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Mates- Ship, Boat, & Barge

Also called: Deckhand, First Mate, Mate, Tugboat Mate

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy.

What they do:
Supervise or coordinate activities of crew aboard ships, boats, barges, or dredges.
On the job, you would:
  • Stand watches on vessels during specified periods while vessels are under way.
  • Assume command of vessels in the event that ships' masters become incapacitated.
  • Steer vessels, using navigational devices, such as compasses or sextants, or navigational aids, such as lighthouses or buoys.


Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • teaching people how to do something


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat


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


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: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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