Ship and Boat Captains

OCCUPATION DESCRIPTION

Command vessels in oceans, bays, lakes, rivers, or coastal waters.

SKILLS & REQUIRED SKILL LEVELS
Core Skill Levels Required:
  • Judgment and Decision Making: 4
  • Operation and Control: 4
  • Reading Comprehension: 3.88
  • Monitoring: 3.88
  • Active Listening: 3.88
  • Critical Thinking: 3.88
  • Coordination: 3.88
  • Operation Monitoring: 3.75
  • Management of Personnel Resources: 3.75
  • Speaking: 3.75
  • Time Management: 3.62
  • Instructing: 3.5
  • Learning Strategies: 3.38
  • Active Learning: 3.38
  • Social Perceptiveness: 3.25
Supplemental Skill Levels Required:
  • Complex Problem Solving: 3.12
  • Writing: 3.12
  • Persuasion: 3
  • Negotiation: 3
  • Service Orientation: 3
  • Management of Material Resources: 3
  • Systems Evaluation: 3
  • Troubleshooting: 2.88
  • Systems Analysis: 2.88
  • Quality Control Analysis: 2.75
  • Mathematics: 2.75
  • Management of Financial Resources: 2.62
  • Repairing: 2.5
  • Equipment Maintenance: 2.5
  • Equipment Selection: 2.25
  • Operations Analysis: 2
  • Science: 1.62
  • Programming: 0.88
  • Technology Design: 0.88
CORE TASKS
  • Steer and operate vessels, using radios, depth finders, radars, lights, buoys, or lighthouses.
  • Compute positions, set courses, and determine speeds, using charts, area plotting sheets, compasses, sextants, and knowledge of local conditions.
  • Inspect vessels to ensure efficient and safe operation of vessels and equipment and conformance to regulations.
  • Measure depths of water, using depth-measuring equipment.
  • Direct or coordinate crew members or workers performing activities such as loading or unloading cargo, steering vessels, operating engines, or operating, maintaining, or repairing ship equipment.
  • Monitor the loading or discharging of cargo or passengers.
  • Calculate sightings of land, using electronic sounding devices and following contour lines on charts.
  • Signal passing vessels, using whistles, flashing lights, flags, or radios.
  • Maintain boats or equipment on board, such as engines, winches, navigational systems, fire extinguishers, or life preservers.
  • Signal crew members or deckhands to rig tow lines, open or close gates or ramps, or pull guard chains across entries.
  • Read gauges to verify sufficient levels of hydraulic fluid, air pressure, or oxygen.
  • Maintain records of daily activities, personnel reports, ship positions and movements, ports of call, weather and sea conditions, pollution control efforts, or cargo or passenger status.
  • Arrange for ships to be fueled, restocked with supplies, or repaired.
  • Purchase supplies or equipment.
  • Dock or undock vessels, sometimes maneuvering through narrow spaces, such as locks.
  • Adjust navigation according to weather conditions.
  • Conduct safety drills with crew.

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