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Mates- Ship, Boat, & Barge

Also called: Mate, Deck Engineer, Relief Master, Vessel Master

What they do:
Supervise or coordinate activities of crew aboard ships, boats, barges, or dredges.
On the job, you would:
  • Steer vessels, using navigational devices, such as compasses or sextants, or navigational aids, such as lighthouses or buoys.
  • Stand watches on vessels during specified periods while vessels are under way.
  • Determine geographical positions of ships, using lorans, azimuths of celestial bodies, or computers, and use this information to determine the course and speed of a ship.

Knowledge

Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Math and Science
  • geography
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Route navigation software
  • Jeppesen Marine Nobeltec Admiral
  • Maptech The CAPN
Data base user interface and query software
  • KNMI TurboWin
  • Log book software
Facilities management software
  • Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$69,920
per year, on average
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