7532 – Water transport deck and engine room crew | Canada NOC |

7532 – Water transport deck and engine room crew

Water transport deck and engine room crew stand watch, operate and maintain deck equipment, perform other deck and bridge duties and assist ship engineer officers to operate, maintain and repair engines, machinery and auxiliary equipment aboard ships or self-propelled vessels. They are employed by marine transportation companies and federal government departments.


Index of titles

Example titles

Able seaman/woman (except armed forces)

Barge deckhand


Boatswain – water transport

Boiler tender – ships


Deckhand – ships

Dredge deckhand

Engine and boiler room crew member – ships

Engine room crew member – ship

Engine room greaser – marine

Engine room greaser – water transport

Engine room mechanical assistant – ships

Ferryboat deckhand

Helmsman/woman – water transport

Log boom tugboat deckhand

Marine engine oiler

Marine engineering mechanic

Marine engineering technician

Marine oiler

Mechanical assistant – water transport

Ordinary seaman/woman (except armed forces)

Pump seaman/woman

Pumpman/woman – ships



Ship boiler tender

Ship engine room greaser

Ship engine room mechanical assistant

Ship stoker

Ship tunnel operator

Ship tunnelman/woman

Ship watchman/woman

Ship’s carpenter

Stoker – ships

Tanker pumper – ship

Tugboat deckhand


Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Stand watch and steer ship or self-propelled vessel under the direction of the officer on watch

Operate, maintain and repair deck equipment such as winches, cranes, derricks and hawsers

Assist ship engineer officers in performing routine maintenance work and repair to ship’s engine, machinery and auxiliary equipment

Monitor engine, machinery and equipment indicators, record variables and report abnormalities to ship engineer officer on watch

Lubricate moving parts of engines, machinery and auxiliary equipment

Operate and maintain off-loading liquid pumps and valves

Clean engine parts and keep engine room clean

Clean, chip and paint deck surfaces

Handle mooring lines, and splice and repair ropes, wire cables and cordage.

Employment requirements

Some secondary school education is required.

On-the-job training is provided.

Additional information

Training and testing for various endorsements and certification, including the Marine Emergency Duty (MED) certificate, occur following employment as a deck crew member.

Senior positions in this unit group, such as able seaman/woman, require experience.

Progression to deck or ship engineer officer positions is possible with experience, additional training and deck officer certification by Transport Canada.


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