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Ship Officer

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At a Glance... header image

Employed on ferries, cruise ships, cargo container ships, and a wide range of vessels designed for specialised supply, support and rescue roles.


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Brendan Cavanagh
Ships Engineer  
Brendan is currently a second engineer operating out of Killybegs in Donegal. He completed his Leaving Cert in Carndonagh Community School in 2001. He has studied several courses at the National Fisheries College and expects to complete his Class 1 Certificate next year.
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Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Steer vessels, using navigational devices, such as compasses or sextants, or navigational aids, such as lighthouses or buoys.

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Stand watches on vessels during specified periods while vessels are under way.

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Determine geographical positions of ships, using lorans, azimuths of celestial bodies, or computers, and use this information to determine the course and speed of a ship.

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Assume command of vessels in the event that ships' masters become incapacitated.

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Inspect equipment, such as cargo-handling gear, lifesaving equipment, visual-signaling equipment, or fishing, towing, or dredging gear, to detect problems.

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Participate in activities related to maintenance of vessel security.

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Arrange for ships to be stocked, fueled, or repaired.

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Observe loading or unloading of cargo or equipment to ensure that handling and storage are performed according to specifications.

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Supervise crew members in the repair or replacement of defective gear or equipment.

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Supervise crews in cleaning or maintaining decks, superstructures, or bridges.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment:  Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Documenting/Recording Information:  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Transportation:  Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

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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.

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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.

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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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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.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Management of Personnel Resources:   Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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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.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

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Go..Captain - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Merchant Navy Deck Officer - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Second Officer - from:  icould [UK] Video

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This occupation is popular with people who have the following Career Interests...


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Maritime, Fishing & Aquaculture
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