Engine Maintenance Mechanic

Repair and maintain propulsion engines.
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Salary Range
$27,000 – $61,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Engine Maintenance Mechanics do?

Repairs and maintains propulsion engines and other engines and engine parts aboard ship: Examines engine equipment, such as pumps, circulators, condensers, and steering engines to locate malfunctions, and dismantles and repairs defective equipment, using handtools and power tools. Makes engine replacement parts, such as slide valves, stay rods, and bolts, using metalworking machinery. Stands engineroom watch during specified periods, observing gauges to determine that operating conditions, such as temperatures, steam pressure, water and oil levels, and revolutions per minute are within specified ranges. Adjusts controls to maintain specified operating conditions. Records gauge readings in engineering log. Must be licensed by U.S. Coast Guard.


Should I be an Engine Maintenance Mechanic?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Maintenance Mechanic, Engine

    How to Become an
    Engine Maintenance Mechanic

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