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Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Watchkeeper Deck

As a Watchkeeper Deck Officer you are responsible for navigation, using electronic instruments and celestially. You are also responsible for the maintenance of sea safety equipment, the supervision and management of staff, planning, organisation and supervision of cargo loading and unloading, the supervision of mooring and unmooring, liaising between a ship’s captain and crew, as well as updating charts and the ship’s log.

Summary of Training

Core Units - 25 required

  • Provide first aid
  • Maintain vessel stability
  • Manage loading, unloading and stowage of cargo
  • Follow vessel security procedures
  • Observe personal safety and social responsibility
  • Operate survival craft and other lifesaving appliances
  • Prevent and fight fires on board a vessel
  • Survive at sea in the event of vessel abandonment
  • Work safely in confined spaces on a vessel
  • Manage firefighting and fire prevention activities on board a vessel
  • Control safe access to and on vessel
  • Provide medical first aid on board a vessel
  • Respond to emergencies
  • Apply maritime resource management principles
  • Provide leadership to crew
  • Plan and conduct a passage
  • Use an electronic chart display and information system to navigate safely
  • Use bridge equipment to determine vessel position
  • Ensure compliance with environmental management legislation
  • Inspect and report defects and damage to vessel
  • Perform basic vessel manoeuvres
  • Maintain seaworthiness of a vessel
  • Maintain a safe navigational watch
  • Transmit and receive information by the global maritime distress and safety system
  • Transmit and receive information by visual signalling

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 2016: 40

Source: NCVER Apprentice and trainee collection, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Growth in employment in this overall industry in the past 5 years.

Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this overall industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of employees in this overall industry.

Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

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Availability Information and More Details

Watchkeeper Deck - MAR50315
NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

36 mths 36 mths
Part Time
Commencements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ASbA
Classification A * T
Availability of Australian Apprenticeships and Nominal Duration (in months)

A = identified by the State or Territory as an Apprenticeship

T = identified by the State or Territory as a Traineeship

* = An approved qualification in Tasmania is available as an Apprenticeship/Traineeship.

A Qualification registered by a State or Territory as available as an Australian Apprenticeship may not be eligible for public funding support, check with the relevant State or Territory Training Authority.

Nominal durations listed are for full time occupations, stated in months. In some cases nominal durations provided may not include the completion of pre-requisites. This data is sourced from State and Territory Training Authorities and is provided for information only and must be confirmed with these authorities.

Commencements

Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection (June 2017 estimates), NCVER rounded estimates for the 2016 calendar year. Qualifications with no recorded commencements may not appear. This data is for general information purposes only.

Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASbA)

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ANZSCO Classification: 231214

Note: This is an indicative Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) classification for this occupation, provided as a guide only. Apprenticeship Network providers should refer to DET guidelines regarding ANZSCO codes.

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