Job Profile:      Able Bodied Seaman (AB Seaman)

Command or supervise operations of ships and water vessels, such as tugboats and ferryboats. Required to hold license issued by U.S. Coast Guard.

Job Information
71,910 107,850 206,310

Select Tasks
Prevent ships under navigational control from engaging in unsafe operations. Serve as a vessel's docking master upon arrival at a port or at a berth. Consult maps, charts, weather reports, or navigation equipment to determine and direct ship movements.
Steer and operate vessels, using radios, depth finders, radars, lights, buoys, or lighthouses. Operate ship-to-shore radios to exchange information needed for ship operations. Dock or undock vessels, sometimes maneuvering through narrow spaces, such as locks.
Stand watches on vessels during specified periods while vessels are under way. Inspect vessels to ensure efficient and safe operation of vessels and equipment and conformance to regulations. Read gauges to verify sufficient levels of hydraulic fluid, air pressure, or oxygen.
Report to appropriate authorities any violations of federal or state pilotage laws. Provide assistance in maritime rescue operations. Signal passing vessels, using whistles, flashing lights, flags, or radios.
Measure depths of water, using depth-measuring equipment. Maintain boats or equipment on board, such as engines, winches, navigational systems, fire extinguishers, or life preservers. Signal crew members or deckhands to rig tow lines, open or close gates or ramps, or pull guard chains across entries.
Advise ships' masters on harbor rules and customs procedures. Maintain records of daily activities, personnel reports, ship positions and movements, ports of call, weather and sea conditions, pollution control efforts, or cargo or passenger status. Observe loading or unloading of cargo or equipment to ensure that handling and storage are performed according to specifications.
Calculate sightings of land, using electronic sounding devices and following contour lines on charts. Learn to operate new technology systems and procedures through instruction, simulators, or models. Direct or coordinate crew members or workers performing activities such as loading or unloading cargo, steering vessels, operating engines, or operating, maintaining, or repairing ship equipment.
Arrange for ships to be fueled, restocked with supplies, or repaired. Supervise crews in cleaning or maintaining decks, superstructures, or bridges. Purchase supplies or equipment.
Tow and maneuver barges or signal tugboats to tow barges to destinations. Perform various marine duties, such as checking for oil spills or other pollutants around ports or harbors or patrolling beaches. Assign watches or living quarters to crew members.
Interview and hire crew members. Conduct safety drills such as man overboard or fire drills.

Select Abilities
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures. The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you. The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources). The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part. The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists. The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object. The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs. The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion. The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). The ability to see details at a distance. The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
The ability to see under low light conditions. The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead. The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting. The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated. The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Tools Used
Bolt cutters Bridge to bridge radiotelephones Bulk carriers
Carbon dioxide CO2 fire extinguishing systems Carbon dioxide CO2 flooding systems Cargo derricks
Centrifugal cargo pumps Chain cargo falls Chemical tankers
Claw hammers Container lift trucks Container ships
Crescent wrenches Cruise ships Desktop computers
Differential global positioning satellite DGPS positioning systems Differential global positioning systems DGPS Dividers
Drafting triangles Dynamic positioning DP systems Echo sounders
Electric deck cranes Electric mooring winches Electric telegraphs
Electric windlasses Electronic chart display and information systems ECDIS Emergency fire pumps
Emergency generators Fathometer sonar equipment Ferries
Fire alarm switches Firefighting suits First aid kits
Foam fire extinguishing systems Gear pumps Global Navigation Satellite System GNSS
Global positioning systems GPS Grabbing cranes Gyrocompasses
Hand capstans Hand punches Hand windlasses
High frequency HF radiotelephone systems Hydraulic capstans Hydraulic deck cranes
Hydraulic mooring winches Hydraulic windlasses Immersion suits
Integrated bridge systems Laptop computers Life buoys
Life jackets Life rafts Life vests
Lifeboat davits Lifting slings Lifting spreaders
Line throwing appliances Locking jaw pliers Long range navigation LORAN systems
Magnet hoists Magnetic compasses Manual winches
Mechanical pilot hoists Mechanical telegraphs Mooring cables
Mooring chains Mooring winches Natural fiber mooring ropes
Navigational compasses Oil tanker ships Parallel plotters
Parallel rules Personal computers Pilot ladders
Pipe wrenches Portable carbon dioxide fire extinguishers Portable dry chemical fire extinguishers
Portable water fire extinguishers Pyrotechnic distress signals Radio direction finders RDF
Rescue slings Respirators Rotary displacement pumps
Safety belts Safety glasses Safety harnesses
Safety helmets Safety lanyards Screw displacement pumps
Semaphores Sextants Sharpening steels
Sheave blocks Ship alarm systems Ship anchor chocks
Ship's whistles Ship-to-shore radios Shipboard radar
Signal flags Signal light controls Signal lights
Sounding rods Sounding tapes Spanner wrenches
Steam winches Steering control systems Surveillance binoculars
Synthetic mooring ropes Thermal protective aids TPA Totally enclosed motor propelled survival craft TEMPSC
Tugboats Two way radios Ultra high frequency UHF radiotelephone systems
Very high frequency VHF radiotelephone systems Voice pipes Voyage management systems VMS
Wind gauges Workshop vises

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