Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Service Writer
  • Service Technician
  • Outboard Technician
  • Outboard Motors Experimental Mechanic
  • Outboard Motor Tester
  • Outboard Motor Mechanic
  • Motorboat Mechanic
  • Mechanic
  • Marine Technician
  • Marine Propulsion Technician
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What They Do

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

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mechanical - 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • 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.
  • Active Listening - 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.

Preparation Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $43,570 with most people making between $26,830 and $63,690

Outlook

0.83%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,200 people in California. It is projected that there will be 1,300 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 10 openings due to growth and about 20 replacement openings for approximately 30 total annual openings.