Do you wonder if a job on the water is for you?
If most of these statements apply then you might consider a career in marine transportation.
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What’s It All About?
Workers in marine transportation work at sea or on land in jobs related to moving cargo or passengers up and down the coast. Some people, like deck officers, operate ships over coastal and inland waters, supervising the activities of deck crews. Others, like engineer officers, work in a ship’s engine room maintaining engines and other equipment as well as supervising engine crews.
Deckhands, dockworkers, cooks, and other entry-level workers carry out duties related to the operation and loading of the ship. Workers in this industry generally work for towboat companies, which can vary in size from a few boats to fleets of up to 50. Because Western Canada has no merchant fleet, jobs on deep-sea cargo and cruise ships are limited to upper level officers.
Marine engineers design and develop marine vessels and floating structures and marine power plants, propulsion systems and related systems and equipment. They supervise the construction, maintenance and repair of vessels and marine systems.
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The Bridge Watch Rating Associate Certificate provides entry-level personnel with base-level knowledge of seamanship to prepare for a career on the ocean with BC Ferries, the Canadian Coast Guard, local companies, and other Canadian companies operating ships and vessels.
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