Mates- Ship, Boat, and Barge

Supervise or coordinate activities of crew aboard ships, boats, barges, or dredges.

Median Annual Wage: $72,340

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (70%); Post-secondary certificate (21%); Bachelor's degree (8%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Deckhand; Mate; Deck Engineer; Relief Master; Vessel Master; Relief Mate; Tugboat Mate; Able Bodied Seaman (AB Seaman); Able Bodied Tankerman (AB Tankerman); First Mate

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Inspect equipment, such as cargo-handling gear, lifesaving equipment, visual-signaling equipment, or fishing, towing, or dredging gear, to detect problems.
  • Observe loading or unloading of cargo or equipment to ensure that handling and storage are performed according to specifications.
  • Participate in activities related to maintenance of vessel security.
  • Arrange for ships to be stocked, fueled, or repaired.
  • Supervise crew members in the repair or replacement of defective gear or equipment.
  • Supervise crews in cleaning or maintaining decks, superstructures, or bridges.

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  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Mates- Ship, Boat, and Barge.

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