Summary Report for:
49-3051.00 - Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians
Repair and adjust electrical and mechanical equipment of inboard or inboard-outboard boat engines.
Sample of reported job titles: Boat Mechanic, Boat Motor Mechanic, Boat Rigger, Marine Mechanic, Marine Propulsion Technician, Marine Technician, Mechanic, Outboard Motor Mechanic, Outboard Technician, Service Technician
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
- Disassemble and inspect motors to locate defective parts, using mechanic's hand tools and gauges.
- Mount motors to boats and operate boats at various speeds on waterways to conduct operational tests.
- 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.
- 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.
- Set starter locks and align and repair steering or throttle controls, using gauges, screwdrivers, or wrenches.
- Adjust carburetor mixtures, electrical point settings, or timing while motors are running in water-filled test tanks.
- Repair engine mechanical equipment, such as power tilts, bilge pumps, or power take-offs.
- Inspect and repair or adjust propellers or propeller shafts.
- Repair or rework parts, using machine tools such as lathes, mills, drills, or grinders.
- Adjust generators and replace faulty wiring, using hand tools and soldering irons.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Allen wrench — Allen wrench sets
- Ball peen hammer — Ball peen hammers
- Battery testers — Battery load testers; Electrical diagnostic platform analyzers
- Calipers — Dial calipers
- Center punch — Automatic center punches
- Circuit tester — Test lights
- Cleaning scrapers — Carbon scrapers
- Coil condenser resistance or ohm tester — Coil function testers
- Cold chisels — Flat cold chisels
- Combination pliers
- Combination wrenches
- Compression pressure gauge — Leakdown testers
- Crimping pliers — Wire crimpers
- Crows foot wrench — Crowfoot wrenches
- Diagonal cut pliers — Diagonal cutting pliers
- Drill bit set — Power drill bit sets
- Engine injector tester — Idle air control signal tester
- Engine tune up tester — Peak voltage testers
- Feeler gauges — Taper feeler gauges
- Flashlight — Penlights
- Flat hand file — Tapered hand files
- Hacksaw — Mini hacksaws
- Hex keys — Hex sets; T handle hex wrenches
- Hold down clamps — Flywheel holders
- Impact screwdriver — Impact drivers
- Infrared thermometer — Temperature guns
- Inspection mirror — Inspection mirrors
- Locking pliers — Channel lock pliers; Vise grip pliers
- Magnetic tools — Magnetic pickup tools
- Multimeters — Digital multimeters
- Needlenose pliers — Needle nose pliers
- Parallel pin punch — Parallel pin punches
- Personal computers
- Picks — Mechanics' pick sets
- Piston ring compressor — Piston ring compressors
- Pullers — Cotter pin pullers; Seal pullers; Tie rod end pullers
- Punches or nail sets or drifts — Flat tip screw starters; Starter punches
- Ratchets — Speed handles
- Retaining ring pliers — Fixed tip snap ring pliers
- Rubber mallet — Dead blow hammers
- Screw extractors — Fluted screw extractors
- Screwdrivers — Phillips screwdrivers; Slot screwdrivers
- Socket attachments and accessories — Socket wrench extensions
- Socket sets — Torx bit sets
- Sockets — Metric flex sockets; Metric sockets; Standard flex sockets; Standard socket wrenches
- Soldering iron — Solder guns
- Spanner wrenches — Spanners
- Spark plug gap gauge — Spark plug gap testers
- Spark plug tester — Adjustable gap spark testers
- Spark plug wrench — Spark plug sockets
- Specialty wrenches — Bearing retainer wrenches; Breaker bars; Propeller wrenches; Shift cable tools (see all 5 examples)
- Tablet computers
- Tape measures — Measuring tapes
- Tongs — Mechanical fingers
- Torque wrenches — Torque adapters
- Wire brushes — Battery terminal cleaners
- Wire cutters
- Wire-stripping pliers — Wire strippers
Technology used in this occupation:
- Analytical or scientific software — CDI Electronics M.E.D.S.; Engine diagnostic scanners; Outboard engine diagnostic software; Rinda Technologies DIACOM Marine
- Inventory management software — Inventory tracking software
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
- Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
- Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
- Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
- Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
- Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
- Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
- Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
- Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
- Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
- Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
- Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
- Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
- Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
- Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
- Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
- Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
- Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
- Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
- Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
- Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
- Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
- Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
- Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
- Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
- Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Detailed Work Activities
- Align equipment or machinery.
- Repair defective engines or engine components.
- Repair worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
- Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
- Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
- Position equipment using hand tools, power tools, or heavy equipment.
- Inspect mechanical components of vehicles to identify problems.
- Adjust vehicle components according to specifications.
- Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
- Observe equipment in operation to detect potential problems.
- Repair electrical circuits or wiring.
- Repair non-engine automotive or vehicle components.
- Document test results.
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 92% responded “Every day.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 81% responded “Every day.”
- Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 78% responded “Every day.”
- In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — 76% responded “Every day.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 73% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 68% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 64% responded “A lot of freedom.”
- Spend Time Standing — 56% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 59% responded “Very important results.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 51% responded “Extremely important.”
- Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 54% responded “Every day.”
- Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 51% responded “Every day.”
- Telephone — 52% responded “Every day.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 50% responded “Every day.”
- Time Pressure — 42% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Contact With Others — 43% responded “Contact with others most of the time.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 46% responded “Every day.”
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 49% responded “Very high responsibility.”
- Deal With External Customers — 49% responded “Extremely important.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week — 49% responded “40 hours.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 39% responded “Limited freedom.”
- Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 55% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 38% responded “High responsibility.”
- Consequence of Error — 45% responded “Extremely serious.”
- In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 27% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 33% responded “About half the time.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 36% responded “Very important.”
- Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 36% responded “Every day.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 30% responded “Every day.”
- Outdoors, Under Cover — 29% responded “Every day.”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 35% responded “Important.”
- Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 37% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
- Physical Proximity — 40% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).”
- Spend Time Walking and Running — 37% responded “More than half the time.”
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 41% responded “More than half the time.”
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related Experience||Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|19||Less than high school diploma|
|16||High school diploma or equivalent|
Interest code: RCI
- Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
- Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
- Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
- Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
- Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$17.95 hourly, $37,340 annual|
|Employment (2012)||21,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Slower than average (3% to 7%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||5,500|
|Top industries (2012)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Small Engine Mechanics . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.