A Deck Hand is an entry level marine worker who is employed primarily on barges, dredges, scows and derricks. The Deck Hand works under the supervision of the Deck Engineer and has a variety of duties including:
- Cleaning, painting and housekeeping
- Operating winches
- Operating small craft including punts and skiffs
- Mooring and handling lines
- Setting range and buoy lights
- Equipment repair
- Taking depth soundings and checking tide charts/gauges
- Addition or removal of pontoon or float lines
The Deck Hand must be physically fit, able to work long hours and varying shifts and perform duties in adverse weather conditions in a marine environment. Previous equipment and marine experience, as well as a mechanical aptitude are all assets for this position. A Deck Hand has the opportunity to advance to Deck Engineer and Crane Operator.
This course is 2 weeks in duration and includes the following:
- Safety and Regulations
- Rigging, knots and splicing
- First Aid Level One with Transport Endorsement
- Confined Space Entry
- Fire Suppression
- Marine Industry Procedures
- Forklift Certification
- Successful Completion of Trade Assessment Exam
- BC Driver’s License (air brakes endorsement recommended
- Minimum Grade 10 (or equivalent)
Students will write theory examinations and will also be assessed on job performance standards.
Punctuality, attendance and attitude will also be considered in determining the final course grade.
Level of Competency
The course will provide the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills for entry level into the trade. Further on-the-job experience will be required to advance to the position of Journey-person Deck Engineer.
Students completing this course will be issued a Certificate of Completion, as well as credentials for:
- Level 1 First Aid with Transport Endorsement
- Basic Extinguishers and Fire Safety
- Forklift Operator Certification
Complete an Application for Training and submit it to the nearest IUOE Local 115 Office, to be forwarded to The Operating Engineers Training Plan. Include with your Application a resume, appropriate reference materials, a copy of your Driver’s License.
Successful completion (70%) of the OETA Trade Assessment Examination is required. Examinations are scheduled by the OETP at any Operating Engineer’s offices.
Examination subject areas are:
Trade Mathematics (possible score—40)
Basic Trade Science (possible score—20)
Mechanical Aptitude & Space Relations (possible score—26)
Reading Skills (possible score—14)
When completed, this application must be submitted to the Training Coordinator. Please ensure you attach a copy of your resume, reference material, driver’s license, etc. Qualified applicants files will go before a selection committee. Successful applicants will be assigned to the class upon confirmation of their ability to attend.
JEFF GORHAM (604) 473-5255
RANDY GRISEWOOD (604) 473-5270
300-4333 Ledger Ave. Burnaby, BC V5G 3T3