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Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians

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Repair and adjust electrical and mechanical equipment of inboard or inboard-outboard boat engines.

    Work Activities
    • Start motors and monitor performance for signs of malfunctioning, such as smoke, excessive vibration, or misfiring.
    • Document inspection and test results and work performed or to be performed.
    • Mount motors to boats and operate boats at various speeds on waterways to conduct operational tests.
    • 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.
    • Replace parts, such as gears, magneto points, piston rings, or spark plugs, and reassemble engines.
    • Idle motors and observe thermometers to determine the effectiveness of cooling systems.
    • 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.
    • Disassemble and inspect motors to locate defective parts, using mechanic's hand tools and gauges.
    • 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.
    Skills
    • Repairing

      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.

    • Troubleshooting

      Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    Knowledge
    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $37,070/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $17.82/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 430
    • Yearly Projected Openings 40
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Independence
    • Initiative
    • Integrity
    • Persistence
    Tools
    • Specialty wrenches
    • Sockets
    • Punches or nail sets or drifts
    • Pullers
    • Battery testers
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Inventory management software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.