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Ship and Boat Captains
District Of Columbia

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

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Steer and operate vessels, using radios, depth finders, radars, lights, buoys, or lighthouses.
  • Dock or undock vessels, sometimes maneuvering through narrow spaces, such as locks.
  • Adjust navigation according to weather conditions.
  • Inspect vessels to ensure efficient and safe operation of vessels and equipment and conformance to regulations.
  • Read gauges to verify sufficient levels of hydraulic fluid, air pressure, or oxygen.
  • Conduct safety drills with crew.
  • Tow and maneuver barges or signal tugboats to tow barges to destinations.
  • Compute positions, set courses, and determine speeds, using charts, area plotting sheets, compasses, sextants, and knowledge of local conditions.
  • Signal passing vessels, using whistles, flashing lights, flags, or radios.
  • Measure depths of water, using depth-measuring equipment.

tools & technology

  • Bridge cranes
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Marine craft communications systems
  • Marine signaling systems
  • Vehicle navigation systems

  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Facilities management software
  • Route navigation software

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