Marine mechanics are responsible for performing repair work on marine engines using hand and power tools along with technical manuals, according to the University of Maine. These individuals also must regularly inspect and test engine equipment to pinpoint problems. The engines they maintain can be small boats’ portable outboard engines or large boats’ inboard-outboard engines, which are removed only for major fixes, according to the Bureau of Labour Statistics.
Marine mechanics replace parts such as gears and spark plugs and additionally can address problems involving boat steering mechanisms or propellers. Marine mechanics also purchase necessary supplies, tools and equipment parts. In addition, they might have to create needed engine replacement parts such as bolts or valves using metalworking equipment, according to OccupationalInfo.org. These professionals also draft reports highlighting needed boat repairs.
Qualifications for Marine Mechanic Jobs
- Verifiable work history.
- Boating license. (if applicable)
- Clean boating record. (if applicable)
- Various certifications dependent on employer.
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