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Working As A Marine Mechanic

  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • Getting Information
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $44,520

    Average Salary

What Does A Marine Mechanic Do At Goken America

* This list is not exhaustive and other duties may be assigned)
* Will perform diverse and complex technical assignments
* Performs set-up, testing, fabrication and supporting calculations and may conduct moderate analysis.
* Compiles and organizes technical data.
* May prepare reports and make recommendations.
* Maintains and is able to troubleshoot test equipment in respective area.
* Fully proficient in usage of equipment and machinery.
* May identify and resolve routine and moderately complex problems.
* Plans activities within specific guidelines to meet deadlines.
* Works independently or typically has no instruction on routine activities and receives general instruction on new assignments.
* Additional Responsibilities:
* Supervise shop activities, including engine assembly/disassembly.
* Manage fleet of test boats and keep in safe operating condition.
* Coordinate test schedules and temporary test drivers.
* Assist engineers with data acquisition and data analysis

What Does A Marine Mechanic Do At The California Parks Company

* Assists in maintaining proper controls for safeguarding service department assets, including but not limited to rental fleet, inventory and equipment.
* Helps maintain an above average appearance for all service department areas.
* Understands and complies with government regulations pertaining to service department functions.
* Maintains a professional relationship with all agencies, contractors, vendors, and guests.
* Ensures and takes appropriate action for the proper maintenance of all service department equipment.
* Follows or develops a routine preventative maintenance program.
* Ensures the safety of guests and employees.
* Understands and complies with the safe use of service department equipment.
* Understands and complies with the established Training Programs.
* Assist with boat inspections and marina duties when needed.
* Be a willing member of The California Parks Company, performing all duties and functions as assigned to the best of his/her ability.
* The Mechanic will use various tools and equipment on a daily basis.
* Footwear required shall be a work boot or a high quality leather shoe with non-skid sole providing ankle support.
* No open toe sandals or flip flops will be allowed on the job.
* Protective guards shall be required for all appropriate occasions: including gloves, goggles, galoshes, masks, long pants, and long sleeve shirts according to the nature of the task.
* The Mechanic will be knowledgeable in the safety practices and standards set by the company, relative to the work environment he/she operates in.
* He/she will also make it a duty to assure that all co-workers are working with those same safety practices and standards.
* Req No.: 2017
* Targeted Job Start Date: 7/22/2017

What Does A Marine Mechanic Do At U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Commander In Chief

* Direct the accomplishment of assigned work operations within the limits of policies, production schedules, and oral and written instructions set by management officials and supervisors.
* Utilize training tools such as mock-ups, in-shop work areas, facilities, and on-deck plates to give appropriate tools, safety, and shop trade skill training to workers, helpers, and trainees.
* Ensure competed work approved by supervisors for over-all effectiveness and economical use of personnel, equipment, material, and methods to meet production goals and standards.
* Solve problems that may arise during the course of work being performed by obtaining needed information or decisions from supervisors.
* Maintain current knowledge of procedures, policies, written instructions, and other directives related to marine Machinery Mechanics in order to answer questions of other workers.
* Demonstrate previous on the job experience such as lessons learned and gained job knowledge to trainees for knowledge sharing purposes and to help develop less experienced mechanics.
* Travel Required
* Occasional travel
* You may be expected to travel for this position.
* Supervisory status
* No
* Promotion Potential
* Who May Apply
* This job is open to…
* Permanent Competitive Service Federal Employees, Former Federal Employees, Individuals with Disabilities, VEOA.
* Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.
* Job family (Series)
* Marine Machinery Mechanic
* Requirements
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* Requirements
* Conditions of Employment
* Must be a US Citizen.
* Males must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. www.sss.gov
* Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
* Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
* May be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period

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How To Become A Marine Mechanic

Most diesel technicians learn informally on the job after a high school education, but employers increasingly prefer applicants who have completed postsecondary training programs in diesel engine repair. Although not required, industry certification can demonstrate a diesel technician’s competence and experience.


Most employers require a high school diploma or equivalent. High school or postsecondary courses in automotive repair, electronics, and mathematics provide a strong educational background for a career as a diesel technician.

An increasing number of employers look for workers with postsecondary training in diesel engine repair. Many community colleges and trade and vocational schools offer certificate or degree programs in diesel engine repair.

Programs mix classroom instruction with hands-on training, including the basics of diesel technology, repair techniques and equipment, and practical exercises. Students also learn how to interpret technical manuals and electronic diagnostic reports.


Diesel technicians who begin working without any postsecondary education are trained extensively on the job. Trainees are assigned basic tasks, such as cleaning parts, checking fuel and oil levels, and driving vehicles in and out of the shop.

After they learn routine maintenance and repair tasks and demonstrate competence, trainees move on to more complicated subjects such as vehicle diagnostics. This process can take from 3 to 4 years, at which point a trainee is usually considered a journey-level diesel technician.

Over the course of their careers, diesel technicians must learn to use new techniques and equipment. Employers often send experienced technicians to special training classes conducted by manufacturers and vendors to learn about the latest diesel technology.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is the standard credential for diesel and other automotive service technicians and mechanics. Although not required, this certification demonstrates a diesel technician’s competence and experience to potential employers and clients, and often brings higher pay.

Diesel technicians may be certified in specific repair areas, such as drive trains, electronic systems, or preventative maintenance and inspection. To earn certification, technicians must have 2 years of work experience and pass one or more ASE exams. To remain certified, diesel technicians must pass a recertification exam every 5 years.

Many diesel technicians are required to have a commercial driver’s license so they may test-drive buses and large trucks.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Diesel technicians frequently discuss automotive problems and necessary repairs with their customers. They must be courteous, good listeners, and ready to answer customers’ questions.

Detail oriented. Diesel technicians must be aware of small details when inspecting or repairing engines and components, because mechanical and electronic malfunctions are often due to misalignments and other easy-to-miss causes.

Dexterity. Mechanics need a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination for many tasks, such as disassembling engine parts, connecting or attaching components, or using hand tools.

Mechanical skills. Diesel technicians must be familiar with engine components and systems and know how they interact with each other. They often disassemble major parts for repairs, and they must be able to put them back together properly.

Organizational skills. Diesel technicians must keep workspaces clean and organized in order to maintain safety and ensure accountability for parts.

Strength. Diesel technicians often lift heavy parts and tools, such as exhaust system components and pneumatic wrenches.

Troubleshooting skills. Diesel technicians must be able to use diagnostic equipment on engine systems and components in order to identify and fix problems in increasingly complicated mechanical and electronic systems. They must be familiar with electronic control systems and the appropriate tools needed to fix and maintain them.

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Marine Mechanic Demographics


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  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Carrier

  • Portuguese

  • Chickasaw

  • Russian

  • Cheyenne

  • Tagalog

  • Dakota

  • Italian

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Top Marine Mechanic Skills

  1. Diesel Engines
  2. Machinery Mechanic
  3. Safety Devices
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Sole Proprietor of small business that specializes in repairs and maintenance of all types of marine and diesel engines.
  • Graduate Marine Machinery Mechanic Apprentice.
  • Installed, adjusted, set and repaired or replaced various control/regulating or safety devices.
  • Carried out installation, desalination plants and pipe work laying for water plant and Generators.
  • Work with other technicians as needed to troubleshoot problems and install equipment

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