Educators: Careers

The maritime and transportation industry offers exciting work, an important mission, and a well-paying career. Some of the best fields for your students to consider in the industry are:
•  marine electricians
•  welders
•  offshore wind technicians
•  nuclear test technicians
•  modeling and simulation technicians
•  marine design architects and engineers
•  captains or engineers
•  freight agent

Preparing for a Career in the Maritime and Transportation Industry

Students who enjoy working...
...with their hands
...outdoors or in non-traditional environments
...on teams situations where they have to solve problems creatively
may be a perfect fit for the industry.

Encourage students to get academically prepared by taking suggested classes to make you a more attractive candidate for hiring and especially an employer's registered apprenticeship program :Anne_wernikoff_88.JPG
•  Algebra I and II
•  Geometry
•  Trigonometry
•  Earth or Environmental Science
•  Physics
•  Tech Ed classes in manufacturing, engineering, technology, electronics, construction, or computer applications

Download a copy of the "SMART Pathway into the Maritime and Transportation Industry" pathway to share with your students.

In addition employers like to see applicants who have practical experience within their area of interest. By joining clubs, pursuing internships, and getting part-time or summer jobs that provide hands-on work opportunities they will increase their chances of being hired for a well-paying job that offers full-time benefits and great opportuntiies for advancement.

Most middle-skill positions within the maritime and transportation industry do not require students to have a college degree. To advance within the industry they may want go apply for a company’s registered 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.

O*NET Online is an excellent resource for your students and their parents to learn more about possible career pathways into the maritime and transportation industry. Encourage your students to learn more about the types of jobs they can excel at in our country's shipyards, ports, marinas, and out on the ocean!

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...