Marine Services Technicians

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Marine services technicians inspect, maintain, and repair marine vessels, from small boats to large yachts. They work on vessels' hulls, engines, transmissions, navigational equipment, and electrical, propulsion, and refrigeration systems. Depending on their specialty, they may also be known as motorboat mechanics, marine electronics technicians, or marine fiberglass technicians. Marine services technicians may work at boat dealerships, boat repair shops, boat engine manufacturers, or marinas. Naturally, jobs are concentrated near large bodies of water and coastal areas. There are approximately 19,650 motorboat mechanics and service technicians employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Marine Electronics Technicians, Marine Fiberglass Technicians, Motorboat Mechanics
Duties Inspect, maintain, and repair marine vessels
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions, with high demand in warmer climes where boats sail year round
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Experience as a general boatyard worker
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Building/Trades
  • Computer
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Repair Shop Owner, Marina Manager, or Repair Shop Manager
  • Marine Services Technician
  • General Boatyard Laborer or Trainee

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