Marine & Nautical Services
Common careers include:
Marine and nautical employees mainly work offshore on floating
drilling and production facilities, supply and standby vessels,
seismic and chase vessels, petroleum product carriers and tankers,
and tugs. These positions are responsible for the transportation of
passengers and materials, the stabilization of water-based units
and vessels, and the operations, inspection, maintenance and repair
of underwater drilling and production facilities.
A career in marine and nautical services might be for you if you
have the following skills, interests and abilities:
- Perform well in a working environment
that is prone to rough seas, inclement weather and
- Willing to work with hazardous
materials and dangerous equipment.
- Can handle physical exertion and
exposure to heights.
- Comfortable with shift work, long
hours and changes in routine.
- Can perform in-water exercises, for
example, exit from and entry into water.
- Comfortable with helicopter and boat
travel and possible basket transfer.
- Able to work in confined, close
quarters with limited privacy.
- Has a strong sense of camaraderie and
can rely on teamwork to get the job done.
- Capable of working away from home for
prolonged periods, sometimes up to three weeks.
- Like extended periods of
Two career streams exist for marine and nautical services: the
first, experience-based and the second, academic-based. Mobility is
based upon successful completion of training courses and exams
specified by Transport Canada. Formal post-secondary
training requirements may not apply if an individual has the
necessary related marine engineering experience and is certified by
Transport Canada's progressive level of certification.
|Grade of certification
|Marine Engineer First Class
||Act as a chief engineer in any ship of any power on any
|Marine Engineer Second Class
||Act as a second engineer in a ship of any power on any voyage,
or as a chief engineer in a ship of moderate power on any
|Marine Engineer Third Class
||Act as a watch-keeping engineer in any ship of any power on any
voyage. In addition, the individual will be able to act as a chief
engineer on ships sailing with limited power on certain
|Marine Engineer Fourth Class
||Act as a watch-keeping engineer in a ship of any power on any
Here are some of the other requirements for specific
|Ballast control operator
- 12 weeks of on-the-job training and experience as an entry
|Commercial marine diver
- Graduation from an accredited
commercial dive school.
- Certification from the Canadian Diver
- Some relevant commercial diving
- CPR training.
- Diving medical authorization from an
approved hyperbaric physician.
|Dynamic positioning operator
- Possession of a Second Mates
- Three to five years of related
experience in offshore drilling operations.
- Diploma or certificate in Wireless
Telecommunication Technology, Emergency Service Telecommunications
or related education.
|ROV pilot and operator
- One to two years of formal
electrical/electronic coursework coupled with approximately three
or more years of marine-related experience.
|Marine seismic observer
- Some land or sea seismic crew experience as a shooter, blaster
Typically, entry-level positions that may lead to deck officer
and engineering officer careers are marine positions such as
deckhands, engine room assistants and able seamen.
Offshore operations are usually in remote locations and may
require extended periods of time away from home. Shift or
rotational work may mean two weeks on, followed by one week of
Most of the newer vessels offer air conditioning, soundproofing
and pleasant crew quarters. On platforms, the food is generally
very good. Larger vessels and platforms provide television, game
rooms, comfortable sleeping quarters and access to computers,
Internet and e-mail.
Safety-sensitive positions have strict requirements related to
being drug and alcohol free.
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