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Mates- Ship, Boat, and Barge - 53-5021.02

O*NET-SOC Description

Supervise or coordinate activities of crew aboard ships, boats, barges, or dredges.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Able Bodied Seaman (AB Seaman)
  • Able Bodied Tankerman (AB Tankerman)
  • Deck Engineer
  • Deckhand
  • First Mate
  • Mate
  • Relief Master
  • Relief Mate
  • Tugboat Mate
  • Vessel Master

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Arrange for ships to be stocked, fueled, or repaired.
  • Assume command of vessels in the event that ships' masters become incapacitated.
  • Determine geographical positions of ships, using lorans, azimuths of celestial bodies, or computers, and use this information to determine the course and speed of a ship.
  • Inspect equipment, such as cargo-handling gear, lifesaving equipment, visual-signaling equipment, or fishing, towing, or dredging gear, to detect problems.
  • Observe loading or unloading of cargo or equipment to ensure that handling and storage are performed according to specifications.
  • Observe water from ships' mastheads to advise on navigational direction.
  • Participate in activities related to maintenance of vessel security.
  • Stand watches on vessels during specified periods while vessels are under way.
  • Steer vessels, using navigational devices, such as compasses or sextants, or navigational aids, such as lighthouses or buoys.
  • Supervise crew members in the repair or replacement of defective gear or equipment.
  • Supervise crews in cleaning or maintaining decks, superstructures, or bridges.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust routes or speeds as necessary.
  • Arrange maintenance activities.
  • Determine geographic coordinates.
  • Direct maintenance or repair activities.
  • Direct passenger or freight transport activities.
  • Inspect material-moving equipment to detect problems.
  • Monitor surroundings to detect potential hazards.
  • Monitor work environment to ensure safety or adherence to specifications.
  • Operate ships or other watercraft.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aids to Navigation (Coast Guard - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Boat Crew Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Boat Group Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Boatswain (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)
  • Boatswain Specialty (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)
  • Boatswain's Mate (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Boatswain's Mate (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Bridge Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cannon Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Causeway Barge Ferry Coxswain (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cavalry Scout (Army - Enlisted)
  • Chief of The Boat (All Submarines) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Chief of the Boat (COB) (All Submarines) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Combat Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Engineer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Combat Medic Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Convoy Commodore Staff Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Critical Skills Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • CWO - Boatswain, Surface (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • CWO - Special Warfare Combatant-Craft (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Deep Submergence Vehicle (DSV) Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Deep Submergence Vehicle Crewmember (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Deep Submergence Vehicle Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Electronics Technician, Submarine, Navigation (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Executive Officer, Afloat (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • First Lieutenant, Afloat (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ice Operations (Coast Guard - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Infantryman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Landing Craft Air Cushion Deck Engineer (Navy - Enlisted)
  • LDO - Deck, Surface (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • M1 Armor Crewman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Marine Deck Officer (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Marine Engineering Officer (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Military Police (Army - Enlisted)
  • Minesweeping Boatswain's Mate (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Navy Lighterage Deck Supervisor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Operations Officer, Afloat (General) (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Pararescue (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Quartermaster (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Quartermaster (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Quartermaster Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Reconnaissance Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • RL - Engineering Duty Officer - Ship Engineering (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • RL - Special Duty Officer - Strategic Sealift Officer (SSO) (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ship's Boatswain (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Ship's Navigator (General) (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Ship's Navigator (Inertial Systems) (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Ships and Boats Mate (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Special Warfare Boat Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Surface Ship Watch/Division Officer (Basic) (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • URL - Surface Warfare (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Watercraft Operator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Wheeled Vehicle Repairer (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Officer in Charge of Naval Watch

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Cadet, Deck
  • Dredge Mate
  • Mate, Fishing Vessel
  • Mate, Ship
  • Tugboat Mate