Ship and Hovercraft Officers

Ship and hovercraft officers command and navigate ships and other craft, co-ordinate the activities of officers and deck and engine room ratings, operate and maintain communications equipment on board ship and undertake minor repairs to engines, boilers and other mechanical and electrical equipment.


New workers
£ 30,506
£ 52,931
£ 103,446

Available jobs

In the past year there were 7,660 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Maintains log of vessel.

  • Prepares watch keeping rota and maintains a look-out for other vessels or obstacles.

  • Maintains radio contact with other vessels and coast stations.

  • Monitors the operation of engines, generators and other mechanical and electrical equipment and undertakes any necessary minor repairs.

  • Locates the position of vessel using electronic and other navigational aids such as charts and compasses and advises on navigation where appropriate.

  • Directs or undertakes the operation of controls to inflate air cushions, run engines and propel and steer ships, hovercraft and other vessels.

  • Allocates duties to ship.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Project Management

  • Finance

  • Mental Health

  • Auditing

  • Technical Engineering

  • Fundraising

  • Seamanship

  • Marketing

  • AutoCAD

  • Computer-Aided Design

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communications

  • Planning

  • Management

  • Customer Service

  • Coaching

  • Mentorship

  • English Language

  • Detail Oriented

  • Editing

  • Leadership

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.