Water transport deck and engine room crew (NOC 7532)

About this job

Water transport deck and engine room crew stand watch, operate and maintain deck equipment. They also perform other deck and bridge duties, assist ship engineer officers to operate, maintain and repair engines, machinery and auxiliary equipment aboard ships or self-propelled vessels.

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People in this occupational group work for marine transportation companies and federal government departments.

Common job titles
  • boatswain
  • carpenter, ship's
  • crew member, ship - engine and boiler room
  • deckhand, barge / ship / ferryboat / tug
  • helmsman / helmswoman
  • marine engine mechanic / technician


Workers in this group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • stand watch and steer ship or self-propelled vessel under the direction of the officer on watch
  • operate, maintain and repair deck equipment such as winches, cranes, derricks and hawsers
  • Assist ship engineer officers in performing routine maintenance work and repair to ship's engine, machinery and auxiliary equipment
  • Monitor engine, machinery and equipment indicators, record variables and report abnormalities to ship engineer officer on watch
  • Lubricate moving parts of engines, machinery and auxiliary equipment
  • Operate and maintain off-loading liquid pumps and valves
  • Clean engine parts and keep engine room clean
  • clean, chip and paint deck surfaces
  • handle mooring lines, and splice and repair ropes, wire cables and cordage

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place inside a ship or other self-propelled vessel.
  • Work also takes place outdoors so workers may be exposed to various weather conditions.
  • Working with machinery and equipment can be a source of injury.
  • The workplace may be noisy enough to affect hearing.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to deck officer positions is possible with experience, additional training and deck officer certification by Transport Canada.

Training and testing for various endorsements and certification, including the Marine Emergency Duty (MED) certificate, are possible after working as a deck crew member.

Additional resources