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Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians
SOC Code: 49-3051.00

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


  • 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.

Technology Skills

  • 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

Tools Used

  • 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


  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.


  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • 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.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • 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.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Hearing Sensitivity - The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • 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.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • 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.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • 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.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.


  • 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.

Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 86% responded “Every day.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 80% responded “Every day.”
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment - 63% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 71% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 66% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 65% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 69% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 60% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 59% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Contact With Others - 53% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 50% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions - 42% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 42% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 43% responded “Very important results.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 36% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Outdoors, Under Cover - 45% responded “Every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 43% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 52% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 34% responded “Every day.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 46% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 53% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 34% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 44% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 34% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting - 44% responded “Every day.”
  • Consequence of Error - 33% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Physical Proximity - 47% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 28% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 38% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 28% responded “Limited responsibility.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 27% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 33% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Level of Competition - 31% responded “Highly competitive.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 37% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 32% responded “Fairly important.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions - 33% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling - 32% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 31% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 33% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”


Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
54%Post-secondary certificate
24%High school diploma or equivalent
12%Some college, no degree

Work Styles

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • 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.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Work Values

  • 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 & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $18.73 hourly, $38,960 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 23,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Little or no change (-1% to 1%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 2,400

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