Outboard Motor Mechanic

Repair electrical and mechanical systems of outboard motors.
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Salary Range
$23,000 – $55,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Outboard Motor Mechanics do?

Analyzes defects, and adjusts or repairs electrical and mechanical systems of outboard motors: Disassembles and inspects motor for defective parts, using mechanic’s handtools and gauges. Replaces parts, such as gears, magneto points, piston rings, and spark plugs, and reassembles engine. Adjusts carburetor mixture and electrical point settings while motor is running in water-filled test tank. May change propeller to increase motor efficiency, based on size and shape of boat hull. May install or repair steering and throttle controls.


Should I be an Outboard Motor Mechanic?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Boat Outboard Engine Mechanic, Motorboat Mechanic, Inboard/Outboard

    How to become an Outboard Motor Mechanic

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