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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 652D
Category: Marine-Ferry & Aircraft


Under the direction of the Marine Vessel Operator, performs duties related to the overall vessel operation, emergency maintenance and passenger safety.

Typical Work

Under direction of the vessel Captain, assists in the navigation of the vessel;

In the event the Captain becomes incapacitated, navigates the vessel to safety;

Under the direction of the Captain, inspects the vessel and its operational and navigational equipment to ensure they are in good operating condition in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations;

Under the direction of the Captain, operates navigation equipment including radars, VHF radios and electronic chart systems;

Under the direction of the Captain, may serve as lookout, steer the vessel and/or operate navigation instruments during restricted visibility and/or inclement weather;

Maintains navigational watch while underway;

Assist with docking and undocking the vessel;

Leads one or more lower level deckhands;

Assists in fueling operations;

Positions, secures, and monitors passenger boarding gangway;

Monitors and records machinery and equipment operating parameters while underway;

Makes periodic inspections of engine room and relays deficiencies to the vessel Captain;

Lubricates and services vessel engines and makes emergency repairs;

Performs routine maintenance and minor repairs to vessel and machinery;

Assists marine maintenance staff carrying out routine vessel maintenance or repairs;

Maintains and records accurate passenger and vehicle counts during boarding;

Conducts safety and security rounds while underway;

Conducts security sweep of vessel after passengers disembark;

Assists passengers with loading, and directs placement of baggage and/or cargo;

Participates in drills in order to be prepared for emergency response.

Lowers the apron section of a barge slip to the level of the vessel to permit embarkation and debarkation of vehicles and passengers;

Directs traffic to the proper lanes on/off the vessel using visual and verbal signals; blocks the wheels of vehicles parked on the vessel.

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 GED.


Two years of paid work experience in a trades or mechanical occupation, which includes one year of experience in the marine industry as a deck or engine crew.

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class: Adopted June 22, 2023; effective July 1, 2023.