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Oswego Career Ladders - Marine Engine Mechanic

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Marine Engine Mechanic

Industry: Hospitality
Area: Adventure Tourism and Recreation

Marine Equipment Mechanics repair and adjust the electrical and mechanical equipment of inboard and outboard boat engines. Most small boats have portable outboard engines that are removed and brought into the repair shop. Larger craft, such as cabin cruisers and commercial fishing boats, are powered by diesel or gasoline inboard or inboard-outboard engines, which are removed only for major overhauls. They may also work on other boat equipment.

Education

Due to the increasing complexity of motorboats, most employers prefer to hire mechanics who have graduated from formal training programs for small engine mechanics. Because the number of these specialized postsecondary programs is limited, most mechanics learn their skills on the job or while working in related occupations.

Salary

Median hourly earnings of motorboat mechanics were $14.74.

Skill Requirements

Knowledge of mechanics and basic electronics is essential because electronic components control an engine's performance.

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