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Motorboat Operators - 53-5022.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Operate small motor-driven boats. May assist in navigational activities.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Boat Operator
  • Charter Boat Operator
  • Crew Boat Operator
  • Launch Operator
  • Launchman
  • Pilot Boat Operator
  • Watch Leader
  • Water Taxi Operator

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Arrange repairs, fuel, and supplies for vessels.
  • Clean boats and repair hulls and superstructures, using hand tools, paint, and brushes.
  • Direct safety operations in emergency situations.
  • Follow safety procedures to ensure the protection of passengers, cargo, and vessels.
  • Issue directions for loading, unloading, and seating in boats.
  • Maintain desired courses, using compasses or electronic navigational aids.
  • Maintain equipment such as range markers, fire extinguishers, boat fenders, lines, pumps, and fittings.
  • Operate engine throttles and steering mechanisms to guide boats on desired courses.
  • Organize and direct the activities of crew members.
  • Oversee operation of vessels used for carrying passengers, motor vehicles, or goods across rivers, harbors, lakes, and coastal waters.
  • Perform general labor duties such as repairing booms.
  • Position booms around docked ships.
  • Report any observed navigational hazards to authorities.
  • Secure boats to docks with mooring lines, and cast off lines to enable departure.
  • Service motors by performing tasks such as changing oil and lubricating parts.
  • Take depth soundings in turning basins.
  • Tow, push, or guide other boats, barges, logs, or rafts.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Arrange maintenance activities.
  • Clean vessels or marine equipment.
  • Direct emergency management activities.
  • Direct material handling or moving activities.
  • Direct passenger or freight transport activities.
  • Follow safety procedures for vehicle operation.
  • Maintain watercraft engines or machinery.
  • Measure the level or depth of water or other liquids.
  • Notify others of emergencies, problems, or hazards.
  • Operate ships or other watercraft.
  • Position material handling equipment.
  • Secure watercraft to docks, wharves or other vessels.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Boatswain's Mate (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Boatswain's Mate (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cannon Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cavalry Scout (Army - Enlisted)
  • Coastal Riverine Force (CRF) Coxswain (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Combat Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Engineer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Combat Medic Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Rubber Reconnaissance Craft (CRRC) Coxswain (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Critical Skills Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • CWO - Special Warfare Combatant-Craft (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Diver (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Force Protection Boat Coxswain (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • LCAC Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Marine Deck Officer (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Navy Diver (Navy - Enlisted)
  • 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)
  • Reconnaissance Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Rigid Raiding Craft (RRC)/Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) Coxswain (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Special Warfare Boat Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Specialist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Specialist Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Specialist Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Specialist Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Specialist Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Specialist Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Watercraft Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Watercraft Operator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Wheeled Vehicle Repairer (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Dock Hand
  • Motorboat Operator