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Motorboat Mechanics & Service Technicians

Also called: Marine Mechanic, Marine Technician, Mechanic, Service Technician

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Army, Marine Corps, or Navy.

What they do:
Repair and adjust electrical and mechanical equipment of inboard or inboard-outboard boat engines.
On the job, you would:
  • Start motors and monitor performance for signs of malfunctioning, such as smoke, excessive vibration, or misfiring.
  • Document inspection and test results and work performed or to be performed.
  • Mount motors to boats and operate boats at various speeds on waterways to conduct operational tests.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • computers and electronics
  • customer service
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Persistence


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • CDI Electronics M.E.D.S.
  • Outboard engine diagnostic software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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