How to become a Integrated Rating

Integrated ratings carry out maintenance and lookout duties on the decks and in the engine rooms of merchant ships.

Personal requirements of a Integrated Rating

  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Enjoy manual activities
  • Able to pass a medical examination and eyesight test
  • Normal colour vision
  • Enjoy life at sea
  • Mechanical aptitude

Education & Training for a Integrated Rating

To become an interior designer you usually have to complete a VET qualification in interior design or interior design and decoration. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become an integrated rating through a traineeship in Maritime Operations (Integrated Rating). Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

Duties & Tasks of a Integrated Rating

Integrated ratings may perform the following tasks:

  • maintain deck equipment, cargo gear, rigging, and lifesaving and firefighting appliances
  • assist with standing lookout at sea, and alert deck officers when other vessels, navigation marks or hazards are sighted
  • steer the ship under supervision
  • secure cargoes and splice wires and ropes
  • handle rope and wire mooring lines, gangways and ladders when the ship is berthing and unberthing
  • maintain the cleanliness of decks and structures
  • remove rust from, treat and paint the ship’s sides and structures
  • assist with maintaining watch in the ship’s engine room
  • assist with maintaining and repairing the ship’s engines and mechanical equipment
  • participate in safety drills under the direction of the ship’s officers
  • clean the ship’s cargo compartment and the fresh water, ballast and oil tanks.

Working conditions for a Integrated Rating

Integrated ratings may spend long periods at sea. When steering the ship, on lookout duty or on watch, integrated ratings work under the direction of the officer of the watch. When in the engine room, they work under the direction of engineering officers. Integrated ratings may be required to work in confined spaces following safety protocols.

Employment Opportunities for a Integrated Rating

Integrated ratings work on coastal and overseas ships. There is a relatively small number of ships in the Australian merchant fleet, so positions can be competitive. There is an increasing demand for integrated ratings in the Australian offshore oil and gas industry.

Additional Information
In addition, you will need to complete nine months of sea time on board a seagoing ship prior to being awarded a Certificate of Proficiency in Integrated Rating by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). Integrated ratings must be over 18 years of age at the time of completing their qualifications. In order to serve on board a ship, you will need to qualify for and obtain an AMSA Certificate of Medical Fitness.
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