Motorboat Mechanics

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics > Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Repair and adjust electrical and mechanical equipment of inboard or inboard-outboard boat engines.

Common job titles of Motorboat Mechanics include:

Experience and Education

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.

  • 53.7% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.

  • 23.62% said they needed a High School Diploma.


    Start motors and monitor performance for signs of malfunctioning, such as smoke, excessive vibration, or misfiring.

    Replace parts, such as gears, magneto points, piston rings, or spark plugs, and reassemble engines.

    Document inspection and test results and work performed or to be performed.

    Idle motors and observe thermometers to determine the effectiveness of cooling systems.

    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.

    Adjust generators and replace faulty wiring, using hand tools and soldering irons.

    Repair or rework parts, using machine tools such as lathes, mills, drills, or grinders.

    Inspect and repair or adjust propellers or propeller shafts.

    Adjust carburetor mixtures, electrical point settings, or timing while motors are running in water-filled test tanks.

    Set starter locks and align and repair steering or throttle controls, using gauges, screwdrivers, or wrenches.

    Mount motors to boats and operate boats at various speeds on waterways to conduct operational tests.

    Disassemble and inspect motors to locate defective parts, using mechanic's hand tools and gauges.


Wire strippers

Wire cutters

Wire crimpers

Vise grip pliers

Torx bit sets

Torque wrenches

Torque adapters

All Tools

Tie rod end pullers

Test lights

Temperature guns

Tapered hand files

Taper feeler gauges

Tablet computers

T handle hex wrenches

Starter punches

Standard socket wrenches

Standard flex sockets

Speed handles

Spark plug sockets

Spark plug gap testers


Solder guns

Socket wrench extensions

Slot screwdrivers

Shift cable tools

Seal pullers

Propeller wrenches

Power drill bit sets

Piston ring compressors

Phillips screwdrivers

Personal computers


Peak voltage testers

Parallel pin punches

Needle nose pliers

Mini hacksaws

Metric sockets

Metric flex sockets

Mechanics’ pick sets

Mechanical fingers

Measuring tapes

Magnetic pickup tools

Leakdown testers

Inspection mirrors

Impact drivers

Idle air control signal tester

Hex sets

Fuel filter wrenches

Flywheel holders

Fluted screw extractors

Flat tip screw starters

Flat cold chisels

Fixed tip snap ring pliers

Electrical diagnostic platform analyzers

Digital multimeters

Dial calipers

Diagonal cutting pliers

Dead blow hammers

Crowfoot wrenches

Cotter pin pullers

Combination wrenches

Combination pliers

Coil function testers

Channel lock pliers

Carbon scrapers

Breaker bars

Bearing retainer wrenches

Battery terminal cleaners

Battery load testers

Ball peen hammers

Automatic center punches

Allen wrench sets

Adjustable gap spark testers


CDI Electronics M.E.D.S.

Engine diagnostic scanners

Inventory tracking software

Outboard engine diagnostic software

Rinda Technologies DIACOM Marine



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.


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.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Equipment Selection

Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.


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