Boat/Small Engine Mechanic


Work Tasks

BOAT/SMALL ENGINE MECHANICS repair, service, and adjust electrical and mechanical equipment of gasoline or diesel-powered inboard or inboard-outboard boat engines. Most small boats have portable outboard engines that are removed and brought into the repair shop. Large craft, such as cabin cruisers and commercial fishing boats, are powered by diesel or gasoline inboard or inboard-outboard engines, which are only removed for major overhauls. Most of these repairs are made at the docks or marinas. Boat mechanics may also work on propellers, steering mechanisms, marine plumbing, and other boat equipment.

Salary, Size & Growth

Entry Requirements

Most BOAT/SMALL ENGINE MECHANICS learn their skills on the job or in formal training. It takes up to 3 years of on-the-job training to become skilled in all aspects of the repair of motorboat engines. Employers often send mechanics and trainees to special courses conducted by boat manufacturers and distributors. Most employers prefer to hire high school graduates for trainee mechanic positions. Employers hire persons with mechanical aptitude who are knowledgeable about the fundamentals of small engines. Knowledge of basic electronics is increasingly desirable for boat mechanics.