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Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

Service Contract Act Directory of Occupations

47040 Seaman

Performs a variety of duties concerned with the operation and upkeep of deck department areas and equipment. Scales, buffs, and paints decks and superstructure; sweeps and washes deck; splices wire and rope; breaks out, rigs, overhauls, and stows cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear; secures cargo; launches and recovers boats. May rig and operate hydrographic and other specialty winches; handle and stow oceanographic explosives; and stage and stow beach support equipment. In addition, when assigned to watch duty, performs a variety of duties, including looking for obstructions in path of vessel, steering vessel, serving on security patrol, and standing gangway watch. NOTE: Entry-level employees are normally titled "ordinary seamen". More experienced workers (usually titled "able seamen") may also be designated "green" or "blue" depending on length of service. (Green indicates greater length of service).

For wage study purposes, workers are classified as follows:

  • 47041 Able Seaman, Watch
  • 47042 Able Seaman, Maintenance
  • 47043 Able Seaman, Day/Deck Utility
  • 47044 Ordinary Seaman