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Become A Marine Electrician

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Working As A Marine Electrician

  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $51,880

    Average Salary

What Does A Marine Electrician Do At Canal Barge Company, Inc.

* The Marine Maintenance Technician has the overriding authority to fully perform all the responsibilities and duties assigned to this position:
* Perform maintenance, diagnose, disassemble, inspect, rebuild, and reassemble all components (such as engines, power trains, hydraulics, fuel systems, power generation, electronics, etc.) either in a shop, onboard, or at various locations with or without supervision.
* Work closely with CBC Boat and Barge Maintenance personnel and management on all aspects of Preventive Maintenance and Repair on CBC towboats and barges.
* Inspect equipment according to CBC inspection schedules and standards, or on an as-needed basis, and report on findings by entering into Sinex and/or providing written and/or verbal reports.
* Perform preventive maintenance and repair on equipment as required or directed.
* Troubleshoot problems and either resolve or make recommendations for resolution.
* Train vessel personnel in CBC maintenance procedures, standards and inspection schedules, and basic troubleshooting techniques.
* Examine systems and components for defects, such as breakage or excessive wear and tear.
* Report on and resolve issues if possible.
* Test machinery and equipment to verify successful operation after servicing.
* Read blueprints and technical manuals to insure correct installation and operations.
* Perform additional projects as assigned by the Boat and Barge Maintenance management.
* Carry out the CBC Mission, Business Philosophy, and Code of Conduct.
* Job is classified as heavy work; requires inside and outside work under various normal and adverse weather conditions, lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling frequently over 50 pounds; walking, climbing reaching over shoulder, hand/eye coordination, twisting, working around unprotected heights, working around moving machinery, repetitive actions with both hands and feet.
* Must live in the Lake Charles, LA area

What Does A Marine Electrician Do At Continental Tide Defense Systems, Inc.

* Practical shipboard experience with HM&E systems and equipment
* Ability to troubleshoot and diagnose issues with shipboard electronic and electrical system and equipment
* Understand and interpret electrical schematics and installation drawings
* Possess NAVSEA cableway and connectorization certifications
* Technical expertise with, power generation and transmission equipment, motorized valve actuators, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), fiber optics and integrated network system experience is preferred

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How To Become A Marine Electrician

Although most electricians learn through an apprenticeship, some start out by attending a technical school. Most states require electricians to be licensed. For more information, contact your local or state electrical licensing board.


A high school diploma or equivalent is required.

Some electricians start out by attending a technical school. Many technical schools offer programs related to circuitry, safety practices, and basic electrical information. Graduates usually receive credit toward their apprenticeship.

After completing their initial training, electricians may be required to take continuing education courses. These courses are usually related to safety practices, changes to the electrical code, and training from manufacturers in specific products.


Most electricians learn their trade in a 4- or 5-year apprenticeship program. For each year of the program, apprentices must complete at least 144 hours of technical training and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training.

In the classroom, apprentices learn electrical theory, blueprint reading, mathematics, electrical code requirements, and safety and first-aid practices. They also may receive specialized training related to soldering, communications, fire alarm systems, and elevators.

Several groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs. Many apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans. The basic qualifications to enter an apprenticeship program are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school education or equivalent
  • One year of algebra
  • Qualifying score on an aptitude test
  • Pass substance abuse screening

Some electrical contractors have their own training programs, which are not recognized apprenticeship programs but include both classroom and on-the-job training. Although most workers enter apprenticeships directly, some electricians enter apprenticeship programs after working as a helper. The Home Builders Institute offers a preapprenticeship certificate training (PACT) program for eight construction trades, including electricians.

After completing an apprenticeship program, electricians are considered to be journey workers and may perform duties on their own, subject to any local or state licensing requirements. Because of this comprehensive training, those who complete apprenticeship programs qualify to do both construction and maintenance work.

Some states may require a master electrician to either perform or supervise the work.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states require electricians to pass a test and be licensed. Requirements vary by state. For more information, contact your local or state electrical licensing board. Many of the requirements can be found on the National Electrical Contractors Association’s website.

The tests have questions related to the National Electrical Code, and state and local electrical codes, all of which set standards for the safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment.

Important Qualities

Business skills. Self-employed electricians must be able to bid on new jobs, track inventory, and plan payroll and work assignments. 

Color vision. Electricians must identify electrical wires by color.

Critical-thinking skills. Electricians perform tests and use the results to diagnose problems. For example, when an outlet is not working, they may use a multimeter to check the voltage, amperage, or resistance to determine the best course of action.

Customer-service skills. Residential electricians work with people on a regular basis. They should be friendly and be able to address customers’ questions.

Physical stamina. Electricians often need to move around all day while running wire and connecting fixtures to the wire.

Physical strength. Electricians need to be strong enough to move heavy components, which may weigh up to 50 pounds.

Troubleshooting skills. Electricians find, diagnose, and repair problems. For example, if a motor stops working, they perform tests to determine the cause of its failure and then, depending on the results, fix or replace the motor.

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Marine Electrician Demographics


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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

  • Carrier

  • Filipino

  • Vietnamese

  • Romanian

  • Japanese

  • French

  • Russian

  • Italian

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Top Marine Electrician Skills

  1. Electrical Systems
  2. Electrical Equipment
  3. Transformers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Participated in the installation and/or alteration to electrical systems aboard government vessels.
  • Prepared technical purchase specifications for major electrical equipment, developed test procedures to ensure equipment and system performance.
  • Installed and hooked up transformers.
  • Experience in wiring power distribution boxes, DC motors, motor controllers, fan control switches, and power generation stations.
  • Worked with High Voltage [ ] Termination and troubleshooting, UPS, PDU, switchgear and transformers.

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