Marine services technicians are responsible for the maintenance and functionality of ships and other marine equipment. They often work in a marine services facility, such as a shipyard. Technicians must have a vast knowledge of the functionality of marine equipment, including navigation equipment, boat engines, hulls, propellers, and rigging. On top of this, they may also be required to install or repair electrical or sanitation services on a vessel, such as steering gear, and refrigeration.
When working within a marine services facility, technicians are required to examine orders or drawings for installations or repairs. They are also tasked with using marine railway or lift cranes to remove vessels from the ocean. Technicians oversee general upkeep of vessels and partake in the removal of debris, barnacles, or flaking paint from the exterior of the ship using scrapers and other tools. If parts of a ship are found to be damaged, technicians must be able to replace these sections with wood or fiberglass, sand the surfaces, and repaint the area.
Marine services technicians usually have a supervisor to whom they report. They may also approach their supervisor for consultations regarding sequences of operations or specific problems. Their hours are usually regular, but during spring and summer they may exceed a forty-hour workweek and work on weekends. They normally work in shops and indoor areas, performing work that mostly requires physical exertion. There are no official qualifications necessary for marine services technicians. Some employers prefer a high school diploma, and it's not uncommon for technicians to take relevant courses at a technical school.
Marine Services Technician Tasks
Liaise with shipyard personnel and boat representatives to ensure smooth communication.
Troubleshoot, identify, analyze, and repair product failures.
Commission and perform acceptance sea trails and demonstrate functionality of equipment to customers.
Install and maintain products and equipment at customers' sites.
Provide phone support to customers.