Today's Military:

Naval and Maritime Operations Careers


To run properly, a ship or submarine requires equal parts manpower and engine power. Therefore, it is up to Naval and Maritime Operations officers to manage the various personnel departments aboard their vessels and direct engine operations, maintenance and repair. These officers combine management skills with a love for the sea in this adventurous field.

Possible Responsibilities

  • Enforce International Maritime Law
  • Command vessels of all sizes at sea or in coastal waters
  • Direct search and rescue missions
  • Ensure subordinate personnel are properly navigating vessel
  • Delegate engine room repairs
  • Direct engine room operations in nuclear or diesel-powered vessels

Helpful Attributes

Useful fields of study include engineering, oceanography, computer science and mathematics. Helpful attributes include:

  • Interest in machines and engines
  • Comfort with managing others
  • Interest in sailing and being at sea
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to organize information

Training Provided

Job training consists of classroom and practical experience. Sample courses include:

  • Piloting and Navigation of Ships
  • Interpretation of Maritime Laws and Policies
  • Operation and Maintenance of Power Plants and Related Machinery
Naval and Maritime Operations Careers.

Possible Military Job Titles

  • Engineer Officer - View Profile
  • Ship Officer
  • Submarine Officer
  • Submarine Readiness Officer - View Profile
  • Surface Operations Officer - View Profile
  • Ship Engineer
  • Officer of the Deck

Related Civilian Jobs

  • Engine Room Supervisor
  • Marine Engineer
  • Ship Captain
  • Deck Officer

Related Career Fields

Naval and Maritime Operations – Enlisted
Aviation – Officer
Transportation, Supply and Logistics – Officer

Related Resources

Officer Commissioning Process
Officer Training
Service Academies and Military Colleges

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