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Ship Pilot

Salary: $400,000


1) Consult maps, charts, weather reports, and navigation equipment to determine and direct ship movements.

2) Direct courses and speeds of ships, based on specialized knowledge of local winds, weather, water depths, tides, currents, and hazards.

3) Give directions to crew members who are steering ships.

4) Operate ship-to-shore radios to exchange information needed for ship operations.

5) Prevent ships under their navigational control from engaging in unsafe operations.

6) Provide assistance to vessels approaching or leaving seacoasts, navigating harbors, and docking and undocking.
7) Serve as a vessel's docking master upon arrival at a port and when at a berth.

8) Set ships' courses that avoid reefs, outlying shoals, and other hazards, utilizing navigational aids such as lighthouses and buoys.

9) Steer ships into and out of berths, or signal tugboat captains to berth and unberth ships.

10) Advise ships' masters on harbor rules and customs procedures.

11) Learn to operate new technology systems and procedures, through the use of instruction, simulators, and models.

12) Maintain and repair boats and equipment.

13) Maintain ship logs.

14) Oversee cargo storage on or below decks.

15) Provide assistance in maritime rescue operations.

16) Relieve crew members on tugs and launches.

17) Report to appropriate authorities any violations of federal or state pilotage laws.

18) Make nautical maps.

Skills Need

1) Operation and Control -- Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

2) Monitoring -- Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

3) Judgment and Decision Making -- Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

4) Operation Monitoring -- Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

5) Critical Thinking -- Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

6) Systems Evaluation -- Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

7) Reading Comprehension -- Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

8) Active Listening -- Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

9) Systems Analysis -- Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

10) Complex Problem Solving -- Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

11) Speaking -- Talking to others to convey information effectively.

12) Mathematics -- Using mathematics to solve problems.

13) Management of Personnel Resources -- Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

14) Coordination -- Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

15) Science -- Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Education Needed

Maritime Academy graduate (typically, but not necessary)

Significant professional mariner (seagoing) experience required, typically culminating at captain level

Valid U.S. Coast Guard credentials and licensing