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Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technician

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What They Do

Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians Career Video

About This Career

Repairs and adjusts electrical and mechanical equipment of inboard or inboard-outboard boat engines.

This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Starts motors and monitors performance for signs of malfunctioning, such as smoke, excessive vibration, or misfiring.
  • Documents inspection and test results and work performed or to be performed.
  • Mounts motors to boats, and operates boats at various speeds on waterways to conduct operational tests.
  • Repairs engine mechanical equipment, such as power tilts, bilge pumps, or power take-offs.
  • Performs routine engine maintenance on motorboats, such as changing oil and filters.
  • Replaces parts, such as gears, magneto points, piston rings, or spark plugs, and reassembles engines.
  • Idles motors and observes thermometers to determine the effectiveness of cooling systems.
  • Inspects and repairs or adjusts propellers or propeller shafts.
  • Adjusts carburetor mixtures, electrical point settings, or timing while motors are running in water-filled test tanks.
  • Sets starter locks and aligns and repairs steering or throttle controls, using gauges, screwdrivers, or wrenches.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Boat Mechanic
  • Boat Motor Mechanic
  • Boat Rigger
  • Marine Mechanic
  • Marine Propulsion Technician
  • Marine Technician
  • Mechanic
  • Outboard Motor Mechanic
  • Outboard Technician
  • Service Technician


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