Heavy Equipment Mechanic
Repair and maintain big tools like backhoes, fire trucks, and cranes.
A Marine Mechanic is a Mechanic who has been specially trained to understand the components of a range of watercraft. That means your job offers a lot of variety from day to day. Although you are consistently tearing apart and repairing engines, you might fix an outboard motor one week and a diesel or four-stroke the next. You’ll need a mechanical aptitude and a passion for tinkering to be a good fit for a career as a Marine Mechanic.
Once you’ve acquired the skill set of a Marine Mechanic, there are a vast number of potential employers in the industry. You could work for one of the big manufacturers, such as Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, or Polaris. Or you could land a position at a boatyard, marina, or yacht club. You could even own your own business.
Wherever you haul your toolbox, the job requires excellent customer service and communication skills. You need to understand the problem, so you ask the customer questions. To make them happy, you also need to relay accurate information about costs and repair time.
Projects range in difficulty and time requirements. A jet ski might need a new fuel filter while a ski boat might require an entirely new engine. But that’s part of the joy of your job. No two projects are exactly the same, but you’re trained to deal with any issue, whether it be electrical, fuel, suspension, transmission, or body-related.