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+ Able Seamen Job Description
Whether on inland waterways or on the high seas, able seamen or "deckhands" play an important role in the commercial shipping industry or merchant marines. When in port, they rig cargo booms and tend other machines used to load and unload a ship. When under way, they may stand watch, steer the ship, inspect, maintain, and operate life boats, anchors, cargo-handling machines, and other deck equipment > view more

+ Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors Job Description
When we think of air travel, we tend to think of people on the go. But there are plenty of other things that travel by plane. In fact, there are entire fleets of aircraft dedicated only to cargo operations. Aircraft cargo handling supervisors are responsible for making sure cargo is properly loaded and transported safely. They need to be experts in calculating the maximum amount of cargo the plane can carry > view more

+ Baggage Porters and Bellhops Job Description
When you’re rushing to catch a plane or train… or heading for a hotel room…you may need the services of baggage porters and bellhops. These service workers make life easier for travelers with luggage. These are jobs that require physical strength. While wheeled luggage carriers may be available at some locations, you are often called upon to lift heavy objects. You also have to be a good communicator, even if the people you’re helping don’t speak your language > view more

+ Bindery Workers Job Description
It’s been said that a book is like a ship that can carry you to faraway places. And like a ship, a book needs to be carefully assembled. This is the job of bindery workers. They take loose printed pages…and bind them together into magazines or books. To accomplish this task, bindery workers might use a wide array of equipment, such as machines that cut, fold, trim, staple, stitch or glue > view more

+ Boat Builders and Shipwrights Job Description
A craft as old as civilization itself, now uses methods both ancient and modern. Boat Builders and Shipwrights construct and repair ships and boats of all kinds from small pleasure craft to commercial and naval vessels. These boats are built from a range of materials including metal, wood, aluminum, fiberglass and plastic. They work from designs on paper—blueprints—to make sure the work is “ship-shape > view more

+ Captains and Mates on Water Vessels Job Description
Seafaring is not just a career…it’s a lifestyle. Captains and mates spend months at a time on vessels of all sizes…on inland lakes and rivers, as well as the open sea. Captains and mates are the senior officers of the ship. Earning one of these positions usually comes after years on board, demonstrating competence and working your way up through the ranks. The captain is responsible for every aspect of the voyage > view more

+ Cargo and Freight Agents Job Description
Businesses need orders filled and shipments moved as quickly as possible. Cargo and freight agents are the people who help make that happen. Whatever the size, route or nature of the shipment, these agents handle the details of getting cargo from place of origination…to destination swiftly and efficiently. Cargo and freight agents take orders from customers and arrange getting the freight to the loading platform > view more

+ Commercial Divers Job Description
We usually don’t see them, but below the surface of oceans, lakes and rivers, Commercial Divers are doing a lot of important work. Divers are used to inspect and patch the hulls of ships. They’re specially trained in how to attach cables to sunken objects so they can be hoisted to the surface without damage. Divers help install pilings for construction projects…check underwater pipes and cables for breaks…and they maintain underwater machinery such as pumps > view more

+ Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products Job Descriptions
Have you ever wondered who decides that an egg is “Grade A” …or that a cut of beef is “Prime”? Consumers rely on the professional judgment of Agricultural Graders and Sorters. They determine what’s best, what’s second best…and what’s unacceptable. Graders and sorters examine agricultural products and unprocessed foods headed for market. They rate them according to size, weight, appearance and condition > view more

+ Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators Job Description
Industrial truck and tractor operators are responsible for the movement of manufactured goods, grain, coal, construction materials, or other heavy items, around a factory or on and off ships. Operators must have the ability to judge distance, a good sense of balance, and good eye-hand-foot coordination to operate such equipment. Their primary responsibilities are to protect the materials they carry, to ensure that the goods arrive at the proper destination, and to adhere to strict safety practices so they avoid roll-overs and collisions > view more

+ Locomotive Engineers and Railroad Conductors Job Description
Commuter trains gliding between stations…subways running under city streets…freight trains chugging across the heartland…every kind of train needs a steady, experienced hand at the throttle…and on the brakes. Locomotive engineers are railroaders who have reached a cherished goal. Usually they have been chosen by the rail company from the ranks of experienced operations employees. After long hours of training, in the yard, in classrooms, and on simulators, a newly licensed engineer becomes an assistant engineer, moving on to handling trains in the railyard…and from there to longer runs > view more

+ Nuclear Engineers Job Description
Tremendous energy Is trapped in the nucleus of a tiny atom. Harnessing that energy is the work of nuclear engineers. They search for efficient ways to capture the bursts of energy from a disintegrating atom, and put it to use. Nuclear engineers can be found developing numerous applications for nuclear energy… including power plants for consumer heat and electricity… methods for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, preservation of food supplies, or sterilization of medical instruments… and systems to power ships and spacecraft… Nuclear engineers also make sure the atom’s awesome power is used safely and that nuclear waste is disposed of safely > view more

+ Operating Engineers Job Description
Operating engineers quite literally operate power-driven construction machines like shovels, cranes, tractors, bulldozers, pile drivers, concrete mixers, and industrial pumps. If something is massive and heavy, and if it requires a big, powerful machine, an operating engineer will probably be involved. Work sites include building and road construction projects, mines, steel mills, warehouses, and heavy manufacturing plants > view more

+ Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders
Nearly every product made is sold in its own unique packaging. Making sure those items are properly packaged is the job of a packaging and filling machine operator. Whether it’s bagging items, rolling sheets, filling containers, making blister packs, wrapping, or boxing, packaging readies the product for display and purchase. Operators move materials to and from production areas -- manually or with forklifts, dollies, carts, or handtrucks > view more

+ Pharmacy Technicians Job Description
Pharmacists used to fill prescriptions by preparing and dispensing doctor-specified pills, creams, and liquids, by hand. Today, most medications are manufactured by drug companies and shipped in bulk to pharmacies. As a result, pharmacists are able to focus more on providing clinical services. But someone must still measure the doses, count out the pills, and type up instructions for the patient > view more

+ Pilots on Water Vessels Job Description
Imagine driving a vehicle longer than 3 football fields. Then imagine trying to parallel park it. Pilots of water vessels meet that kind of challenge everyday, guiding enormous commercial ships and tankers safely from sea, to busy port, and back again. Unlike the captain and crew, who travel with their ship, the pilot is usually stationed at the port. When a ship needs to enter…or leave…the harbor, the pilot is sent aboard to safely navigate it through the local waterways > view more

+ Stock Clerks, Sales Floor Job Description
Companies, plants and stores use Stock Clerks to receive, sort, unpack, store and keep track of materials or products. Most stock clerks work in grocery and department stores. Stock clerks check deliveries against invoices for accuracy and for damages. The items are then organized, marked and placed into the inventory system. Bar code scanners and computers are often used to track the items > view more

+ Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers Job Description
Welders cut, gouge, finish, and--most importantly--join pieces of metal. Any kind of metal: steel, cast iron, bronze, aluminum, or whatever else the job involves. Welders do their work by literally melting the edges of the metal pieces, forcing the materials to flow together, and then letting them cool to form a solid bond. Often a metal welding rod is melted as part of the process to supply the additional material needed to complete the weld > view more