Women: Careers

There are a wide variety of challenging and rewarding technician positions across all four segments of the maritime and transportation industry:

 Learn more about the opportunities in the career snapshots below!

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...

Captain

- 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...

Fitter

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...