Water transport deck and engine room crew (NOC 7532)

About this job

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Workers in this group:

  • stand watch, operate and maintain deck equipment
  • 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
  • work for marine transportation companies and federal government departments
Common job titles
  • boatswain
  • carpenter, ship's
  • crew member, ship - engine and boiler room
  • seaman / seawoman - able / ordinary / pump
  • ship tunnel operator
  • stoker - ship
  • boatswain
  • carpenter, ship's
  • crew member, ship - engine and boiler room
  • deckhand, barge / ship / ferryboat / tug
  • helmsman / helmswoman
  • marine engine mechanic / technician

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$54,810

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

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.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • Some secondary school education is required.
  • On-the-job training is provided.

Skills

  • Spatial Perception
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Methodical
  • Object-Oriented
  • Motor Coordination
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Academic/Basic Upgrading

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
0
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N/A
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Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
0
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Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
560
Average annual employment growth:
-1.6%
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
60
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
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Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
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Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
780
Average annual employment growth:
2.5%
Expected number of job openings:
420

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

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