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Pilots, Ship
District Of Columbia

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Command ships to steer them into and out of harbors, estuaries, straits, or sounds, or on rivers, lakes, or bays. Must be licensed by U.S. Coast Guard with limitations indicating class and tonnage of vessels for which license is valid and route and waters that may be piloted.

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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

  • Direct courses and speeds of ships, based on specialized knowledge of local winds, weather, water depths, tides, currents, and hazards.
  • Steer ships into or out of berths or signal tugboat captains to berth or unberth ships.
  • Set ships' courses that avoid reefs, outlying shoals, or other hazards, using navigational aids, such as lighthouses or buoys.
  • Prevent ships under their navigational control from engaging in unsafe operations.
  • Serve as a vessel's docking master upon arrival at a port or when at a berth.
  • Consult maps, charts, weather reports, or navigation equipment to determine and direct ship movements.
  • Give directions to crew members who are steering ships.
  • Operate ship-to-shore radios to exchange information needed for ship operations.
  • Provide assistance to vessels approaching or leaving seacoasts, navigating harbors, or docking and undocking.
  • Report to appropriate authorities any violations of federal or state pilotage laws.

tools & technology

  • Cargo or container ships
  • Marine craft communications systems
  • Tankers
  • Vehicle navigation systems
  • Vehicular global positioning system GPS

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

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