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Motorboat Mechanics & Service Technicians

Also called: Marine Technician, Marine Mechanic, Mechanic, Boat Mechanic

Where in the Navy? In the Navy: Diesel Engine/Auxiliary Systems Maintainer; Diesel Engine/Auxiliary Systems Technician; Engineman; Outboard Engine Mechanic; Special Warfare Boat Operator

What they do:
Repair and adjust electrical and mechanical equipment of inboard or inboard-outboard boat engines.
On the job, you would:
  • Disassemble and inspect motors to locate defective parts, using mechanic's hand tools and gauges.
  • Mount motors to boats and operate boats at various speeds on waterways to conduct operational tests.
  • Start motors and monitor performance for signs of malfunctioning, such as smoke, excessive vibration, or misfiring.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • product and service development
Business
  • customer service

Skills

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

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat

Personality

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
  • Integrity
  • Persistence
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Cooperation

Technology

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

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$36,090
per year, on average
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