The maritime and transportation industry offers exciting work, an important mission, and a well-paying career. Some of the best fields to look into in the industry – fields where there is a huge need for workers – are:
•  marine electricians
•  welders
•  offshore wind technicians
•  nuclear test technicians
•  modeling and simulation technicians
•  marine design architects and engineers
•  green technologies
•  marine composites

Preparing for a Career in the Maritime and Transportation Industry

Do you enjoy working…
...with your hands?
...outdoors or in non-traditional environments?
...on teams? situations where you have to solve problems creatively?

If you think you might be interested in a career in the maritime and transportation industry here are the classes you should take while you’re still in school to make you an attractive candidate:
•  Algebra I and II
•  Geometry
•  Earth or Environmental Science
•  Physics
•  Tech Ed classes in manufacturing, engineering, technology, electronics, construction, or computer applications

In addition employers like to see applicants who have practical experience within their area of interest. Join clubs, pursue internships, and get part-time or summer jobs that give you hands-on work opportunities.

Most middle-skill positions within the maritime and transportation industry do not require you to have a college degree. To advance within the industry you may be able to go into a company’s apprenticeship program and take work-related courses at a local community college and work toward a two-year Associates of Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) degree. Many maritime companies will pay for an employee’s higher education if the course of study directly relates to job needs.

Bridge and Lock Tender

Operate and tend bridges, canal locks, and lighthouses to permit marine passage on inland waterways, near shores, and at danger points in waterway passages. May supervise such operations. Includes drawbridge operators, lock operators, and slip bridge... Read More...


- Steer and operate vessels, using radios, depth finders, radars, lights, buoys, or lighthouses. - Compute positions, set courses, and determine speeds, using charts, area plotting sheets, compasses, sextants, and knowledge of local conditions. - In... Read More...

Chief Engineer

- Monitor the availability, use, or condition of lifesaving equipment or pollution preventatives to ensure that international regulations are followed. - Monitor engine, machinery, or equipment indicators when vessels are underway and report abnorma... Read More...


Fitters read, interpret, plan and execute from drawing and procedures to assemble the structural parts of ships. They measure, cut, grind, fit, align and tack weld parts of all sizes to the large sub-assemblies and super lifts that form the structura... Read More...

Gantry Crane Operator - Port

- Operate cranes, cherry pickers, or other moving equipment to lift and move loads, such as machinery or bulk materials - Inspects cables and grappling devices for wear, and installs or replaces cables - Directs helpers engaged in placing blocking a... Read More...

Inside Machinist

Inside machinists operate a wide variety of machines (manual and/or CNC) such as lathes, mills, vertical machining centers, horizontal boring mills, etc. Inside machinists use machines and computer software including computer-aided design (CD), sprea... Read More...

Marine Coatings/Brush Painter

Marine painters select and apply appropriate coatings to ship surfaces to protect steel and other surfaces from rust and corrosion, protect the underwater portion from the attachment of marine life, and enhance the general appearance of the ship. Pai... Read More...

Marine Electrician

Install, repair, overhaul, and test electrical systems aboard a ship. Electricians can work on many electrical systems aboard a ship including lighting, power distribution, communication or navigation. They read and interpret complex electrical and e... Read More...

Marine Welder

Install, repair, and fabricate materials out of metal for use on ships and ports. Cut and weld steel using manual and power tools including accessory equipment, inspect products for quality and to ensure specifications are met. Welders perform tack, ... Read More...

Mate - Chief

- Steer vessels, using navigational devices, such as compasses or sextants, or navigational aids, such as lighthouses or buoys. - Stand watches on vessels during specified periods while vessels are under way. - Second in command to the ship captain ... Read More...