Motorboat Operators

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About the Job

Operate small motor-driven boats. May assist in navigational activities.

It is also Called

  • Boat Captain
  • Boat Driver
  • Boatman
  • Boat Operator
  • Boat Person
  • Captain
  • Charter Boat Operator
  • Crew Boat Operator
  • Deckhand
  • Dock Hand

What They Do

  • Position booms around docked ships.
  • Perform general labor duties such as repairing booms.
  • Take depth soundings in turning basins.
  • Tow, push, or guide other boats, barges, logs, or rafts.
  • Clean boats and repair hulls and superstructures, using hand tools, paint, and brushes.
  • Issue directions for loading, unloading, and seating in boats.
  • Report any observed navigational hazards to authorities.
  • Organize and direct the activities of crew members.
  • Maintain equipment such as range markers, fire extinguishers, boat fenders, lines, pumps, and fittings.
  • Arrange repairs, fuel, and supplies for vessels.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: REC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Enterprising and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2012, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $46,920 with most people making between $39,470 and $67,060

Outlook

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately n/a people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be - employed in 2018.

This occupation will have approximately - job openings annually.