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NOC Code: NOC Code: 8441 Occupation: Fishing vessel deckhands
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Fishing vessel deckhands perform a variety of manual tasks on commercial fishing voyages, and maintain fishing vessels. They are employed by establishments that operate commercial fishing vessels and by self-employed fishermen/women. Fishing vessel deckhands perform a variety of manual tasks on commercial fishing voyages, and maintain fishing vessels. They are employed by establishments that operate commercial fishing vessels and by self-employed fishermen/women.

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

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  • Read notes from co-workers with reminders of tasks to be completed. (1)
  • Read about lifting limitations and boat stability in the Workers' Compensation Manual. (2)
  • Read articles and bulletins in the newspaper and from the union to keep up-to-date about events that affect the fishing industry. (2)
  • Read step-by-step instructions in manuals on boat and engine repair. (2)
  • Read navigational updates from the Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans. (2)
  • Read memos from the Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans indicating changes in policies and procedures. (2)
  • Consult a first aid manual. (2)
  • Read memos outlining watch duties for the deckhands. (2)
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  • Record weather conditions. (1)
  • Record information about parts on the engine that have been changed or any problems with the engine. (1)
  • Write brief reminder notes to co-workers. (1)
  • Keep a record of the number of fish each crew member catches, their weight and species. (1)
  • Record in a logbook the time of arrival at a destination. (1)
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Document Use
  • Enter information into engine logs. (1)
  • Read to-do lists that are left by the skipper. (1)
  • Read safety and fire drill signs on the boat and in the shipyard. (1)
  • Read the engine log to determine the number of hours of fuel consumption remaining in the tank. (1)
  • Read labels on parts that are needed for repairs, on food supplies and on the ship's control panel. (1)
  • Read the ship's floor plan. (2)
  • Refer to net drawings when creating or fixing a net. (2)
  • Complete a Ministry of Natural Resources form each day at the dock. (2)
  • Read and interpret the depth sounder screen which shows the depth of the water, in fathoms, and the shapes of objects in the water. Read the number of fathoms to determine the length of buoy line to prepare. (2)
  • Read and interpret nautical charts and maps to plan navigation routes. These also show where the rocks and shoals are located. (3)
  • Use assembly drawings that accompany parts used for repairing the ship. (3)
  • Monitor the global positioning system (GPS) chart plotter and radar to watch for icebergs and ships and to keep the ship on course. (3)
  • Read tide tables to plan when to pass through a channel. (3)
  • Use schematic drawings when fixing the engine or the automatic jig line. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Take readings from depth sounders. (1)
  • Use computerized equipment. For example, use a computerized course plotter such as the global positioning system (GPS). Read data and interpret maps on the screen to find out which direction to steer. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Talk with other crew members when bringing in the line to co-ordinate work efficiently and safely or to inform them of any problems with equipment. (1)
  • Inform the captain of unfamiliar objects shown on the radar screen. (1)
  • Listen for instructions or warnings shouted by the captain or crew members, such as "Anchor's over!" which indicates it is time to drop the lines. (1)
  • Use the radio traffic channel on the marine radio to give the ship's position and to ask for traffic and weather information. (1)
  • Listen for distress signals on the marine radio. (1)
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Money Math
  • Accept cash payments and make change for fish sold at dockside. (1)
  • Calculate bills for net repair, calculating the charge by the hour plus the cost of materials. (2)
  • Calculate the percentage of the total daily catch for which you are to be paid. You are paid on a percentage basis. (2)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Keep track of the amount of money spent on groceries. (1)
  • Determine the amount of supplies to be ordered for the ship taking into account the size of the crew and the length of the trip. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Read oil, water, fuel and revolutions per minute (rpm) gauges to ensure they are within operating ranges. (1)
  • Count the number of bait pieces used and the number of hooks that break off during a set. (1)
  • Measure the length of a net or a line that needs repair or replacement. (1)
  • Measure and weigh fish. They are separated into different boxes depending on their dimensions and weight. (1)
  • Count the number of full boxes of fish and calculate the total weight of the catch by multiplying by a constant of 80 pounds. Half boxes are counted as 40 pounds. (2)
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Data Analysis
  • Calculate the ratio of male to female capelin in a catch. (2)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the amount of slack needed in a rope when tying a boat up to allow for tidal changes. (1)
  • Estimate by feel, size and experience how much a fish weighs. (1)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • The tasks of fishing vessel deckhands are routine and repetitive. They are assigned tasks by their supervisor and co-ordinate their tasks with co-workers. (1)
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Decision Making
  • Decide what meals to cook for the crew. (1)
  • Decide how closely to pack fish and how much ice to pack them in. (1)
  • Decide which fish or shellfish to keep and which to throw back. (2)
  • Contribute to a crew decision on whether to weather a storm or head back to shore. The captain makes the final decision based on the recommendation. (2)
  • Decide when it is necessary to cut a net to free it from a log. (2)
  • Decide which lines and bait will be used and how much bait to use. (2)
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Problem Solving
  • Boxes of fish are tipping on the deck. Stack the boxes so they do not fall. (1)
  • There are frayed ropes which could present a safety hazard. Splice the rope before it wears further. (1)
  • The nets are getting tangled as they are hauled in. Signal to the winch operators to stop until the net is unhooked. (1)
  • Engine malfunctions have occurred. Perform minor repairs on the engine and other equipment. (2)
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Finding Information
  • Contact the traffic channel by radio to give the ship's position and to find out if there is other traffic nearby. (1)
  • Ask for information from supervisors or co-workers, such as the species of an unusual fish or how to tie a particular knot. (1)
  • Refer to repair manuals to repair engines and other equipment. (2)
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