Marine and Nautical services

Work involves supporting the offshore energy industry in jobs that are onboard vessels or floating facilities or are underwater speciality positions.

Employees may work on floating drilling and production facilities, supply and standby vessels, seismic and chase vessels, petroleum product carriers/tankers and tugs. These positions are responsible for the transportation of passengers and materials, the stabilization of water-based units and vessels, and the operations, inspection, maintenance and repair of underwater drilling and production facilities.


Two career streams exist: one experience-based and the second, academic-based. Mobility is based upon successful completion of training courses and examinations specified by Maritime Safety Authority. Formal post-secondary training requirements may not apply if an individual has the necessary directly related marine engineering experience.

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Career Paths

Typically, entry-level positions that may lead to Deck Officer and Engineering Officer careers are positions such as Deckhands, Engine Room Assistants and Able Seamen.

Routine Work

Offshore operations are usually in remote locations and may require extended periods of time away from home. Shift or rotational work may mean two weeks on, followed by one week off the work site.

Job Classifications

  • Deck Crew
  • Deck officers
  • Engineering officers
  • Engine Room Crew

Salary bands:

The salary you can earn in these roles vary greatly dependant upon the role, your experience and where you are geographically based.
Estimated Salary Band: $70,000 - $160,000 plus

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