Outside Machinist

Install ship machineries.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$24,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Outside Machinists do?

Installs ship machinery, such as propelling machinery, auxiliary motors, pumps, ventilating equipment, and steering gear, working from blueprints and using handtools, calipers, and micrometers. Lays out passage holes on bulkheads, decks, and other surfaces for connections, such as shafting and steam lines. Installs below-deck auxiliaries, such as evaporators, stills, heaters, pumps, condensers, and boilers and connects them to steampipe systems. Tests and inspects installed machinery and equipment during dock and sea trials. May set up and operate such machine shop tools as lathe, boring mill, planer, shaper, slotter, and milling machine to fabricate replacement parts.


Should I be an Outside Machinist?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Apprentice, Machinist, Outside, Machinist Apprentice, Outside, Outside-Installation Machinist See More

    How to become an Outside Machinist

    Most Outside Machinists have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9weaaa&chl=no+college+%2854%25%29|certificate+%2842%25%29|associate%27s+%284%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,54,54
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