Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians
SOC: 49-3051.00

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
22,500 employed

Projected (2024):
23,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Boat Mechanic
  • Boat Motor Mechanic
  • Boat Outboard Engine Mechanic
  • Boat Rigger
  • Boat Tester
  • Certified Marine Mechanic
  • Experimental Outboard Motors Mechanic
  • Marine Diesel Mechanic
  • Marine Mechanic
  • Marine Propulsion Technician
  • Marine Technician
  • Mechanic
  • Motorboat Mechanic
  • Outboard Motor Mechanic
  • Outboard Motor Tester
  • Outboard Motors Experimental Mechanic
  • Outboard Technician
  • Service Technician
  • Service Writer


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

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

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Disassemble and inspect motors to locate defective parts, using mechanic's hand tools and gauges.
  • Mount motors to boats and operate boats at various speeds on waterways to conduct operational tests.
  • Start motors and monitor performance for signs of malfunctioning, such as smoke, excessive vibration, or misfiring.
  • Document inspection and test results and work performed or to be performed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Repair engine mechanical equipment, such as power tilts, bilge pumps, or power take-offs.
  • Inspect and repair or adjust propellers or propeller shafts.
  • 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.
  • Perform routine engine maintenance on motorboats, such as changing oil and filters.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable gap spark testers
  • Allen wrench sets
  • Automatic center punches
  • Ball peen hammers
  • Battery load testers
  • Battery terminal cleaners
  • Bearing retainer wrenches
  • Breaker bars
  • Carbon scrapers
  • Channel lock pliers
  • Coil function testers
  • Combination pliers
  • Combination wrenches
  • Cotter pin pullers
  • Crowfoot wrenches
  • Dead blow hammers
  • Diagonal cutting pliers
  • Dial calipers
  • Digital multimeters
  • Electrical diagnostic platform analyzers
  • Fixed tip snap ring pliers
  • Flat cold chisels
  • Flat tip screw starters
  • Fluted screw extractors
  • Flywheel holders
  • Fuel filter wrenches
  • Hex sets
  • Idle air control signal tester
  • Impact drivers
  • Inspection mirrors
  • Leakdown testers
  • Magnetic pickup tools
  • Measuring tapes
  • Mechanical fingers
  • Mechanics' pick sets
  • Metric flex sockets
  • Metric sockets
  • Mini hacksaws
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Parallel pin punches
  • Peak voltage testers
  • Penlights
  • Personal computers
  • Phillips screwdrivers
  • Piston ring compressors
  • Power drill bit sets
  • Propeller wrenches
  • Seal pullers
  • Shift cable tools
  • Slot screwdrivers
  • Socket wrench extensions
  • Solder guns
  • Spanners
  • Spark plug gap testers
  • Spark plug sockets
  • Speed handles
  • Standard flex sockets
  • Standard socket wrenches
  • Starter punches
  • T handle hex wrenches
  • Tablet computers
  • Taper feeler gauges
  • Tapered hand files
  • Temperature guns
  • Test lights
  • Tie rod end pullers
  • Torque adapters
  • Torque wrenches
  • Torx bit sets
  • Vise grip pliers
  • Wire crimpers
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire strippers
  • CDI Electronics M.E.D.S.
  • Engine diagnostic scanners
  • Inventory tracking software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Outboard engine diagnostic software
  • Rinda Technologies DIACOM Marine


  • installation maintenance and repair


    industry stats

    SOC: 49-0000

    Total Employed: 5,374,150

    Average Annual Salary: $45,990