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Ship and Boat Captains

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Command vessels in oceans, bays, lakes, rivers, or coastal waters.

    Work Activities
    • Steer and operate vessels, using radios, depth finders, radars, lights, buoys, or lighthouses.
    • Dock or undock vessels, sometimes maneuvering through narrow spaces, such as locks.
    • Adjust navigation according to weather conditions.
    • 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.
    • Conduct safety drills with crew.
    • Tow and maneuver barges or signal tugboats to tow barges to destinations.
    • Compute positions, set courses, and determine speeds, using charts, area plotting sheets, compasses, sextants, and knowledge of local conditions.
    • 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.
    • Monitor the loading or discharging of cargo or passengers.
    • Calculate sightings of land, using electronic sounding devices and following contour lines on charts.
    • 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.
    • Collect fares from customers or signal ferryboat helpers to collect fares.
    • Resolve questions or problems with customs officials.
    • Sort logs, form log booms, or salvage lost logs.
    • Assign watches or living quarters to crew members.
    • Purchase supplies or equipment.
    • Interview and hire crew members.
    Skills
    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

    • 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.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Oral Comprehension

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

    • Spatial Orientation

      The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.

    • Control Precision

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

    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 $46,390/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $22.30/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 330
    • Yearly Projected Openings 40
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Leadership
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Attention to Detail
    • Independence
    Tools
    • Vehicle navigation systems
    • Marine signaling systems
    • Marine craft communications systems
    • Fire extinguishers
    • Bridge cranes
    Technology
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Route navigation software
    • Office suite software
    • Facilities management software
    • Data base user interface and query software