Technician Jobs on Cruise Ships

By Michelle - March 17, 2010 

There are several types of technician jobs available on cruise ships. If you have the right skill set and experience, you can work as a slot technician, television technician, sound and light technician, refrigeration technician, or audio-visual technician. Technician positions can be found in the deck & engineering department. This department is one of the most important departments on the vessel. Without it, the ship would never set sail. Not only do positions in this department take care of the mechanics and engineering of the ship, but it also handles the maintenance of appliances, electronics, slot machines, and more on cruise ships. The positions in the deck and engineering department are usually not entry-level positions, especially on large ships.

To become a technician on cruise ships you must have formal training. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, because of the increasing sophistication of appliances, electronics, etc., employers prefer to hire those who have completed technical school training or a formal apprenticeship. Some technicians, mechanics and installers, however, still learn the trade informally on the job. This is usually not the case on cruise ships. Cruise ships prefer to hire individuals that have already completed a training program and an apprenticeship. They also prefer experience on cruise ships. Due to the fast-paced nature of cruising (many cruise ships sail frequently year around), cruise ships must hire technicians that are ready to go!

When you are ready to apply for a technician job on a cruise ship, if you have a specific cruise line in mind, locate the cruise lines’ OFFICIAL website first. Visit the Ships and Cruises Directory for official listings. Once you have located the site, visit the website and search around for job postings. Most cruise line websites have a career center or job postings page. If the cruise line lists job openings, be sure to follow the application procedure to the letter. Applicants that do not follow directions are typically passed over in favor of those that do. If the cruise line does not list job openings on its site, send a polished cover letter and resume to the cruise lines Human Resources Department. The Human Resources Department is typically located at the cruise lines headquarters. This information is usually listed on the cruise line website. It is important to include the position you are interested in so that it can be directed to the appropriate department manager.

For more information about jobs on cruise ships visit Cruise Ship Jobs online. Here, you can download the 2010 cruise ship employment guide; you can read through cruise line profiles; you can find out which ships are hiring and for what positions — and you can even apply for a cruise ship job right online. Please note that this website charges a fee. You can apply for a job on your own, free of charge, sign up with a placement agency, or use Cruise Ship Jobs’ service.

Cruise Ship Job Perks

Cruise ship employees will enjoy more than free travel to exciting destinations. Cruise ship employees receive free accommodations and meals. They also receive a competitive salary, health insurance, and free air travel to and from the ship.

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