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Seamanship

TRANSPORTATION

Description

Participants in this career pathway will work towards certification as an able seaman whose duties include standing watch on deck, working on equipment maintenance, and performing most of the labor required on a ship.

Career Details

Skills

Students in are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Steering vessels and operating navigational instruments
  • Demonstrating the ability to operate, install, and maintain various types of electrical controls and safety devices
  • Maintaining engines and other onboard equipment and performing minor repairs
  • Having a basic knowledge of survival skills and techniques
  • Using tools and equipment properly
  • Responding to fire, flooding, medical emergencies, and man-overboard situations

Career Options

Career Options

Most Seamanship graduates go to work on ships or other sailing vessels, traveling for long periods of time. Work schedules and conditions vary by the type of ship. Most work long hours while they are on the ship.

Requirements

Before entering the program, students must:

  • Certification and Watch-keeping Assessment
  • Basic navigation, knot-tying, and blueprint-reading skills
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Credentials

As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Expectations

While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

  • Attention to detail
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Persistence
  • Self-control
  • Teamwork

Seamanship Numbers to Know

$33K

National average earning potential for this career

8-12

Months needed to complete career training

1

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