Marine repair technicians work to repair and maintain the engines and equipment on boats of all sizes. They often work in repair shops but they may work in a marina or on boat dock if the boat that needs to be repaired is too difficult to move into a dry work area. Besides the engines of boats marine repair technicians may also work on propellers navigational equipment steering mechanisms and several other types of equipment that exist on boats. Many of the modern systems on boats require marine repair technicians to use diagnostic testing equipment to find problems but some boat components must be evaluated using technical skill and the manual disassembly of parts. Besides working on boat engines and other mechanical systems marine repair technicians also repair damaged hulls scrape barnacles off of the underside of boats wash the interior and exterior of boats and re-paint areas that are peeling or rusted. While there is not a formal education requirement to become a marine repair technician besides having a high school diploma there are two-year associate’s degree programs available to help individuals get educated in the field of boat fabrication and repair. The job of a marine repair technician can be seasonal depending on the location in which they work. Typically according to www.educationcenteronline.org marine repair technicians are busy during “seasonal” or summer months and they may experience reduced hours during the winter months. During the off season marine repair technicians may work as repair technicians in other industries. The website careers.stateuniversity.com reports that the average yearly salary for a marine repair technician is between $32000 and $40000 per year.
|Education Required:||High School Diploma & Specialized Training|
|Tasks:||Repairs and adjusts the equipment in boat engines.
Takes apart, assembles, and tests boat equipment.
Assists boat crew with maintenance issues.
Troubleshoots and maintains electrical systems.
|Also Called:||Boat Repair Technician
Marine Maintenance Person
Boat Repair Foreman