Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians

Repair and adjust electrical and mechanical equipment of inboard or inboard-outboard boat engines.

Median Annual Wage: $37,340

Education: Post-secondary certificate (54%); High school diploma or equivalent (24%); Some college, no degree (12%)

Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Related Job Titles: Service Technician; Mechanic; Boat Rigger; Marine Technician; Marine Mechanic; Boat Mechanic; Outboard Technician; Outboard Motor Mechanic; Boat Motor Mechanic; Marine Propulsion Technician

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More Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Careers

  • 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.
  • Repair engine mechanical equipment, such as power tilts, bilge pumps, or power take-offs.
  • Perform routine engine maintenance on motorboats, such as changing oil and filters.
  • Replace parts, such as gears, magneto points, piston rings, or spark plugs, and reassemble engines.
  • Idle motors and observe thermometers to determine the effectiveness of cooling systems.
  • Inspect and repair or adjust propellers or propeller shafts.
  • Adjust carburetor mixtures, electrical point settings, or timing while motors are running in water-filled test tanks.
  • Set starter locks and align and repair steering or throttle controls, using gauges, screwdrivers, or wrenches.
  • Disassemble and inspect motors to locate defective parts, using mechanic's hand tools and gauges.
  • Adjust generators and replace faulty wiring, using hand tools and soldering irons.
  • Repair or rework parts, using machine tools such as lathes, mills, drills, or grinders.

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  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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