Port operative


A port operative is responsible for managing day-to-day operations, supporting the transportation of personnel, equipment, and material. This includes alarm surveillance, response, communication. As well as coordination with sites, traders, grid authorities, and other operations colleagues. Workplace transport operations and Infrastructure operations are typical duties for a port operative.

Lifecycle stages

Manufacturing, installation, maintenance and operations.

Typical employer

Manufacturer, developer or EPCI contractor.

Place of work

Onshore at the manufacturing facility, port, construction, and assembly site.

Typical working pattern

Full-time. Flexible working arrangements may be available.

Education, training and qualifications

Experience (1-2 years) as a port operative in a relevant industry. This includes experience with power generation or transmission, technical system engineering, troubleshooting in a control room setting.

International graduate and apprenticeship schemes are available at NFQ level 7 and NFQ level 3, respectively.

Typical entry position & transferable sectors

Entry roles can include port workers, dock workers, stevedore trainees and port operation clerks.

Highly transferable from similar industries such as construction, oil and gas, rail and transport, aviation, naval and defence.

Career possibilities

Port operatives can progress to become site managers, port supervisors and operations managers.

Full time salary estimate

€30,000 (port operatives)-€60,000 (operations managers) per year, depending on experience.