well as port rules and regulations.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

  • Respond and take the appropriate action(s) to resolve emergency calls and unusual situations.
  • Investigate accidents, crimes, and violations of state/federal law and NC Port ordinances/laws to ensure compliance
  • Conduct patrols of the port terminal and vicinity. Check security of facilities and equipment.  Check buildings for fire and security alarm or sprinkler system activation.  Monitor dock/port activities that may include the handling of sensitive cargo.  Identify unsafe activities or conditions and coordinate appropriate corrective actions with the Sergeant.
  • Control and record vehicles and personnel entering and/or leaving the port facility as outlined in the Facility Security Plan (FSP).
  • Check and screen persons, their belongings, and vehicles entering the port facility per the FSP as needed.
  • Weigh inbound and outbound trucks and collect monies for paid weight tickets when necessary.
  • Maintain various logs and records, including but not limited to: vehicle traffic on and off the terminal, weather, ship docking and sailing, unusual occurrences, and security incidents.
  • Monitor facility security and dock/port activities via security camera system. Identify unsafe/ suspicious activities and conditions and coordinate appropriate corrective actions with the Sergeant.
  • Check docks and piers upon docking or sailing of vessels for damage, proper location, and suspicious packages/items. Complete required documentation as appropriate.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: 

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • North Carolina Criminal Justice and Training Standards Commission General Certification, including firearms qualifications.
  • Be able to communicate clearly in both oral and written forms.
  • General computer skills and basic knowledge of two-way radio operation.
  • Be physically capable of performing the duties of a law enforcement officer, including physical security screenings of vehicles, persons, and belongings.
  • Requires pursuing a fleeing suspect on foot, climbing through openings and over obstacles, lifting and carrying heavy objects (up to 50 pounds), and subduing resisting and/or attacking persons.
  • Moderate physical effort is required for walking and inspecting port facilities; screening and inspecting vehicles, persons, and their belongings; opening and closing facility gates; and handling personnel problems.
  • Position requires working a rotating shift, including holidays and overtime as required. May be required to be on call 24 hours per day.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and meet TWIC security requirements.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please apply by submitting a resume and state application (PD-107) to jobs@ncports.com or via fax to (910) 343-6471.

All applications must reference the above job number to be considered for this position.

FINAL DATE TO APPLY: Open Until Filled

Future Opportunities

As our business continues to grow, we continue to grow our team of qualified equipment operators, crane operators, and heavy equipment electricians and mechanics.

NC Ports offers full benefits including medical, dental, vision and supplemental insurance. NC Ports also participates in the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System.

If you have knowledge, skills and abilities aligned with operating and/or maintaining heavy equipment and are interested in learning more about these opportunities please email or fax a completed state application and resume to jobs@ncports.com or 910-343-6471.