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.
If you have the following skills, interests and abilities a
career in Marine & Nautical Services might be for you:
- Performs 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 and having limited privacy
- Has a strong sense of camaraderie and
relying on teamwork to get the job done and for
- Capable of working away from home for
prolonged periods, sometimes up to three weeks
- Likes extended periods of time
Two career streams exist for Marine & Nautical Services: one
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
|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
- 3-5 years of related experience in
offshore drilling operations.
- As a trainee, you undertake extensive
GPS and dynamic position simulator training and
- Diploma or certificate in Wireless
Telecommunication Technology, Emergency Service Telecommunications
or related education.
- Employer typically provides
ROV Pilot and Operator:
- 1-2 years of formal
electrical/electronic coursework coupled with approximately 3 or
more years of marine-related experience.
- On-the-job training is also
Marine Seismic Observers:
- Some land or sea seismic crew
experience as a Shooter/Blaster and/or Recorder.
- Most employers provide on-the-job
training in safety and operations.
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 off of the work site.
- 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
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