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Crowley Careers

Are you new to the maritime industry or transitioning out of the military?

Thank you for your interest in working for Crowley and beginning a career in the maritime industry. The maritime industry is growing, providing opportunities for a rewarding career at sea working on deck, in the engine room, or in the steward’s department for motivated individuals.

One of the most difficult tasks an individual has is getting started in this industry. The first step that you can take is learning about the different requirements for various operations and career paths. From there, it is easier to make an educated decision regarding where you wish to go. See below for minimum requirements to become a Merchant Mariner:

Engine vs. Deck – Ratings for Seagoing Individuals

One decision an individual needs to make when they are looking to start a career at sea is whether they want to work on deck, in the wheelhouse, in the engine room, or in the galley. No decision is incorrect, but depends upon what you enjoy and what you are hoping to achieve from your career at sea. Below is a short listing of ratings and a description of what they do on a ship or boat.

Knowing what each position does, you can tailor your decision based upon your career goals. If you like working in a kitchen environment, the stewards department is for you. If you desire to become a Captain or Mate, you would best be suited going into the deck department. If you are a “gearhead” or enjoy the aspects of working in an engine room, you should take an engine route.

Career Development Programs

In recent years, as the need for qualified seamen at all levels has increased, so have the number of available programs that an individual has available to them for reaching their goals. Below is a brief listing of programs that you may want to look into for their suitability to meet your goals:

Seafarer’s International Union (SIU) Apprentice Programs

This program will help you go from entry level to Able Seaman or QMED in a year. For more information, visit the SIU’s website:

Workboat Academy

A program geared towards the towing and supply boat industry, a motivated individual can go from entry level to Mate in 2 years with intensive on the job (at sea) and classroom training.

Shipping Unions

If you only hold an MMD the unions may be able to provide you with advice and opportunities for job placement. For more information, visit these union websites:

We hope you find this information useful and we wish you luck in your future pursuits.