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Motorboat Operators

Also called: Boat Operator, Crew Boat Operator, Launch Operator, Water Taxi Operator

Where in the Army? In the Army: Watercraft Engineer; Watercraft Operator

What they do:
Operate small motor-driven boats. May assist in navigational activities.
On the job, you would:
  • Maintain desired courses, using compasses or electronic navigational aids.
  • Follow safety procedures to ensure the protection of passengers, cargo, and vessels.
  • Direct safety operations in emergency situations.


  • customer service
Math and Science
  • geography
  • biology
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
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
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
  • know where things are around you


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Echo sounder software
  • Radar software
Expert system software
  • Autopilot software
Mobile location based services software
  • Global positioning system GPS software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
certificate after high school or
some college
usually needed

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