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Job Corps' Able Seaman program is offered through the Inland Boatmen's Union. 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


Students in Seamanship are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Understand theoretical principles
  • Perform basic skills in logistics, equipment operations and deckhand responsibilities

Career Options

Career Options

As a credentialed, entry-level worker, students completing the Seamanship program find careers as able seaman, or deckhand seaman.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • 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.


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.


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


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