7533 – Boat and cable ferry operators and related occupations | Canada NOC |

7533 – Boat and cable ferry operators and related occupations

Boat and cable ferry operators and workers in related occupations operate lock gates, bridges and similar equipment along canal systems and operate cable ferries and ferry terminals. This unit group also includes boat operators, and owner-operators, who operate small motorboats or watercraft to transport passengers or freight. They are employed by the federal government, cable ferry companies, ferry terminals, marine companies and canal, port or harbour authorities. Owner-operators of small boats are self-employed.


Index of titles

Example titles

Barge captain

Barge operator


Bridge attendant – canal lock systems

Bridge keeper – lock system


Bridgemaster – lock systems

Cable ferry deckhand

Cable ferry operator

Canal lock operator

Canal lock tender

Canal lockman/woman

Charter boat captain

Charter boat master

Charter boat operator

Dry dock worker – shipbuilding

Ferry terminal attendant

Ferry terminal worker

Launch captain

Launch master

Launch operator

Launch owner-operator

Lighthouse keeper

Lineshandler – canal lock system

Linesman/woman – canal lock system

Loading bridge operator

Loading bridge operator – ferry

Lock operator


Manual cable ferry operator

Motor boat operator

Motor launch operator

Motorboat captain

Motorboat operator

Power cable ferry operator

Reaction ferry operator

Repair ship owner-operator

Scow captain

Scow operator

Sightseeing boat captain

Sightseeing boat master

Sightseeing boat operator

Small craft operator

Water bus captain

Water bus master

Water bus operator

Water taxi captain

Water taxi master

Water taxi operator

Workboat operator

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Lock equipment operators

Operate telecommunication equipment or use portable loudspeakers to direct movements of vessels in lock area

Operate controls to open or close lock gates

Operate controls to raise, lower or turn bridges

Observe progress of vessels passing through locks.

Cable ferry operators

Signal passengers and motor vehicles to embark and disembark

Operate cable ferry across narrow waterway

Perform routine maintenance and repairs to engine, cables and winches.

Ferry terminal workers

Operate controls to adjust landing bridge, position or remove gangplank, open or close doors and gates, and secure or remove docking devices

Signal passengers and motor vehicles to embark and disembark

May collect tickets or fares from passengers.

Boat operators

Operate motorboats, launches, small ferry boats and other similar vessels to transport passengers or freight

Maintain boats and equipment on board, such as engines, winches, derricks, fire extinguishers and life preservers

May perform other duties, such as checking for oil spills or other pollutants around ports and harbours, patrolling beaches and measuring depth of water.

Employment requirements

Some secondary school education is usually required.

On-the-job training is provided.

Master, Master Limited or Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) Certificate, issued by Transport Canada, is required for boat operators.

Marine Emergency Duties (MED) training is required for boat operators and crew members.

Additional information

There is little or no mobility among lock equipment operators, cable ferry operators and ferry terminal workers.

Mobility between boat operators in this unit group is possible.

Progression from boat operator positions to deck officer positions is possible with additional training, experience and certification.


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