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Watercraft Engineer/Operator

Watercraft engineers are primarily responsible for supervising or performing maintenance on Army watercraft and auxiliary equipment on marine vessels.

Job Duties
  • Perform daily systems checks.
  • Repair and maintain gasoline and diesel engines
  • Troubleshoot and repair watercraft propulsion machinery
  • Repair and service hoisting, lift machinery and engine-related electrical systems.

Job training for a geospatial engineer requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 10 weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field with on-the-job instructions, including on-the-job instruction for geographic information systems.
Some of the skills you will learn are:
  • Internal combustion engine theory
  • Repair of electronic and electrical machinery systems
  • Service and repair of fuel injection systems
  • Welding and machine shop fabrication

Helpful Skills
  • Interest in shop mechanics, fixing engines and machinery
  • Ability to use hand and power tools
  • Enjoy physical work.

  • Full Medical (if married includes spouse and any children in your custody)
  • Full Dental (if married includes spouse and any children in your custody)
  • Paid Housing (non married soldiers live in barracks, married soldiers have the option to live on post and not receive Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) ,which is a monthly stipend for housing, or live off-post and receive the BAH)
  • Food (non married soldiers eat at any military Dining Facility (DFAC) for free and married soldiers receive a Basic Allowance for Substance (BAS) which is a monthly stipend for food
  • $400,000 Life Insurance
  • College ($4K in annual tuition assistance during military service and 100% tuition paid after service through the Forever GI Bill, which also includes a housing allowance and book stipends)
  • Veteran Affairs (No money down home/business loans, fully comprehensive retirement benefits, and more)

This position requires enlistment into the US Army or US Army Reserve
  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You must be 17-34 years old
  • You must be in good physical condition
  • You must have a clean legal record
  • You must have a high school diploma or GED