CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Sailors and Marine Oilers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Marine Transportation
Benchmark Title: Sailors and Marine Oilers
Summary Job Description Tasks
Stand watch to look for obstructions in path of vessel, measure water depth, turn wheel on bridge, or use emergency equipment as directed by captain, mate, or pilot. Break out, rig, overhaul, and store cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear. Perform a variety of maintenance tasks to preserve the painted surface of the ship and to maintain line and ship equipment. Must hold government-issued certification and tankerman certification when working aboard liquid-carrying vessels. Includes a ble seamen and ordinary seamen. Maintain government-issued certifications as required.
Lower and man lifeboats when emergencies occur.
Stand by wheels when ships are on automatic pilot, and verify accuracy of courses, using magnetic compasses.
Steer ships under the direction of commanders or navigating officers, or direct helmsmen to steer, following designated courses.
Handle lines to moor vessels to wharfs, to tie up vessels to other vessels, or to rig towing lines.
Stand watch in ships' bows or bridge wings in order to look for obstructions in a ship's path or to locate navigational aids such as buoys and lighthouses.
Stand gangway watches to prevent unauthorized persons from boarding ships while they are in port.
Overhaul lifeboats and lifeboat gear, and lower or raise lifeboats with winches or falls.
Operate, maintain, and repair ship equipment such as winches, cranes, derricks, and weapons system.
Load or unload materials from vessels.
Lubricate machinery, equipment, and engine parts such as gears, shafts, and bearings.
Break out, rig, and stow cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear.
Splice and repair ropes, wire cables, and cordage, using marlinespikes, wirecutters, twine, and hand tools.
Provide engineers with assistance in repairing and adjusting machinery.
Paint or varnish decks, superstructures, lifeboats, or sides of ships.
Sweep, mop, and wash down decks to remove oil, dirt, and debris, using brooms, mops, brushes, and hoses.
Chip and clean rust spots on decks, superstructures, and sides of ships, using wire brushes and hand or air chipping machines.
Give directions to crew members engaged in cleaning wheelhouses and quarterdecks.
Read pressure and temperature gauges or displays, and record data in engineering logs.
Examine machinery to verify specified pressures and lubricant flows.
Measure depth of water in shallow or unfamiliar waters, using leadlines, and telephone or shout depth information to vessel bridges.
Record in ships' logs data such as weather conditions and distances traveled.
Attach hoses and operate pumps in order to transfer substances to and from liquid cargo tanks.
Maintain a ship's engines under the direction of the ship's engineering officers.
Relay specified signals to other ships, using visual signaling devices such as blinker lights and semaphores.
Tie barges together into tow units for tugboats to handle, inspecting barges periodically during voyages and disconnecting them when destinations are reached.
Participate in shore patrols.
Clean and polish wood trim, brass, and other metal parts.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Marine Transportation
Benchmark Title: Sailors and Marine Oilers
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Marine Transportation
Benchmark Title: Sailors and Marine Oilers
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Marine Transportation
Benchmark Title: Sailors and Marine Oilers
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
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.
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.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
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.
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.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Gross Body Equilibrium The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
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).
Spatial Orientation The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
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.
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
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.
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
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.
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).
Speed of Limb Movement The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
Dynamic Strength The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
Glare Sensitivity The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
Sound Localization The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Marine Transportation
Benchmark Title: Sailors and Marine Oilers
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software Facilities management software
KNMI TurboWin Data base user interface and query software
Kongsberg Maritime K-Log Deck Logbook Data base user interface and query software
Log book software Data base user interface and query software
Air chippers Power chippers
Anti-exposure coveralls Insulated or flotation suits
Bilge pumping systems Dewatering pumps
Blinker lights Marine signaling systems
Bolt cutters Bolt cutters
Bridge telephones Marine craft communications systems
Carbon dioxide CO2 firefighting systems Fire suppression system
Cargo booms Forklift or elevator accessories or supplies
Cargo derricks Hoists
Cargo hooks Lifting hooks
Centrifugal cargo pumps Centrifugal pumps
Centrifugal ventilators Fans
Chain cargo falls Hoists
Chipping hammers Power chippers
Claw hammers Hammers
Container lift trucks Loading equipment
Crescent wrenches Open end wrenches
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Electric deck cranes Bridge cranes
Electric mooring winches Winches
Electric telegraphs Telegraph sounders
Electric windlasses Anchor rollers
Emergency generators Gas generators
Emergency position-indicating radio beacons Radio navigation instruments
Engine room alarm systems Alarm systems
Explosimeters Explosimeters
Fids Fids
Filter masks Masks or accessories
Fire hoses Fire hoses or nozzles
Foam firefighting systems Fire suppression system
Forklifts Forklifts
Galvanized thimbles Eye bolts
Gear pumps Gear pumps
Grabbing cranes Bridge cranes
Grease dispensing guns Grease guns
Gyrocompasses Gyroscopic instruments
Hand capstans Anchor rollers
Hand punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
Hand windlasses Anchor rollers
Hydraulic capstans Anchor rollers
Hydraulic deck cranes Bridge cranes
Hydraulic mooring winches Winches
Hydraulic windlasses Anchor rollers
Life buoys Life rings
Life jackets Life vests or preservers
Life rings Life rings
Lifeboat davits Lifts
Lifeboats Lifeboats or liferafts
Lifting slings Slings
Lifting spreaders Loading equipment
Liquid cargo transfer hoses Material handling hoses
Locking jaw pliers Locking pliers
Magnet hoists Hoists
Magnetic compasses Direction finding compasses
Manual winches Winches
Mechanical telegraphs Telegraph sounders
Metal chisels Cold chisels
Mooring cables Anchor lines
Mooring chains Anchor lines
Natural fiber mooring ropes Anchor lines
Oil dispensing cans Oil can
Personal computers Personal computers
Pilot ladders Ladders
Pipe wrenches Pipe wrenches
Portable fire extinguishers Fire extinguishers
Portable gas detectors Gas detectors
Pyrotechnic distress signals Flares
Radar navigation systems Radarbased surveillance systems
Radio direction finders RDF Radio navigation instruments
Ratchet sets Ratchets
Reciprocating pumps Reciprocating pumps
Respirators Respirators
Riding pawls Pawls
Safety belts Safety harnesses or belts
Safety glasses Safety glasses
Safety helmets Safety helmets
Safety lanyards Fall protection lanyard
Semaphores Marine signaling systems
Sewing needles Sewing needles
Sharpening steels Sharpening stones or tools or kits
Sheave blocks Blocks or pulleys
Ship alarm systems Alarm systems
Ship anchor chocks Anchor chocks
Signal flags Marine signaling systems
Sounding rods Depth gauges
Sounding tapes Depth gauges
Spanner wrenches Spanner wrenches
Steam winches Winches
Synthetic mooring ropes Anchor lines
Tank level gauges Depth gauges
Thermal protective aids TPA Insulated clothing for cold environments
Two way radios Two way radios
Voice pipes Marine craft communications systems
Welders Welders
Wire cutters Wire cutters
Wire splicers Cable splicing kits
Workshop vises Bench vises
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Marine Transportation
Benchmark Title: Sailors and Marine Oilers
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Marine Transportation
Benchmark Title: Sailors and Marine Oilers
Alternate Job Title(s)
Able Bodied Seaman (AB Seaman)
Able Bodied Tankerman (AB Tankerman)
Able Bodied Watchman (AB Watchman)
Able Bodied Wheelsman (AB Wheelsman)
Able Seaman
Barge Hand
Barge Worker
Boat Crew Deck Hand
Boat Deckhand
Boat Hand
Boat Laborer
Boat Person
Boat or Ship Laborer
Buoy Tender
Cabin Worker
Captain's Assistant
Chief Engineer's Helper
Chief Yeoman
Deck Cadet
Deck Hand
Deck Mate
Deckhand Oiler
Ferry Crew Member
Ferry Hand
Ferry Oiler
Float Tender
Marine Firefighter
Marine Fireman
Marine Oiler
Marine Technician
Marine Water Tender
Master at Arms
Merchant Marine
Merchant Mariner
Merchant Seaman
Ordinary Seaman
Pleasure Craft Sailor
Quarter Master
Refrigerating Oiler
River Transportation Worker
Scow Hand
Ship Docking Tugboat Deckhand
Utility Worker
Vessel Ordinary Seaman
Water Tender
Yacht Hand
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Marine Transportation
Benchmark Title: Sailors and Marine Oilers
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