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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 653P
Category: Marine-Ferry & Aircraft


Under close supervision, assists higher-level crew in the operation and maintenance of marine vessels carrying vehicles, passengers and/or cargo.

Typical Work

Lowers the apron section of a vessel slip to the level of the vessel to permit embarkation and debarkation of vehicles and passengers; adjust the loading ramp system as necessary to accommodate various vehicle types and weights;

Directs traffic to the proper lanes on/off the vessel using visual and verbal signals; ensures that vehicles are parked so as to properly balance the vessel; blocks the wheels of vehicles parked on the vessel;

Secures the vessel upon docking; casts off lines upon embarking;

Keeps watch on passenger safety;

Keeps the vessel deck clean and free from debris, snow, and ice;

Assists in lubricating and servicing engines, running gear, and winches;

Assists in periodic inspections of engine room;

Becomes familiar with fire extinguishing and lifesaving procedures and assists accordingly in the case of such emergency;

Clears debris from the roadway and the shore adjacent to the landings;

Assists in vessel fueling operations;

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

High school graduation or possession of a GED certificate.


One year of paid work experience in a trades or mechanical occupation.

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class: 12-1-65
Note added regarding physical examination: 10-73
Revised Highways Maintenance Class Study, code change (formerly 7370): 7-1-75
Revised title (formerly Ferry Operator 1): 1-13-89
Revised definition and minimum qualifications: 9-10-93
Revised new class code: (formerly 71820) effective July 1, 2007
Salary adjustment; revised definition and typical work; adopted June 13, 2019; effective July 1, 2019.