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74201 – Water transport deck and engine room crew

Water transport deck and engine room crew stand watch, operate and maintain deck equipment, perform other deck and bridge duties and assist ship engineer officers to operate, maintain and repair engines, machinery and auxiliary equipment aboard ships or self-propelled vessels. They are employed by marine transportation companies and federal government departments.


Example titles

  • Able seaman/woman (except armed forces)
  • Boatswain - water transport
  • Deckhand
  • Engine room crew member - ship
  • Helmsman/woman - water transport
  • Marine engine oiler
  • Marine engineering mechanic
  • Ship stoker
  • Ship tunnel operator

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Deck crew - water transport
  • Stand watch and steer ship or self-propelled vessel under the direction of the officer on watch
  • Operate, maintain and repair deck equipment such as winches, cranes, derricks and hawsers
  • Clean, chip and paint deck surfaces
  • Handle mooring lines, and splice and repair ropes, wire cables and other cordage
  • Load, discharge and secure ship cargo.
Engine room crew - water transport
  • Assist ship engineer officers in performing routine maintenance work and repair to ship's engine, machinery and auxiliary equipment
  • Monitor engine, machinery and equipment indicators, record variables and report abnormalities to ship engineer officer on watch
  • Lubricate moving parts of engines, machinery and auxiliary equipment
  • Operate and maintain off-loading liquid pumps and valves
  • Maintain engine parts and keep engine room clean.

Employment requirements

  • Some secondary school education is required.
  • On-the-job training is provided.

Additional information

  • Progression to deck or ship engineer officer positions is possible with experience, additional training and deck officer certification by Transport Canada.
  • Senior positions in this unit group, such as able seaman/woman, require experience.
  • Training and testing for various endorsements and certification, including the Marine Emergency Duty (MED) certificate, occur following employment as a deck crew member.


  • Deck officers, water transport (72602)
  • Fishing vessel deckhands (84121)
  • Engineer officers, water transport (72603)
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