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NOC Code: NOC Code: 7532a Occupation: Water transport deck crew
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Workers in this unit group stand watch, operate and maintain deck equipment and perform other deck and bridge duties aboard ships or self-propelled vessels under the direction of deck officers. They are employed by marine transportation companies and federal government departments including the armed forces. Workers in this unit group stand watch, operate and maintain deck equipment and perform other deck and bridge duties aboard ships or self-propelled vessels under the direction of deck officers. They are employed by marine transportation companies and federal government departments including the armed forces.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2

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  • Read lists of chores posted on the wall. (1)
  • Read instructions for handling lifeboats to become familiar with terminology and procedures. (2)
  • Read memos from supervisors explaining new regulations or procedures to apply them to work situations. (2)
  • Read fuelling and safety procedures. (2)
  • Read circulars relating to safe bridge keeping and operating practices to understand how to prevent accidents and resolve unsafe practices. (2)
  • Read the Captain's Standing Orders which are posted in book format. (2)
  • Read instruction manuals on rope work and how to tie various kinds of knots. (3)
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  • Write reminder notes regarding supplies to be brought on board ship. (1)
  • Record wind direction, wind speed, visibility, cloud type and brief narrative entries in the log book every two hours. (1)
  • Write a weather report for the bridge in a combination of words and numbers. (1)
  • Complete timesheet and overtime forms. (1)
  • Record tasks performed in the Chore Book. (1)
  • Write out receipts for ferry passengers who request them. (1)
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Document Use
  • Complete loading forms to indicate the number of cars, walkers, motorcycles and bicycles on a ferry. (1)
  • Enter information in a Fire Hose Pressurization check chart. (1)
  • Read duty roster forms to learn who is available if extra work is required. (1)
  • Identify flags, such as the Bravo flag which means that explosives are being unloaded. (1)
  • Read lists of ship's stores when taking inventory and read shipping lists of goods to be delivered to lighthouses. (1)
  • Read Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) labels on paint cans. (2)
  • Interpret diagrams illustrating how to use safety gear. (2)
  • Read Global Positioning System (GPS) screens to determine position and real speed. (2)
  • Read schedules indicating times and destinations of sailings. (2)
  • Complete pay forms and reimbursement forms for buying new boots. (2)
  • Refer to plans of the ship's layout to locate firefighting stations and the location of life boats. (2)
  • Record information in the ship's log every two hours. (2)
  • Read assembly and schematic drawings in equipment manuals in order to maintain and repair equipment. (3)
  • Read the tide tables in the Tide Calendar Book in order to judge how high to adjust the ramp when tying up at the dock. (3)
  • Use meteorological tables at the front of the logbook which describe the amount of cloud coverage and the types of clouds, and enter information in the ship's log every two hours. (3)
  • Read current tables and navigational charts to determine the direction and speed of currents and to plan the course and estimated time of arrival. (3)
  • Read radar screens to observe on-coming sea traffic and to establish the distance from points of land. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use word processing. For example, type up memos and faxes. (2)
  • Use other computer applications such as the Global Positioning System (GPS). These are used to check their position and to access computerized tide tables and weather reports. (2)
  • Use communications software. For example, send messages by email. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Listen to a two-way radio to hear instructions from the captain or mate about how many cars to put on a ferry. (1)
  • Interact with other crew as Officer of the Watch, repeating all commands three times to ensure clarity and confirmation. (1)
  • Call instructions to another deck crew member to indicate whether to speed up or slow down the winch to bring up a line. (1)
  • Interact with members of the public when loading and unloading. (1)
  • Communicate with ship's captain and mate to receive orders about steering and loading and to ascertain when to let go lines. (1)
  • Communicate with the stores keeper on the ship to obtain paint or other supplies. (1)
  • Communicate with the ship's engineer to clarify the work of the tug. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure new docking lines to ensure they are the appropriate lengths. (1)
  • Measure the depth of the water using lead lines. (1)
  • Make calculations using a time, speed and distance formula. For example, if the distance between two markers is 10 nautical miles and the distance is covered in 30 minutes, speed of the vessel is 20 knots. (2)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare readings from gauges showing changes in levels in ballast tanks in order to discern possible leakage. (1)
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Numerical Estimation
  • May estimate whether a 24-foot motor home will fit on the car deck by pacing off a space. (1)
  • Estimate how much paint is required to paint the hull of the ship. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Deck crew (water transport) follow set routines under the direction of a commanding officer. They carry out a variety of repetitive tasks such as repairing equipment, loading or unloading the ship, scraping and painting the decks and steering the ship. They have little flexibility in ordering their duties. Their tasks are often integrated with those of other crew members and are often closely supervised. Planning is short term and generally confined to the shift which is underway. Work is organized around the ship's schedule, with some duties taking place at sea and others when the ship is docked. Changes in deck crew's activities may be required to take into account sudden changes in weather. A storm at sea, for instance, will require dropping other responsibilities to rig safety lines on the deck. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide when the wharf is close enough for the line to be thrown ashore. (1)
  • Decide what parts of the ship should be painted. (2)
  • Decide whether lines are tied too tight, given changes in the tides. (2)
  • Decide when pieces of rope need to be respliced. (2)
  • Decide when a rigging is safe for hauling in supplies. (2)
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Problem Solving
  • A vehicle is stuck on the ramp and cannot board the ferry deck. Put boards under the wheels to improve traction. (1)
  • A towing line has broken while towing a scow. Get another line in position quickly or pull alongside the scow and tie alongside. (1)
  • There is uncertainty about what type of rope or splice to use for a specific task. Ask other crew members for advice or check manuals. (2)
  • The gangway has been set up incorrectly, causing too much of a sway. Inspect the gangway, checking that ropes are not frayed and that connections are properly established. Make the necessary adjustments to ensure safety. (2)
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Finding Information
  • Locate information in tide and current tables. (1)
  • Refer to the Ship's Daily Orders for scheduling information. (1)
  • Consult other crew members to get advice on the repair and maintenance of equipment. (2)
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