This page provides a list of many of the primary marine transportation occupations and occupational clusters. The list is intended to be illustrative. It does not contain all occupations available in marine transportation industries and it does not intend to suggest that the duties and responsibilities indicated represent the complete occupational descriptions.




At-Sea Occupations

Deck Officer

    • Master Mariner
    • Master, Intermediate Voyage
    • First Mate, Intermediate Voyage
  • Command Endorsement
  • Watchkeeping Mate (Restricted/Unrestricted)

Engineering Officer

  • Marine Engineer (Class 1-5)

Catering Personnel

  • Cook
  • Chief Steward
  • Purser
  • Caterers

Unlicensed Marine Personnel

  • Bridge Watch
  • Engine Watch

Specialized Operational Personnel

  • Dynamic Positioning (DP) Operator
  • Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Operator
  • Marine Crane Operator

Maintenance Personnel

  • Marine Electrical/Electronics Technician
  • Instrumentation Technician
  • Marine Rigger

Communications Personnel

  • Radio Operations

Shore-Based Occupations

Administrative Personnel

  • Marine Superintendent/Operations Manager
  • Fleet Manager
  • Safety Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Business Personnel (finance, clerical, office, etc.)

Design Personnel

  • Naval Architect
  • Naval Architectural Design Technologist
  • Marine Engineering Design Technologist
  • Draftsperson/CADD Operator


  • Marine Surveyor
  • Marine Lawyer
  • Marine Examiner (Transport Canada)
  • Marine Educator