Military Marine Engine Mechanics

Military Career

General Information

Description

Marine engine mechanics repair, inspect, test, and maintain gasoline and diesel engines on ships, boats, and other watercraft. They also repair shipboard mechanical and electrical equipment, including refrigeration and air conditioning systems. Specialized tools help them make accurate diagnoses and estimate how long a part will be reliable before it should be replaced.

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Work Environment

Marine engine mechanics work aboard ships, normally in the engine or power rooms. Sometimes they work in repair centers on land bases. Working conditions in engine rooms tend to be noisy and hot.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Marine Engine Mechanics in the Military

6,167

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Salary

Average Salary

$47,437

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-secondary certificate 53%
  • High school 23%
  • Some college 11%
  • Less than high school 6%
  • Associate's degree 4%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Marine engine mechanics in the Military will gain skills through classroom study, including practice in marine engine maintenance and repair, and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include: Internal combustion engine theoryRepair of shipboard electronic and electrical machinery systemsService and repair of fuel injection systemsUse and care of hand and power toolsWelding and machine shop fabrication

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Physics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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