What does a Motorboat Mechanic and Service Technician do?
Repair and adjust electrical and mechanical equipment of inboard or inboard-outboard boat engines.
- 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.
- Perform routine engine maintenance on motorboats, such as changing oil and filters.