NOC 7533 – Boat and cable ferry operators and related occupations


  • barge captain
  • barge operator
  • beachcomber
  • bridge attendant – canal lock systems
  • bridge keeper – lock system
  • bridgemaster
  • bridgemaster – lock systems
  • cable ferry deckhand
  • cable ferry operator
  • canal lock operator
  • canal lock tender
  • canal lockman/woman
  • charter boat captain
  • charter boat master
  • charter boat operator
  • dry dock worker – shipbuilding
  • ferry terminal attendant
  • ferry terminal worker
  • launch captain
  • launch master
  • launch operator
  • launch owner-operator
  • lighthouse keeper
  • lineshandler – canal lock system
  • linesman/woman – canal lock system
  • loading bridge operator
  • loading bridge operator – ferry
  • lock operator
  • lockmaster
  • manual cable ferry operator
  • motor boat operator
  • motor launch operator
  • motorboat captain
  • motorboat operator
  • power cable ferry operator
  • reaction ferry operator
  • repair ship owner-operator
  • scow captain
  • scow operator
  • sightseeing boat captain
  • sightseeing boat master
  • sightseeing boat operator
  • small craft operator
  • water bus captain
  • water bus master
  • water bus operator
  • water taxi captain
  • water taxi master
  • water taxi operator
  • workboat operator

Job Duties

Lock equipment operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate telecommunication equipment or use portable loudspeakers to direct movements of vessels in lock area
  • Operate controls to open or close lock gates
  • Operate controls to raise, lower or turn bridges
  • Observe progress of vessels passing through locks.

Cable ferry operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Signal passengers and motor vehicles to embark and disembark
  • Operate cable ferry across narrow waterway
  • Perform routine maintenance and repairs to engine, cables and winches.

Ferry terminal workers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate controls to adjust landing bridge, position or remove gangplank, open or close doors and gates, and secure or remove docking devices
  • Signal passengers and motor vehicles to embark and disembark
  • May collect tickets or fares from passengers.

Boat operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate motorboats, launches, small ferry boats and other similar vessels to transport passengers or freight
  • Maintain boats and equipment on board, such as engines, winches, derricks, fire extinguishers and life preservers
  • May perform other duties, such as checking for oil spills or other pollutants around ports and harbours, patrolling beaches and measuring depth of water.

Employment Requirements

  • Some secondary school education is usually required.
  • On-the-job training is provided.
  • Master of a Small Craft or Master of a Small Passenger Craft certificate, issued by Transport Canada, is required for boat operators.

Additional Information

  • There is little or no mobility among lock equipment operators, cable ferry operators and ferry terminal workers.
  • Mobility between boat operators in this unit group is possible.
  • Progression from boat operator positions to deck officer positions is possible with additional training, experience and certification.


  • Deck officers, water transport (2273)
  • Water transport deck and engine room crew (7532)

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