Mates- Ship, Boat, and Barge

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Vessel Master
  • Tugboat Mate
  • Third Officer
  • Third Mate
  • Skipper
  • Ship, Boat, or Barge Mate
  • Second Officer
  • Second Mate
  • Sailing Officer
  • Relief Mate
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What They Do

  • Observe water from ships' mastheads to advise on navigational direction.
  • Supervise crews in cleaning or maintaining decks, superstructures, or bridges.
  • Supervise crew members in the repair or replacement of defective gear or equipment.
  • Arrange for ships to be stocked, fueled, or repaired.
  • Participate in activities related to maintenance of vessel security.
  • Observe loading or unloading of cargo or equipment to ensure that handling and storage are performed according to specifications.
  • Inspect equipment, such as cargo-handling gear, lifesaving equipment, visual-signaling equipment, or fishing, towing, or dredging gear, to detect problems.
  • 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.
  • Steer vessels, using navigational devices, such as compasses or sextants, or navigational aids, such as lighthouses or buoys.
  • Assume command of vessels in the event that ships' masters become incapacitated.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Working Conditions and Recognition in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.



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