This is one in a series of blog posts in which Martide takes a closer look at just some of the countless jobs at sea and opportunities in the maritime industry. And today we're looking at Junior Electrician jobs.
So if you’re interested in researching different entry level cargo ship jobs, are considering becoming a Marine Electrician, and want to check out some different examples of maritime jobs read on and hopefully this article will tell you everything you need to know!
Meanwhile, if you’re interested in knowing how to become a Shipfitter or a Bosun, or if you want to know more about Chief Marine Engineer jobs, you could also explore some of the other posts in this series.
Jobs at sea: Everything you need to know about Junior Electrician jobs
Marine Electrical Technician jobs are essentially regular electrician jobs, but onboard a vessel. Everything a shore based electrician would do will be part of a Marine Electrician’s job responsibilities - plus the additional skills and personality traits that are required to work in the maritime industry.
Junior Electricians are, of course, a lower seafarer rank than Chief Electricians but there is nothing stopping you from working your way up the career ladder as you gain more experience in jobs at sea.
And nonetheless your work will still involve tasks such as reading and understanding technical diagrams and blueprints, installing and replacing wiring and electrical components, and maintaining, repairing and upgrading faulty electrics.
There are a number of different pieces of equipment on a ship that run on electricity: navigation systems, radios, pumps and motors to name some of them - and they will all need maintaining and possibly repairing.
However it should be noted that while dealing with simpler electrical systems will usually be the responsibility of a Marine Electrician, technology that is more advanced may fall under an Engineer’s remit.
In order to test systems and equipment a Marine Electrician will also need to be familiar with devices such as voltmeters, ohmmeters, and/or oscilloscopes. Not only should you be able to find the causes of any issues but also be able to pinpoint a defect or potential hazard in advance of a problem occurring.
Junior Electrician jobs: working environment
Clearly the main difference between an electrician based ashore and Electrical Technician jobs at sea is the working environment. Many cargo ship jobs bring with them their own unique set of challenges, not least the necessity of working in enclosed spaces.
On a ship many electrical systems and wiring can be located in difficult-to-reach places and a successful Junior Electrician will need to be able to maneuver him or herself into some pretty cramped places!
Add the water factor into the mix and it becomes clear that Electrical Technician jobs in the maritime industry make very specific demands upon the crew members that perform them. A dedication to safety is a must and certain precautions need to be taken to ensure the vessel is seaworthy and safe both before and during a voyage.
What skills do Junior Electrician jobs at sea require?
Obviously a knowledge and understanding of electrical systems is crucial. But traits such as an attention to detail are also really important. This comes in useful not only for performing diagnostics, reading blueprints and spotting defects, but also for adhering to maintenance schedules and keeping work logs.
And as with virtually all examples of maritime jobs, the ability to get along with people of different backgrounds and nationalities, as well as the mental fortitude to be able to spend months away from home, plus a good working knowledge of English will all come in very handy.
How to become a Junior Electrician
There are a couple of career paths into Electrical Technician jobs at sea. Firstly, the role may be of interest to qualified regular - i.e. land based - electricians who are looking for a change of career and who want to work in the maritime industry.
Gaining the relevant qualifications first, however, will be a must in order to secure an entry level cargo ship job. This could be done by applying for an apprenticeship with an electrician who specializes in marine electrics.
Alternatively you could apply to a maritime academy that offers a program training students in marine electrical careers.
Once you’ve got the right qualifications and are sure you have the skills and attributes required, you should be ready to start applying for Junior Electrician jobs, either with shipping companies directly or through a maritime recruitment agency such as Martide.
Find jobs at sea with Martide
Finding your next crewing position with Martide is simple. We’re often looking to recruit Junior Electricians on behalf of our shipping company clients and if you are qualified and think this is the entry level cargo ship job for you, we want to hear from you.
And don’t forget you can also apply for any of our hot vacancies for seamen, including Junior Electrician jobs, with our free mobile app. Download the app now for Android from Google Play and from the Apple Store for iPhones and iPads.
Meanwhile if you're still wondering "what is a seafarer's job?" and exploring different examples of maritime jobs, keep on reading. Even if being a Junior Electrician sounds like it might not be the right seafarer rank for you, you might find other jobs at sea that inspire you to take your next step towards a seafaring career.
Read the previous article in this series: Everything You Need to Know About Chief Marine Engineer Jobs
Read the next article in this series: Everything You Need to Know About Bosun Jobs