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Stand watch to look for obstructions in path of vessel, measure water depth, turn wheel on bridge, or use emergency equipment as directed by captain, mate, or pilot. Break out, rig, overhaul, and store cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear. Perform a variety of maintenance tasks to preserve the painted surface of the ship and to maintain line and ship equipment. Must hold government-issued certification and tankerman certification when working aboard liquid-carrying vessels. Includes able seamen and ordinary seamen.

    Work Activities
    • Tie barges together into tow units for tugboats to handle, inspecting barges periodically during voyages and disconnecting them when destinations are reached.
    • Attach hoses and operate pumps to transfer substances to and from liquid cargo tanks.
    • Handle lines to moor vessels to wharfs, to tie up vessels to other vessels, or to rig towing lines.
    • Read pressure and temperature gauges or displays and record data in engineering logs.
    • Stand watch in ships' bows or bridge wings to look for obstructions in a ship's path or to locate navigational aids, such as buoys or lighthouses.
    • Maintain government-issued certifications, as required.
    • Examine machinery to verify specified pressures or lubricant flows.
    • Maintain a ship's engines under the direction of the ship's engineering officers.
    • Break out, rig, and stow cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, or running gear.
    • Lubricate machinery, equipment, or engine parts, such as gears, shafts, or bearings.
    • Stand by wheels when ships are on automatic pilot and verify accuracy of courses, using magnetic compasses.
    • Steer ships under the direction of commanders or navigating officers or direct helmsmen to steer, following designated courses.
    • Lower and man lifeboats when emergencies occur.
    • Relay specified signals to other ships, using visual signaling devices, such as blinker lights or semaphores.
    • Sweep, mop, and wash down decks to remove oil, dirt, and debris, using brooms, mops, brushes, and hoses.
    • Overhaul lifeboats or lifeboat gear and lower or raise lifeboats with winches or falls.
    • Splice and repair ropes, wire cables, or cordage, using marlinespikes, wire cutters, twine, and hand tools.
    • Load or unload materials, vehicles, or passengers from vessels.
    • Stand gangway watches to prevent unauthorized persons from boarding ships while in port.
    • Chip and clean rust spots on decks, superstructures, or sides of ships, using wire brushes and hand or air chipping machines.
    • Record data in ships' logs, such as weather conditions or distances traveled.
    • Provide engineers with assistance in repairing or adjusting machinery.
    • Operate, maintain, or repair ship equipment, such as winches, cranes, derricks, or weapons system.
    • Paint or varnish decks, superstructures, lifeboats, or sides of ships.
    • Give directions to crew members engaged in cleaning wheelhouses or quarterdecks.
    • Measure depth of water in shallow or unfamiliar waters, using leadlines, and telephone or shout depth information to vessel bridges.
    • Clean and polish wood trim, brass, or other metal parts.
    • Participate in shore patrols.
    Skills
    • Operation Monitoring

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

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Far Vision

      The ability to see details at a distance.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Depth Perception

      The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.

    Knowledge
    • 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.

    • Transportation

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

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $37,910/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $18.23/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 260
    • 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
    • Cooperation
    • Concern for Others
    • Attention to Detail
    • Self Control
    • Initiative
    Tools
    • Winches
    • Hoists
    • Bridge cranes
    • Anchor rollers
    • Anchor lines
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Operating system software
    • Facilities management software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.