Sailors Job Description

by Writing Team on May 12, 2010

The Sailor stand watch to look for obstructions in path of vessel, measure water depth, turn wheel on bridge, or use emergency equipment as directed by captain, mate, or pilot. The Sailor breaks out, rig, overhauls, and store cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear. The Sailor performs a variety of maintenance tasks to preserve the painted surface of the ship and to maintain line and ship equipment. The Sailor must hold government-issued certification and tanker man certification when working aboard liquid-carrying vessels.

The Tasks for Sailors

  • The Sailor maintains government issued certifications as required.

  • The Sailor lowers and man lifeboats when emergencies occur.

  • The Sailor stands by wheels when ships are on automatic pilot, and verify accuracy of courses, using magnetic compasses.

  • The Sailor steers ships under the direction of commanders or navigating officers, or direct helmsmen to steer, following designated courses.

  • The Sailor handles lines to moor vessels to wharfs, to tie up vessels to other vessels, or to rig towing lines.

  • The Sailor stands watch in ships’ bows or bridge wings in order to look for obstructions in a ship’s path or to locate navigational aids such as buoys and lighthouses.

  • The Sailor stands gangway watches to prevent unauthorized persons from boarding ships while they are in port.

  • The Sailor overhauls lifeboats and lifeboat gear, and lower or raise lifeboats with winches or falls.

  • The Sailor operates, maintains, and repairs ship equipment such as winches, cranes, derricks, and weapons system.

  • The Sailor loads or unloads materials from vessels.

The Sailor needs knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. The Sailor needs knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. The Sailors needs knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits. The Sailor needs knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Skill requirement for sailors

  • The Sailor must give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, and asking questions as appropriate.

  • The Sailor adjusts his actions in relation to others’ actions.

  • The Sailor understands written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

  • The Sailor must have the skill to talk to others to convey information effectively.

  • The Sailor performs routine maintenance on equipment and determines when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

  • The Sailor selects and uses training methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

  • The Sailor must understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem solving and decision making.

  • The Sailor must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

  • The Sailor is responsible to teach others how to do something pertaining to the job function.

  • The Sailor must be able to motivate, develop and direct others in the crew as they work, identifying the best people for each different job function.

The Sailor identifies information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. The Sailor uses hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. The Sailor is responsible for inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. The Sailor monitors and reviews information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. The Sailor uses either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes not including computers or vehicles. The Sailor observes, receives, and otherwise obtains information from all relevant sources in doing his job function. The Sailor must run, maneuver, navigate, or drive vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft or water craft. The Sailor must provide information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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