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Career Profile: Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians

Repair and adjust electrical and mechanical equipment of inboard or inboard-outboard boat engines.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 21,700 people employed as motorboat mechanics and service technicians in the United States. The median annual salary is $43,300. Entry level employees earn approximately $27,110 per year and senior employees earn approximately $66,230 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Start motors and monitor performance for signs of malfunctioning, such as smoke, excessive vibration, or misfiring.
  • Document inspection and test results and work performed or to be performed.
  • Mount motors to boats, and operate boats at various speeds on waterways to conduct operational tests.
  • Repair engine mechanical equipment, such as power tilts, bilge pumps, or power take-offs.
  • Perform routine engine maintenance on motorboats, such as changing oil and filters.
  • Replace parts, such as gears, magneto points, piston rings, or spark plugs, and reassemble engines.
  • Idle motors and observe thermometers to determine the effectiveness of cooling systems.
  • Inspect and repair or adjust propellers or propeller shafts.
  • Adjust carburetor mixtures, electrical point settings, or timing while motors are running in water-filled test tanks.
  • Set starter locks and align and repair steering or throttle controls, using gauges, screwdrivers, or wrenches.
  • Disassemble and inspect motors to locate defective parts, using mechanic's hand tools and gauges.
  • Adjust generators and replace faulty wiring, using hand tools and soldering irons.
  • Repair or rework parts, using machine tools such as lathes, mills, drills, or grinders.

Career List

Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
21,700
Annual Openings:
2,800
Increase in Openings by 2030:
13%
Annual Salary Range:
$27,110 - $66,230
Education Requirements:
High school diploma