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Occupational Supply Demand
Unit of Analysis
4917B Water Transportation
Program(s) of Study and Training

A program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers and other professionals engaged in shipboard mechanical and electrical engineering and the maintenance and operation of marine engines, including gas, diesel, and steam engines. Includes instruction in automation, diesel-powered systems, electrical circuits and systems, engine performance, hydraulics, manufacturing, motor-powered systems, refrigeration and air-conditioning, steam-powered systems, and welding.

A program that prepares individuals to serve as captains, executive officers, engineers and ranking mates on commercially licensed inland, coastal and ocean-going vessels. Includes instruction in maritime traditions and law, maritime policy, economics and management of commercial marine operations, basic naval architecture and engineering, shipboard power systems engineering, crew supervision, and administrative procedures.

Any instructional program in water transportation not listed above.


Command or supervise operations of ships and water vessels, such as tugboats and ferryboats. Required to hold license issued by U.S. Coast Guard. Excludes “Motorboat Operators” (53-5022).

Supervise and coordinate activities of crew engaged in operating and maintaining engines, boilers, deck machinery, and electrical, sanitary, and refrigeration equipment aboard ship. Excludes “Engineers” (17-2000).