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Captains, Water Vessel
The Benchmark Job Description below represents the specific Position Characteristics of the job used in the Salary Survey. Benchmark Job Descriptions should be inspected carefully to review the degree of matching between an organizations' Job and the Salary Survey Benchmark. Matching internal Jobs to Salary Survey Benchmark Jobs should not be done on Job Title alone. A thorough comparison of Salary Survey Benchmark to Internal Job Descriptions is recommended. A good overlap should exist on any comparisons used on critical Job Dimensions and Competencies.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Marine Transportation
Benchmark Title: Captains, Water Vessel
Summary Job Description Tasks
Command vessels in oceans, bays, lakes, rivers, or coastal waters. Steer and operate vessels, using radios, depth finders, radars, lights, buoys, and lighthouses.
Compute positions, set courses, and determine speeds, by using charts, area plotting sheets, compasses, sextants, and knowledge of local conditions.
Inspect vessels to ensure efficient and safe operation of vessels and equipment, and conformance to regulations.
Measure depths of water, using depth-measuring equipment.
Direct and coordinate crew members or workers performing activities such as loading and unloading cargo, steering vessels, operating engines, and operating, maintaining, and repairing ship equipment.
Monitor the loading and discharging of cargo or passengers.
Calculate sightings of land, using electronic sounding devices, and following contour lines on charts.
Signal passing vessels, using whistles, flashing lights, flags, and radios.
Maintain boats and equipment on board, such as engines, winches, navigational systems, fire extinguishers, and life preservers.
Signal crew members or deckhands to rig tow lines, open or close gates and ramps, and pull guard chains across entries.
Read gauges to verify sufficient levels of hydraulic fluid, air pressure, and oxygen.
Maintain records of daily activities, personnel reports, ship positions and movements, ports of call, weather and sea conditions, pollution control efforts, and/or cargo and passenger status.
Arrange for ships to be fueled, restocked with supplies, and/or repaired.
Assign watches and living quarters to crew members.
Purchase supplies and equipment.
Tow and maneuver barges, or signal tugboats to tow barges to destinations.
Perform various marine duties such as checking for oil spills or other pollutants around ports and harbors, and patrolling beaches.
Collect fares from customers, or signal ferryboat helpers to collect fares.
Sort logs, form log booms, and salvage lost logs.
Resolve questions or problems with customs officials.
Interview and hire crew members.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Marine Transportation
Benchmark Title: Captains, Water Vessel
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
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.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
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.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Marine Transportation
Benchmark Title: Captains, Water Vessel
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
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.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Management of Material Resources Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Marine Transportation
Benchmark Title: Captains, Water Vessel
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Spatial Orientation The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Glare Sensitivity The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Peripheral Vision The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Marine Transportation
Benchmark Title: Captains, Water Vessel
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software Facilities management software
Jeppesen Marine Nobeltec Admiral Route navigation software
KNMI TurboWin Data base user interface and query software
Log book software Data base user interface and query software
Maptech The CAPN Route navigation software
Automatic radar plotting aids ARPA Vehicle navigation systems
Bolt cutters Bolt cutters
Bridge to bridge radiotelephones Marine craft communications systems
Carbon dioxide CO2 fire extinguishing systems Fire suppression system
Carbon dioxide CO2 flooding systems Fire suppression system
Cargo derricks Hoists
Centrifugal cargo pumps Centrifugal pumps
Claw hammers Hammers
Container lift trucks Loading equipment
Crescent wrenches Open end wrenches
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Differential global positioning systems DGPS Vehicular global positioning systems
Dividers Compasses
Drafting triangles Triangles
Dynamic positioning DP systems Vehicle navigation systems
Echo sounders Depth gauges
Electric deck cranes Bridge cranes
Electric telegraphs Telegraph sounders
Electronic chart display and information systems ECDIS Vehicle navigation systems
Emergency fire pumps Fire pump sets
Emergency generators Gas generators
Fathometer sonar equipment Sonars
Fire alarm switches Alarm systems
Firefighting suits Fire retardant apparel
First aid kits Emergency medical services first aid kits
Foam fire extinguishing systems Fire suppression system
Gear pumps Gear pumps
Global Navigation Satellite System GNSS Vehicle navigation systems
Global positioning systems GPS Vehicular global positioning systems
Grabbing cranes Bridge cranes
Gyrocompasses Gyroscopic instruments
Hand punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
High frequency HF radiotelephone systems Marine craft communications systems
Hydraulic deck cranes Bridge cranes
Immersion suits Insulated or flotation suits
Integrated bridge systems Vehicle navigation systems
Life buoys Life rings
Life rafts Lifeboats or liferafts
Life vests Life vests or preservers
Lifeboat davits Lifts
Lifting slings Slings
Lifting spreaders Loading equipment
Line throwing appliances Rope float lines
Locking jaw pliers Locking pliers
Long range navigation LORAN systems Vehicle navigation systems
Magnet hoists Hoists
Magnetic compasses Direction finding compasses
Mechanical telegraphs Telegraph sounders
Mooring winches Winches
Navigational compasses Direction finding compasses
Parallel plotters Plotter printers
Parallel rules Straight edges
Personal computers Personal computers
Pilot ladders Ladders
Pipe wrenches Pipe wrenches
Portable carbon dioxide fire extinguishers Fire extinguishers
Portable dry chemical fire extinguishers Fire extinguishers
Portable water fire extinguishers Fire extinguishers
Pyrotechnic distress signals Flares
Radio direction finders RDF Radio navigation instruments
Rescue slings Cinch rescue loops
Respirators Respirators
Rotary displacement pumps Rotary pumps
Safety belts Safety harnesses or belts
Safety glasses Safety glasses
Safety helmets Safety helmets
Safety lanyards Fall protection lanyard
Screw displacement pumps Screw Pumps
Semaphores Marine signaling systems
Sextants Sextants
Sharpening steels Sharpening stones or tools or kits
Ship alarm systems Alarm systems
Ship's whistles Marine signaling systems
Signal flags Marine signaling systems
Signal light controls Marine signaling systems
Sounding rods Depth gauges
Spanner wrenches Spanner wrenches
Steering control systems Vehicle navigation systems
Surveillance binoculars Binoculars
Thermal protective aids TPA Insulated clothing for cold environments
Totally enclosed motor propelled survival craft TEMPSC Lifeboats or liferafts
Ultra high frequency UHF radiotelephone systems Marine craft communications systems
Very high frequency VHF radiotelephone systems Marine craft communications systems
Voice pipes Marine craft communications systems
Voyage management systems VMS Vehicle navigation systems
Workshop vises Bench vises
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Marine Transportation
Benchmark Title: Captains, Water Vessel
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)
Related Work Experience Over 4 years, up to and including 6 years
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Marine Transportation
Benchmark Title: Captains, Water Vessel
Alternate Job Title(s)
Barge Captain
Barge Master
Boat Captain
Boat Master
Boat Operator
Canal Boat Captain
Canal Boat Operator
Car Ferry Captain
Car Ferry Master
Charter Boat Captain
Commercial Boat Captain
Container Vessel Master
Cruise Boat Captain
Deck Officer
Deep Submergence Vehicle Operator
Derrick Boat Captain
Dredge Captain
Ferry Boat Captain
Ferry Boat Pilot
Ferry Captain
Ferry Terminal Supervisor
Ferryboat Captain
Ferryboat Operator
Fishing Vessel Captain
Harbor Tug Captain
Inland Captain
Lighter Captain
Marine Captain
Marine Superintendent
Master Mariner
Merchant Mariner Captain
Navigation Officer
Ocean Going Tug Captain
Oil Crew Boat Captain
Oil Tanker Captain
Operations Manager
Passenger Barge Master
Passenger Vessels Captain
Port Captain
Relief Captain
River Boat Captain
River Captain
Riverboat Master
Sailboat Captain
Sailing Master
Scow Captain
Sea Captain
Ship Captain
Ship Master
Ship's Captain
Shrimp Boat Captain
Sling Operator
Sloop Captain
Sport Fishing Vessel Captain
Steamboat Captain
Supply Boat Captain
Tanker Captain
Tour Boat Captain
Tow Boat Captain
Towboat Captain
Towing Vessel Captain
Tug Boat Captain
Tug Captain
Tugboat Captain
Tugboat Operator
Vessel Captain
Vessel Master
Water Vessel Captain
Yacht Captain
Yacht Master
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Marine Transportation
Benchmark Title: Captains, Water Vessel
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