Projected Growth: Average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
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.
Vise grip pliers
Torx bit sets
Torque adaptersAll Tools
Tie rod end pullers
Tapered hand files
Taper feeler gauges
T handle hex wrenches
Standard socket wrenches
Standard flex sockets
Spark plug sockets
Spark plug gap testers
Socket wrench extensions
Shift cable tools
Power drill bit sets
Piston ring compressors
Peak voltage testers
Parallel pin punches
Needle nose pliers
Metric flex sockets
Mechanics’ pick sets
Magnetic pickup tools
Idle air control signal tester
Fuel filter wrenches
Fluted screw extractors
Flat tip screw starters
Flat cold chisels
Fixed tip snap ring pliers
Electrical diagnostic platform analyzers
Diagonal cutting pliers
Dead blow hammers
Cotter pin pullers
Coil function testers
Channel lock pliers
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.
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.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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.
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.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.