If tinkering with mechanical devices and being near the water are what floats you boat, consider a career as a motorboat mechanic. These marina service technicians repair and overhaul gasoline and diesel engines, often specializing in one type of the other. Mechanics rely on a variety of skills, whe ...
ther performing routine service on a portable outboard motor in a repair shop or troubleshooting a larger craft's inboard engine dockside.
After visually examining the motor, the mechanic may start it up to listen for problems. Computerized testing equipment is often used to help locate mechanical, fuel, or electrical trouble. In addition to hand tools, power tools like drills, lathes, and grinders are sue to repair and replace defective parts. After the engine is reassembled, the mechanic runs the motor at various speeds to double-check the repair. All the work gets written up in a report that includes the results of the testing as well as an assessment of the engine's condition.
Repair shops can be hot and dusty, and physical strength is required to lift and move heavy parts. Mechanics may work in awkward positions and wear protective gear. Repair jobs at docks or marinas require protection against heat and sun exposure.
Motorboat mechanic trainees need a high school diploma of GED, but it's preferred that they complete a formal training program at college or trade school. Employers may provide additional training with senior mechanics in the shop. Depending on geographic location, the work can be seasonal. Experience mechanics often open their own shops or sail on to the bigger jobs with boat and engine manufacturers.
Repair and adjust electrical and mechanical equipment of inboard or inboard-outboard boat engines.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
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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.
Inspect and repair or adjust propellers or propeller shafts.
Repair engine mechanical equipment, such as power tilts, bilge pumps, or power take-offs.
Start motors and monitor performance for signs of malfunctioning, such as smoke, excessive vibration, or misfiring.
Adjust carburetor mixtures, electrical point settings, or timing while motors are running in water-filled test tanks.
Disassemble and inspect motors to locate defective parts, using mechanic's hand tools and gauges.
Replace parts, such as gears, magneto points, piston rings, or spark plugs, and reassemble engines.
Mount motors to boats and operate boats at various speeds on waterways to conduct operational tests.
Set starter locks and align and repair steering or throttle controls, using gauges, screwdrivers, or wrenches.
Document inspection and test results and work performed or to be performed.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems
Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
Handling and Moving Objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
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