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Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels

Command or supervise operations of ships and water vessels, such as tugboats and ferryboats. Required to hold license issued by U.S. Coast Guard.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Direct courses and speeds of ships, based on specialized knowledge of local winds, weather, water depths, tides, currents, and hazards.
    • Prevent ships under navigational control from engaging in unsafe operations.
    • Serve as a vessel's docking master upon arrival at a port or at a berth.
    • Consult maps, charts, weather reports, or navigation equipment to determine and direct ship movements.
    • Steer and operate vessels, using radios, depth finders, radars, lights, buoys, or lighthouses.
    • Operate ship-to-shore radios to exchange information needed for ship operations.
    • Dock or undock vessels, sometimes maneuvering through narrow spaces, such as locks.
    • Stand watches on vessels during specified periods while vessels are under way.
    • Inspect vessels to ensure efficient and safe operation of vessels and equipment and conformance to regulations.
    • Read gauges to verify sufficient levels of hydraulic fluid, air pressure, or oxygen.
    • Tow and maneuver barges or signal tugboats to tow barges to destinations.
    • Report to appropriate authorities any violations of federal or state pilotage laws.
    • Provide assistance in maritime rescue operations.
    • Signal passing vessels, using whistles, flashing lights, flags, or radios.
    • Measure depths of water, using depth-measuring equipment.
    • Signal crew members or deckhands to rig tow lines, open or close gates or ramps, or pull guard chains across entries.
    • Maintain boats or equipment on board, such as engines, winches, navigational systems, fire extinguishers, or life preservers.
    • Perform various marine duties, such as checking for oil spills or other pollutants around ports or harbors or patrolling beaches.
    • Maintain records of daily activities, personnel reports, ship positions and movements, ports of call, weather and sea conditions, pollution control efforts, or cargo or passenger status.
    • Advise ships' masters on harbor rules and customs procedures.
    • Observe loading or unloading of cargo or equipment to ensure that handling and storage are performed according to specifications.
    • Calculate sightings of land, using electronic sounding devices and following contour lines on charts.
    • Learn to operate new technology systems and procedures through instruction, simulators, or models.
    • Direct or coordinate crew members or workers performing activities such as loading or unloading cargo, steering vessels, operating engines, or operating, maintaining, or repairing ship equipment.
    • Arrange for ships to be fueled, restocked with supplies, or repaired.
    • Assign watches or living quarters to crew members.
    • Supervise crews in cleaning or maintaining decks, superstructures, or bridges.
    • Purchase supplies or equipment.
    • Interview and hire crew members.

    Skills

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Far Vision

      The ability to see details at a distance.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    Knowledge

    • Transportation

      Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 53720/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 25.83/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 320
    • Yearly Projected Openings 30

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Leadership
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Attention to Detail
    • Independence

    Tools

    • Winches
    • Vehicle navigation systems
    • Marine signaling systems
    • Marine craft communications systems
    • Anchor rollers

    Technology

    • Route navigation software
    • Facilities management software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software

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